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going to be using this for daily use , surfing , chatting, facebook, movies etc. no games . need some opinions. doesn't matter if its intel or amd. i just wanna get the fastest for the build. i would prefer newegg or microcenter. and the only things i don't need is mouse and keyboard and os. i would appreciate your help thank you.
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  1. ervinelim said:


    That is a good deal , but the OP needs a monitor too .

    Heres a build I worked on for another poster a couple of days ago .
    Probably the links wont work because they have been cut and pasted but a little time at Newegg and you will find the parts

    AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103941

    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131728

    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820134788

    SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670 1GB $55 [ after rebate ]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102930

    Seagate Barracuda ST3160316AS 160GB 7200 RPM $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148698

    Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147111

    Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply $20 [ after rebate ]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371003

    And dvd drive $20

    Total is $302

    and heres a monitor
    Acer G205HVbd Black 20"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009314

    EDIT: If you have a 64 bit OS then consider dropping the graphics card to a lower spec model , and using the money you save on a 2 x2 gig kit of RAM . If its 32 bit you are good as it is
  2. Outlander_04 said:
    That is a good deal , but the OP needs a monitor too .

    Heres a build I worked on for another poster a couple of days ago .
    Probably the links wont work because they have been cut and pasted but a little time at Newegg and you will find the parts

    AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103941

    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813131728

    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 $17
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820134788

    SAPPHIRE 100289VGAL Radeon HD 5670 1GB $55 [ after rebate ]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6814102930

    Seagate Barracuda ST3160316AS 160GB 7200 RPM $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6822148698

    Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811147111

    Antec Basiq BP350 350W ATX12V v2.01 Power Supply $20 [ after rebate ]
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817371003

    And dvd drive $20

    Total is $302

    and heres a monitor
    Acer G205HVbd Black 20"
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009314

    EDIT: If you have a 64 bit OS then consider dropping the graphics card to a lower spec model , and using the money you save on a 2 x2 gig kit of RAM . If its 32 bit you are good as it is


    GODLY BUILD!
  3. That GPU seems like overkill if youre not gaming and motherboard integrated graphics might not cut it for Blu Ray etc. I would suggest going with i3/H61 to take advantage of the decent integrated graphics on the i3-2100.

    If you can bump the budget up to around $430 you can get this:

    i3-2100
    2x2GB G.Skill NS
    ASRock H61M-VS
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB
    Antec Basiq BP350 350W
    Rosewill R102-P-BK
    SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner
    Hanns·G 20'' Monitor

    That comes to $427.92 before shipping and you should see big improvements over the Athlon and 2GB RAM I think.
  4. @ outlander -

    1. None of your links are going anywhere.

    2. The Propus range costs not more than a few dollars over the Ranas. And the 440 you "tried" to link is OEM, meaning it doesn't come with HSF.

    @ blud -

    If you want 4GB, get a single stick rather than 2X2, so that when the time comes, you'll still get to upgrade to 8 by just sticking in another single 4GB stick without having to throw away the current ones.

    And for non gaming needs, on-board gfx will be plenty good. If you absolutely are in the mood to spend $$$ on it, get a 4650 or something - max.

    EDIT- jmsellers posted while I was posting myself. I like his build, actually. Just swap out the Hanns-G for Samsung/LG/Asus/Acer/Dell/Viewsonic anything.
  5. calguyhunk said:
    @ outlander -

    1. None of your links are going anywhere.

    2. The Propus range costs not more than a few dollars over the Ranas. And the 440 you "tried" to link is OEM, meaning it doesn't come with HSF.

    @ blud -

    If you want 4GB, get a single stick rather than 2X2, so that when the time comes, you'll still get to upgrade to 8 by just sticking in another single 4GB stick without having to throw away the current ones.

    And for non gaming needs, on-board gfx will be plenty good. If you absolutely are in the mood to spend $$$ on it, get a 4650 or something - max.

