Total (after tax/shipping) is at $412. I realize I still have the room in my budget, but really would like to keep the cost low.
Main things I would like to be sure of before I buy:
1. I am not sure if these items have all the cables I need. If anyone's bought these items before, it would be nice to know if I need to get extra cables.
2. Is the PSU enough if I were to get a graphics card in the future? Just for reference, if I were to get a graphics card for it, it would be at max a GTX 460 768mb card. If it isn't enough, not a big deal, I just won't upgrade graphics card.
3. I have a Windows XP 64 bit sitting around somewhere. That will work well with this stuff?
You are on the right track and have good hardware listed. The build below is for comparison... Note that an AM3+ motherboard will give you better CPU upgrade options down the road. The 430w power supply will handle a modest GPU like the GTX 460 or HD 6850, but I would opt up for a 500w / 550w for good measure.
"Bare Drive" will not come with a SATA cable so plan on picking one up if the HD you go wtih is listed this way.
Don't mess around with WinXP 64-bit as you will run into software and driver issues. Best to opt up to Win7 64-bit (Home Premium).
This computer is built with no future upgrades planned. I do not have a spare Windows 7 64 bit sitting around, so that upgrade will be a bit expensive. Since I am not going to be doing anything too drastic (my hardware is not too specific and I don't plan on putting too much on it in terms of software), do you think I might be able to get away with the WinXP 64 bit?
You don't want XP. Its old, very old. The only people still rocking XP is 14 year olds who just got into computers and think XP is the best OS ever made. Sadams has a solid build if you don't game that would fit your budget fine. You said ~$500 and its clearly less than $500.
Sadams has a solid build if you don't game that would fit your budget fine. You said ~$500 and its clearly less than $500.
It is not less than $500 when I have to buy Windows 7. I have a spare WinXP key sitting around, which is why I want to use it. In addition, I don't have any complaints about his build, it looks good. Like he said, it is just for comparison.
A combination of those two builds should be able to get you at $500 with the OS license. For example, my build with your X3 445 shaves off $40. Also, since you stated this PC won't be upgraded... You can swap the AM3+ motherboard with an AM3 board (like you listed) and further save some money. I would look for an ASUS or Gigabyte board with integrated HD 4250. The ASUS below would shave another $25. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Play around with the parts... Getting under / at $500 with the OS cost shouldn't be much of a problem.
It has more to do with the chip than the board. You need a good board of coarse but the chip needs to have the extra core to begin with. Its 50/50 on unlocking. Probably less now since its been so long since release.
There is also a model with black trim and one with silver. As for getting a GPU the GTX 460 is a bit power hungry for that PSU and while you should be fine, stressing the PSU with that may shorten it's life a little ^_^ and on the AMD side you may want to look at the 6850. If you go with the Xigmatek case you'd have enough for a power miserly Radeon 5770 1GB and still be under budget .
Oh yeah, pay attention to what they say about the standoffs for the Xigmatek case, it's a good case but the standoffs are a pain ^_^. If you read toms $500 builds you'll see they have been using this case lately and they have the same comment.