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$400-500 budget non-gamer build for friend

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November 21, 2011 1:20:32 PM

All,

Have a friend who wants to build his own computer, but has a rather limited budget. $400-500, preferably the lower end of that spectrum. He doesn't game, doesn't need to overclock . . . basically it will just be an internet machine and maybe stream videos, youtube stuff, etc. I have very little experience with lower end "budget" builds and thier components, so help from this community would be greatly appreciated.

Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever

Budget Range: $400-500 before MIR

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing internet, watching movies, etc

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse. No accessories needed

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com or www.scan.co.uk for bigger parts like case. We live in the UK, but have a US postal address (APO military)

Country: UK

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: Unknown, but I doubt it's better than 1920x1080

Additional Comments: It would be "nice" if it was a little flashy. Window and LED fans and all that. But value > appearance. Since he's not going to be using it for gaming, I assume integrated graphics would work. HDD prices are through the roof with the floods, and he has a HDD in his current HP, but I'm not sure what the connection is, IDE/SATA, so I'm not even sure we could use it, depending on mobo selection.

Thank you all in advance for your help!
November 21, 2011 1:41:48 PM

Value case with USB III

NZXT Source 210 Elite Black Steel with painted interior ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ Black Front Trim
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

80+ Bronze PSU from Seasonic

SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W ATX12V V2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The small Quad Core Llano with 6530 IGP

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

A55 motherboard with native USB & SATA & eSata III

ASRock A55 PRO3 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

8GB of RAM

Kingston HyperX Grey Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3X2K2/8GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

For now the best HDD price/storage

HITACHI Deskstar 7K1000.D HDS721075DLE630 (0F13179) 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


SUM 442$
November 21, 2011 2:51:28 PM

Thanks for the reply, Michxymi. That build looks pretty good for what he needs.

Question though . . . isn't 8gb ram a bit of overkill for this system? Could he save much with 4gb?

Also, no onboard USB 3.0 header on the mobo, but I guess we could route it out the back.
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November 21, 2011 5:53:48 PM

Hobo82 said:
Thanks for the reply, Michxymi. That build looks pretty good for what he needs.

Question though . . . isn't 8gb ram a bit of overkill for this system? Could he save much with 4gb?

Also, no onboard USB 3.0 header on the mobo, but I guess we could route it out the back.


With such prices no it's not...More RAM = Faster Response. It's something he will notice on his new system

Yes route it out the back ;) 
January 24, 2014 8:05:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Solution RSB400 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($44.99 @ TigerDirect)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $436.19
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 22:58 EST-0500)

So to save some money in the build I went with a case+psu combo. Thats what I personally have. Obviously buying one by itself would be better so I will do another build with a case and a seperate PSU. The build I have also allows you to have a more powerful procceser/gpu. As far as the RAM goes. Personally my own system idles at like 2 or so. I just always go with 8gb to be safe and its pretty much the same everywhere. When your running IGP you definetly want the extra ram though. Currently on my laptop which has integrated intel HD something im at 3.14 gb of ram out of 8gb with just my browser open with 5 tabs. Doesnt hurt to have a bit extra anyways.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.00 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($47.34 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Mwave)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Microcenter)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $478.53
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-24 23:05 EST-0500)

So I mean with getting a case and psu seperate you do spend a bit more. You also though get an 80+ bronze psu though which is not a bad thing to have. Will save you some money in the long run. I also changed the case in the second build so you wouldnt be stuck with an psu and personally I think the second case is amazing... Now wheres my wallet?
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