    EDIT- jmsellers posted while I was posting myself. I like his build, actually. Just swap out the Hanns-G for Samsung/LG/Asus/Acer/Dell/Viewsonic anything.


    Hanns-G are fine, i have one of their monitors myself.
  6. calguyhunk said:
    @ outlander -

    1. None of your links are going anywhere.

    .



    I did say they were not going to work . When you cut and paste from one thread to another this always happens .
    Im not sure why you bothered to mention this , since I already had .

    As also pointed out [ by me and others ] the graphics card is stronger than needed for this build , and this is the thing I would compromise .

    The X3 Athlons with higher clocked cores are probably more appropriate to this build than a slower clocked quad at the same price .
    The build is based on high quality components that will have a long life .Just what the OP needs .
    The monitor selection was made pretty much on size . There were plenty of $99 18.5 inch or 19 inch monitors . I'd always go for a bigger screen and since the 20 inch fits the budget its a deal .
    And it fits the budget of $400 .


    If the budget was higher then the intel builds based on the i3 2100 are clearly superior . They will run cooler and they will run faster . But I cant see the point in ignoring the OP's budget . If we do that then I doubt we are being that helpful
  7. Outlander_04 said:
    I did say they were not going to work
    Yeah, you did mention it actually. Went straight to the build without reading the preface :P

    @ OP squirrel's combo is an absolute steal. But adding a standard 1600 X 900 20" monitor will increase your budget substantially.

    Try this -

    CPU: $100 AMD Athlon II X4 640

    Mobo: $55 ASUS M5A78L-M LX. AM3 ready.

    RAM: $26 CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM. Plug-&-play DDR3 CL9. No manual BIOS settings. Single stick to accomodate future upgrade to 8GB if & when desired.

    HDD: $40 Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM

    ODD: $20 Sony Optiarc CD/DVD Burner SATA Model with LightScribe Support.

    Case+PSU: $60 COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Elite 460W Power Supply

    Monitor: $130 SAMSUNG 20" LED BackLight LCD Monitor.

    $430+ negligible shipping (maybe). Quality components with upgrade room. Get the Haans-G if you wanna save a further 30 bucks.

    You've got lotsa choices already. Start asking questions :)
  8. try checking out http://apcmag.com/extreme-budget-pc.htm , and you can play around with other parts to fit your needs, and upgrade as you see fit.
  9. Best answer
    calguyhunk said:


    RAM: $26 CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM. Plug-&-play DDR3 CL9. No manual BIOS settings. Single stick to accomodate future upgrade to 8GB if & when desired.


    Case+PSU: $60 COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310 ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, Elite 460W Power Supply



    Probably better to use dual channel ram now . Theres little chance of needing an upgrade and by then DDR3 will be so cheap just replacing with a larger kit is not a problem.
    The case looks cute . But the power supply is a turkey . Definitely doesnt have a place in a modern computer

    So heres how I would revise my original suggestion taking in to account daily deals and some of the other suggestions in this thread. Even provided links

    AMD Athlon II X3 445 Rana 3.1GHz $75
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103872

    ASUS M5A78L-M LX AM3+ AMD 760G $58
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131728

    Patriot Gamer 2 Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220555

    ASUS EAH5450 SILENT/DI/512MD3(LP) Radeon HD 5450 $18
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121444

    Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM $40
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148767

    Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower $30
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147111

    XIGMATEK NRP-PC Series ACXTNRP-PC402 400W ATX12V $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817815007

    DVD any $20

    Acer S201HLbd Black 20" 5ms LED-Backlight LCD monitor $110
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009256


    The x3 because the computer wont be doing heavy multitasking that an x4 would be better at .
    dual channel ram for added speed
    a dedicated graphics card to take graphics load off the system ram
    a power supply with active pcf and high efficiency
    the cheapest 20 inch LED back lit LCD

    Total $404
  10. Not really ignoring the budget, that i3 build is only like $30 over. You could save that by getting a smaller monitor and possibly a cheaper case.
  11. Best answer selected by blud7027.
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