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New Budget All Purpose PC ($300-$400)

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November 2, 2011 12:21:43 PM

I am wanting to loose my computer building virginity with our next family PC. I have been reading a lot and am now more confused than ever as to what would be the best route to go. I am hoping to get some suggestions from everyone here as to the best bang for my buck for the following:


Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP, but can wait until boxing week if there is potential for a great deal

Budget Range: $300-$400 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: everyday tasks (web browsing, e-mail, office, yourtube videos), light gaming (The Sims, kids games, online flash games), Video editing using Sony Vegas (not HD at the moment, but will probably go that route soon), photoshop

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, I also have a coolermaster 400W PSU I can re-use

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: I have a Memoryexpress store local so would prefer them, however I also like Tigerdirect.ca and Newegg.ca


Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: No Preference, I have considered a system using either the i3-2100 or the A8-3850, but I am really curious to see what everyone here recommends.

Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Monitor Resolution: Currently using 1024 x 768


Additional Comments: A must is a case with USB ports on the front and a card reader. I can re-use the one from my current Compaq Futureshop special if needed.

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November 2, 2011 12:31:59 PM

The A-8 3850 is your best choice, matched with either a cheaper A75 if you can find one, or an A55. Get a cheap case, as this produces very little heat, and you wont need a lot of fans. I believe there is a 1TB HDD right now on Newegg.com for roughly $80, and since you need none of the budget killers, you can probably re-use your disc drive if it has sata connectors as well. Overall, a decent A75 Mobo, A-8 3850, and HDD will run you $295 USD, and a cheap case will bridge to the $325 range. RAM for this cpu/gpu is suggested the "faster the better" approach, so 4GB of 1600 is my suggestion, and you can get a single stick for $25, or a double for around $32. This is about the best you will get on your budget, as it is very tight.

Total for this package will be roughly $390, and you will need to re-use everything you can. This build however will last for quite a long time.
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November 2, 2011 12:46:47 PM

A4-3400 + mobo $175
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-BDL_A43400_A7...(ME).aspx

G.skill Ripjaws 4gb $30
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX33242(ME).aspx

Elite 310 $48
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24739(ME).aspx

500gb Harddrive $90
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX32594(ME).aspx

LG DVD Drive $20
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24925(ME).aspx

Cx400 $30
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22031(ME).aspx

$393

If you can stretch you budget to at least $50. An a6-3650 would be best. It only cost about $225 with motherboard. So it would cost about $450. I would suggest getting the a6-3650 if you can since it is quad core and the a4-3400 is only dual core.

If you can reuse your case, then it would be great.

Get the a6-3650 /w motherboard. $225
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-BDL_A63650_F1...(ME).aspx

Don't reuse the PSU. Coolermaster is very bad with PSUs
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November 2, 2011 12:48:03 PM

casualbuilder said:
The A-8 3850 is your best choice, matched with either a cheaper A75 if you can find one, or an A55. Get a cheap case, as this produces very little heat, and you wont need a lot of fans. I believe there is a 1TB HDD right now on Newegg.com for roughly $80, and since you need none of the budget killers, you can probably re-use your disc drive if it has sata connectors as well. Overall, a decent A75 Mobo, A-8 3850, and HDD will run you $295 USD, and a cheap case will bridge to the $325 range. RAM for this cpu/gpu is suggested the "faster the better" approach, so 4GB of 1600 is my suggestion, and you can get a single stick for $25, or a double for around $32. This is about the best you will get on your budget, as it is very tight.

Total for this package will be roughly $390, and you will need to re-use everything you can. This build however will last for quite a long time.


Sadly, he's not from the states. He's in canada.
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November 2, 2011 1:34:24 PM

cutebeans said:
A4-3400 + mobo $175
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-BDL_A43400_A7...(ME).aspx

G.skill Ripjaws 4gb $30
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX33242(ME).aspx

Elite 310 $48
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24739(ME).aspx

500gb Harddrive $90
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX32594(ME).aspx

LG DVD Drive $20
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX24925(ME).aspx

Cx400 $30
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX22031(ME).aspx

$393

If you can stretch you budget to at least $50. An a6-3650 would be best. It only cost about $225 with motherboard. So it would cost about $450. I would suggest getting the a6-3650 if you can since it is quad core and the a4-3400 is only dual core.

If you can reuse your case, then it would be great.

Get the a6-3650 /w motherboard. $225
http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-BDL_A63650_F1...(ME).aspx

Don't reuse the PSU. Coolermaster is very bad with PSUs


Thanks for the parts list....

I can re-use the case, but thought it may be better to restore the system to factory default and try to sell it for $150 or so.
Current system is a dual core E2120 with 2 GB Ram and 360 GB HDD.
I would upgrade the current system, but the mobo is so limited seems like a waste of time.
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November 2, 2011 1:45:22 PM

Oh. Just sell the whole thing. If you can spare another $50 dollars get the a6-3650 if not the parts I listed is fine.
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November 3, 2011 12:03:47 AM

Wow, that's pretty good and cheap. Go for it.
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