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Budget Build for Internet Browsing - Under $500

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February 3, 2012 1:18:43 PM

Looking to build a budget PC for a person who really only surfs the web, some word processing, and Facebook style games. Here's what I came up with, but I wanted to ask if there's any corners I can cut, or any better parts for a similar price. I would like to keep the bundle from MWave together, since I'm doing this a favor, I don't want to have to buy thermal paste and assemble the processor.



Intel BX80623G620 Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz Socket 1155 65W Dual-core Desktop Processor
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BA48...

ASUS P8H67-M PRO/CSM REV 3.0
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BE90...

CRUCIAL 4GB KIT DDR3 1333-(2GB x 2)
http://www.mwave.com/mwave/SKUSearch.asp?scriteria=BA25...

ASSEMBLE/TEST: Motherboard, CPU, Memory
MWave Bundle Pricing - $212.96

XION XON-160PCB Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case with 500 Watt Power Supply, USB K/B, Optical Mouse, Multimedia Speaker $64.99 ($15 rebate)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now: $79.99

ASUS 24X DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Now: $20.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit – OEM
$99.99


Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: Less than $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet
Parts Not Required: n/a
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Mwave, TigerDirect, Amazon
Country: US
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: not picky

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February 3, 2012 1:44:13 PM

Main thing I see is that case and power supply.

Should be able to find a good SeaSonic, Corsair, or Antec PSU on Newegg for less than $40 with a sale.
I have an NZXT Gamma case, but the case isn't too important.
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February 3, 2012 1:46:32 PM

Looks great, but $110 for a H67?? You can get a full featured Z68 for less than $120.

I think you should be looking at a H61, I paid $55 for mine.

If you don't mind rebates, you should be able to get 8GB of ram for that price, I paid $25 for mine.

I certainly would save some money on the mobo and get a better psu.

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February 3, 2012 1:52:47 PM

Thank you for the feedback. I will look for a different case.

The MB I was somewhat stuck with since I had to buy one in the bundle. There were Intel MB for less, but I've used ASUS before and been happy.
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February 3, 2012 1:53:33 PM

MOBO : ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CPU : AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM : Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD-RW : LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CASE+PSU : Thermaltake VL84301W2Z V3 Black Edition with 430W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD : HITACHI Deskstar 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
MONITOR : Acer S200HLAbd Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
TOTAL : $501.92
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February 3, 2012 1:54:48 PM

For that type of usage, it would be less expensive to buy the lowest cost machine from one of the major makers. You can get HP, Dell, Lenovo, Acer, etc. for sometimes as low as $299. You can really save if you go to their outlet site and get a refurb. These will still have a warranty, and they will be "debugged".

This would be one example of a new system. http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_ser...
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February 3, 2012 2:25:40 PM

You can get a Lenovo Desktop with an i3-2120 at Staples for about $450. ;) 
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February 4, 2012 1:25:13 PM

What's the point of a bundle if your paying $110 for a H67????
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