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Cranking a $450 home/office PC

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February 7, 2012 2:09:15 AM

I came here hoping that someone would help me choose the parts I could use to build a PC for someone.

Basically, the PC will be used for work (creating documents/spreadsheets/various tasks), photography, and casual use.

I should note that I need to order the parts within the next couple of days.

So I am needing something that has:

·4GB of RAM
·1 hard-drive with around 80 GB
·On-board video on the motherboard
·At least 6 USB ports (they were adamant about that)

They do not need a keyboard, monitor, mouse, or speakers.

I don't really want to go past $450 (including Windows 7 OEM). The cheaper the better, as long as we're not sacrificing too much power or quality. I'm wanting to get them something that'll actually last more than 3 months and will allow them to finish their work more quickly.

I prefer to order the parts through NewEgg.

I'm assembling in the USA.

No overclocking.

No SLI (need onboard video).

The monitor resolution is 1024x768.

If there is anything else I can share to make this easier for someone to help me, let me know.
February 7, 2012 5:16:44 AM

Try this build:

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $58.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total: $332 before shipping and taxes (if applicable) + $100 for Windows 7 OEM


Edit: If you can, maybe try to get this motherboard instead:

ASUS F1A55-M LE FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $79.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It also has 6 USB ports, but has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. I think that puts you right at your budget limit.
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February 7, 2012 5:31:53 AM

The only thing with the motherboards is that they don't have the onboard video.
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February 7, 2012 5:32:38 AM

The graphics are integrated into the CPU.
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February 7, 2012 5:57:17 AM

You could purchase such a system from the leading makers for about $350. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Any way, here is what I came up with.

CPU - AMD A4-3300 - $64.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Motherboard - Gigabyte A75 - $64.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ram - 4gb DDR3 - $19.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Hard drive - 160gb WD - $69.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD RW Drive - Samsung - $16.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Case/PSU - Antec - $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows Home Premium 64 bit - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $426.93

Note the motherboard has both 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 connectors on the back. USB 3.0 can be used with USB 2.0 devices. Also, there are internal header connectors on the motherboard to hook up addition USB connectors on the case front.

Lastly, if you need more ports on the front, you could add this in one of the empty 3.5" or 5.25" drive bays. $28.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 7, 2012 6:18:39 AM

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February 7, 2012 6:21:21 AM

hpdeskjet said:
The graphics are integrated into the CPU.

Whether it will really down?
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February 7, 2012 6:48:33 AM

I know most teckies prefer to build their own. But it sounds like you're trying to get a modest pc going. For the price point you're trying to work at it's not an efficient or economically wise thing to do to build your own. IMHO you're better off just buying a ready built computer.

Here's two which match you're criteria, for ready built economic computers, I'm HP all the way.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

By the way bro. I spent some time searching for compatible builds of your requirements. Every time I thought I had it, it always fell apart on usb count. Either the board couldn't have it or the case couldn't have it and to get it it would have jumped the price beyond. Like I said before. When' you're going cheap, you have to go pre-built. The manufacturers get the better deals. Roughly once you start dealing with machines $800 and up then it's more to your advantage to piece it together. Best of luck.

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February 7, 2012 12:31:34 PM

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