Need everything under $500

Approximate Purchase Date: no more than 2 months

Budget Range: sub $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: general family computing, might throw a video card in in the future for light gaming

Parts Not Required: need everything

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: maybe

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: depends, probably 1600X900

Additional Comments: My parents laptop broke so they need a new computer. One thing I was wondering was if I could reuse the hard drive and the os on it to help bring down the cost. It is has a capacity of 320gb, rpm of 5400, and windows 7.
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  1. Everything means with monitor and keyboard and mouse and speakers?
  2. Yes, including monitor, mouse/keyboard, and speakers.

    What I have so far

    Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147112

    LG CD/DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model GH22NS70 OEM - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136238

    AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9K2/2G
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134637

    BIOSTAR A870 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138324

    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

    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033

    Link Depot 6 ft. Computer AC powe cable Model POW-6
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812189160

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

    Microsoft Desktop 400 5MH-00001 Black USB Wired Standard Keyboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109232

    Hanns·G HZ201DPB Black 20" 5ms WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers 250 cd/m2 X-Contrast 15,000:1 (1,000:1)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254055

    Comes up to about $503.
  3. AT $500, I would bother building a system..... you won't be able to buy parts comparable to a carefully chosen store bought system of the same price....the mass marketers simply can buy the parts a lot cheaper than you can one at a time.... ..At about $800, I find I can build comparable systems cheaper than I can buy a store bought system.
  4. Jack: thats because you don't really try :)

    sky has a decent build, however, when you add the power cord to the Amntec 380W...you might as well get the Corsair 430W instead at 44.99 w/ $10 Mail in rebate
  5. JackNaylorPE said:
    AT $500, I would bother building a system..... you won't be able to buy parts comparable to a carefully chosen store bought system of the same price....the mass marketers simply can buy the parts a lot cheaper than you can one at a time.... ..At about $800, I find I can build comparable systems cheaper than I can buy a store bought system.


    Actually, taking a quick look at best buy's website, the standard for a $400 computer is a pentium processor, 4gb ram, and around 500 gb hard drive. So the build sky listed (thanks by the way, awesome build) is superior in that it would have a better processor, case, and psu.
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