$450 budget build

I'm going to build a computer for my paretns and the max budget is $450.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks

Budget Range: $450 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: average computer stuff, gaming if possible

Parts Not Required: moniter

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution:1920x1080

Additional Comments: I have had the tought creeping in the back of my mind of buying a preconfigured dell, hp,etc. computer and throwing in a video card, any comments on that.

What I have so far.

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX450WFGMBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151233

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185

Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10660) Desktop Memory Model TED34096M1333HC9DC
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313072

BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138182

XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V Ver.2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833704059

Microsoft ANB-00001 Black USB Wired Slim Keyboard 600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.703110

NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061

And then whatever cords are needed.
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  1. This is a decent budget setup. If you can, you can buy the Phenom II x2 555 for $88 before $5 promo:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103846
    Make sure your motherboard has the option to unlock cores. Mots brands will not hesitate to advertise it in their detailed specs. If it doesn't unlock for you, the PII x255 is still a badass CPU with easy overclocking if you were to change your mind. The Athlon II x3 already has 3 cores guarantee and I know some people have had unlocked to 4 cores for those too. Not completely sure though :) Either way... you're good to go. You will have enough power from your PSU to power a Radeon HD 6850 if you plan to game. Otherwise you're only using integrated graphics. You won't be doing any decent gaming with that. You can always grab a cheap discrete GPU for now. The 5450 is like only $35.
  2. ^+1

    I think Llano would be a smarter choice for you, but that's just me. Though it's hard to fit that into such a small budget.
  3. A8-3850 + Win7 64-Bit $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693404
    Asrock A75M-HVS + A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $93
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.712639
    Xigmatek 400w $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007&Tpk=400w%20xigmatek
    Seagate 500GB + Lite-On DVD/CD Drive $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696127
    NZXT Beta $34 w/ Promo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146055
    Total: $435
    I think that's a much better use of the money. Just saying, It'll allow you to actually game. Took me a while to fit it under $450
  4. Definitely the Llano build at that price range IMO

    aznshinobi 's build looks really good
  5. Ok thanks, really liking that llano build. Also, will it still be able to use that network card that I originally listed.
    TP-LINK TL-WN781ND Wireless Adapter IEEE 802.11b/g/n PCI Express Up to 150Mbps Wireless Data Rates 64/128-Bit WEP, WPA, WPA2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6833704059
  6. Yes it should be able to use it just fine. Just download the drivers, that goes for most things though.
  7. I still have one more question, how would this compare to a prebuilt computer (i.e. dell) and drop in a $50-$80 video card. What would be the pros and cons of each.
  8. The build would better for the money compared to pre-builts. You get upgradability, the power supply actually is decent, you get a better video card than most pre-builts would already have in it. The only negative is that you would troubleshoot yourself.
  9. OK, I'm still wondering about that motherboard because I always get a little nervous on the reliability of a motherboard for under $70.
  10. It's a fine motherboard. If anything pre-builts parts have worse reliability.
  11. Ok, thanks.
  12. Some more questions, I'm assuming that the hdmi on the motherboard is not the mini/micro hdmi but standard and the hard drive seems to not have some of the best reviews but still decent.
  13. Yes...
  14. Thanks, just want to make sure I get everything right this time, made some mistakes with my first build.
  15. aznshinobi said:
    A8-3850 + Win7 64-Bit $220
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.693404
    Asrock A75M-HVS + A-DATA XPG 4GB DDR3 1600 $93
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.712639
    Xigmatek 400w $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007&Tpk=400w%20xigmatek
    Seagate 500GB + Lite-On DVD/CD Drive $53
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.696127
    NZXT Beta $34 w/ Promo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146055
    Total: $435
    I think that's a much better use of the money. Just saying, It'll allow you to actually game. Took me a while to fit it under $450



    I really like this build... I am seeking to build my first system
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