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Budget Office Build (sub $500)

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September 5, 2011 6:51:25 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: $300-$500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing with dozens of open tabs, GIS (ArcMap), database building

Parts Not Required: KB, Mouse, Speakers, Case (Was given a UV Wizard), Using my old Apple 23" Cinema display

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon.com or Newegg.com

Country of Origin: N/A

Parts Preferences: AMD CPU, Any MOBO, but one with good support and reputation

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: I'm sorry, I don't know what this means.

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1200

Additional Comments: My biggest concern here is expandability. I want a machine that I can grow with. This is my first PC (I'm an Apple guy), and I want something I can tinker with and expand later on down the road. Looking at the AMD A6 or A8 APU. The ASUS F1A75-V Pro looks good and has the expandability I want, but something tells me it is overkill and my noobishness dones't know if I should hold back.
September 5, 2011 6:52:17 AM

Are you set on AMD? If not heres an intel build

Processor: Core i3 2100 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS $60 (55 if bought in sept)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston DDR3 1333 ValueRam 4GB $26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Radeon HD 4650 1GB $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ $65 (can be 49.99 with promo code EMCKBGK32 until 9/5/11)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: Stock Heatsink+Fan (dont forget to buy thermal paste ($5-10)for connecting the CPU to the heatsink)

DVD Burner: SONY Black DVD-ROM Drive $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$403 pretax/shipping
September 5, 2011 7:48:33 AM

cgleckman said:
Are you set on AMD? If not heres an intel build

Processor: Core i3 2100 $125
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-VS $60 (55 if bought in sept)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: Kingston DDR3 1333 ValueRam 4GB $26
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Graphics Card: Radeon HD 4650 1GB $45 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Hard Drive: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ $65 (can be 49.99 with promo code EMCKBGK32 until 9/5/11)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case: APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower $35 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply: XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Cooling: Stock Heatsink+Fan (dont forget to buy thermal paste ($5-10)for connecting the CPU to the heatsink)

DVD Burner: SONY Black DVD-ROM Drive $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: ~$403 pretax/shipping


why add a graphics card to this build at all ? The processor graphics would handle this usage


why get thermal paste? Theres some pre applied to the stock cooler
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September 5, 2011 7:53:14 AM

Outlander_04 said:
why add a graphics card to this build at all ? The processor graphics would handle this usage


why get thermal paste? Theres some pre applied to the stock cooler


eh ya you can eliminate the graphics and save $45 if you want it wont make a difference, and the thermal paste was not suppose to be there lol.
September 5, 2011 8:06:43 AM

AMD A6-3650 Llano $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock A75 PRO4-M FM1 $80
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Any dvd drive $20

Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total is $400

The motherboard has additional RAM slots and dvi/ HDMI connectors
The RAM is 1866 MHz which improves Llanos graphics and system performance
The case is a quality unit and so is the power supply .

You also need a copy of windows 7 64 bit oem $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can build this more cheaply , but you start to compromise on quality

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