700$ non-gaming build

Approximate Purchase Date: today or monday

Budget Range:700$

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Is for my fiance, she has bunch of music and pictures and likes to surch the web. Doesnt really need anything for gaming purposes other then maybe some stupid flash games or w/e

Parts Not Required: need it all

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com or amazon.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Intel processor, that is if amd isnt a better choice here.

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: would love to get 1080p for the monitor

Additional Comments:please remember that i need the os/monitor along with the core build.Hopefully we dont think that i will require a dedicated graphics card and will beable to be more flexible with the budget:)

thanks in advance for suggestions/help
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  1. FYI you might be interested in a similar thread I started an hour or two ago, also for my fiancee. Not exactly a perfect match in purpose but I think there might be enough crossover to be useful.

    Here's the link.
  2. Honestly for you, an already built computer would work just fine.

    Something like this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=491774&CatId=4929
    with this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=975738&CatId=2775

    Which would bring you up to 629.98 before tax.
  3. MOBO : GIGABYTE GA-A55M-S2V FM1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128528
    CPU : AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz FM1 65W Triple-Core with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951
    RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748
    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    CASE : NZXT Source 210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
    DVD=RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    MONITOR : HANNspree By Hanns-G Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011
    TOTAL : $584.91
  4. aschamne said:
    Honestly for you, an already built computer would work just fine.

    Something like this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=491774&CatId=4929
    with this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=975738&CatId=2775

    Which would bring you up to 629.98 before tax.



    i dont want a prebuilt sorry. plz dont post any links to prebuilt in this thread. i appreciate the want to help but im looking to build somthing.

    it is such an advantage to build it yourself
  5. forgot to ask, did you need a mouse and keyboard too?
  6. black2000x said:
    forgot to ask, did you need a mouse and keyboard too?


    no dont put that in the budget
  7. sosofm said:
    MOBO : GIGABYTE GA-A55M-S2V FM1
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128528
    CPU : AMD A6-3500 Llano 2.1GHz FM1 65W Triple-Core with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951
    RAM : Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146748
    HDD : Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769
    PSU : CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
    CASE : NZXT Source 210
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
    DVD=RW : SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    OS : Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986
    MONITOR : HANNspree By Hanns-G Black 21.5" 5ms Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor w/Speakers
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824262011
    TOTAL : $584.91


    just wondering why the amd route? i have been a little out of the build world for about 6 months. Im concerned that the processor wont perform very well if ur using graphics at the same time.

    just a little more info on why the amd route is all im wanting :) thx for the help
  8. BTW

    I need this computer to beable to access her wifi at her school. Do i need to buy a wifi adapter for the motherboard for this feature?
  9. Do not go AMD.
    If you have the budget for the i5 go with one of those.

    Will add in link to PC in a few minutes (eating)
  10. aschamne said:
    Honestly for you, an already built computer would work just fine.

    Something like this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=491774&CatId=4929
    with this
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=975738&CatId=2775

    Which would bring you up to 629.98 before tax.


    Just for future reference, when some one asks with help for a build, give them help with the build, and don' try to change their mind on what they want to do. Also, another future note, never buy from tigerdirect. Just don't.
  11. andrewcarr said:
    Do not go AMD.
    If you have the budget for the i5 go with one of those.

    Will add in link to PC in a few minutes (eating)


    Uhh, on a $700 budget that won't work. Remember he needs OS and monitor as well.
  12. So here is my opinion. It doesn't matter whether you go amd or intel, seeing as this computer won't be used for anything very intense it seems. So, the AMD APU is actually a good choice because it handles the graphics and processing, which means you don't have to use the crappy inboard video chip set. Also, because you are going to need a monitor, OS, and most likely a wireless adapter now, AMD is a good choice. Out of the two (intel and amd) amd is the best for budget builds.
  13. Okay here is one with an i5 that is only slightly over budget.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5NZo
    you will also need this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074
    If it is too much you can drop the CPU down to this (which upgrades the graphics intel HD 3000 vs the HD 2000)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115093
  14. Let me lead off with this. I would in no way consider AMD in this build. AMD's strongest product right now is its Llano line up because of their powerful integrated graphics and quad core processor. But, you said your fiance isn't going to be going any serious gaming or using any program that would benefit from a quad core, so that doesn't matter. Right now in CPU power Intel is (unfortunately) undisputed king of the hill, so an Intel CPU is undoubtedly the way to go. Intel integrated graphics will be more than powerful enough to handle your more day to day general computer needs, like flash games. All this being said here's my suggestion...

    Part list permalink: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5NXA
    Part price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5NXA/by_merchant

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.50 @ SuperBiiz)
    - This is a great budget processor. Although it's only a dual core it has hyper threading to logically address 4 threads. This soars past AMD's lineup in single thread operations (which is the majority of things).

    Motherboard: ASRock H61M/U3S3 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
    - A nothing fancy, simple motherboard. No bells and whistles that increase the price.

    Memory: G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($36.99 @ Newegg)
    - You could get away with 4Gb, but RAM is so cheap why the hell not get 8? You could get faster timings and frequency, but you get minimal payback from that.

    Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($80.64 @ SuperBiiz)
    - Hopefully 500 Gb will be enough? You didn't specify so I went middle of the road on storage.

    Case: Antec NSK4482B ATX Mid Tower Case w/380W Power Supply ($87.21 @ SuperBiiz)
    - Antec's a great company and makes awesome power supplies. Not the fanciest looking case but should be good for your build and the 380W psu is pretty much overkill for your needs.

    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($25.98 @ Newegg)
    - Any optical drive will do... which brand's logo do you like to look at more?

    Monitor: Asus VE228H 21.5" Monitor ($143.78 @ SuperBiiz)
    - This is definitely not an area I'm more knowledgeable on, but this is an LED backlit, 1920x1080 resolution, has an hdmi input, an had good ratings.

    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

    Total: $661.08
    (Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
    (Generated 2012-03-17 18:41 EDT-0400)


    Also, if you're willing to spend a little bit more, you should consider throwing in a SSD. The performance difference would be huge by just having a 64Gb boot drive. Hope this helps!
  15. andrewcarr said:
    Okay here is one with an i5 that is only slightly over budget.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5NZo
    you will also need this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320074
    If it is too much you can drop the CPU down to this (which upgrades the graphics intel HD 3000 vs the HD 2000)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115093


    Why would you ever recommend an H61 board.....
  16. Because it has support for the integrated graphics. The board is cheap with USB 3.0 and has four memory slots.

    Mainly because it was the cheapest motherboard with everything he will need (there were some others but this one had the best specs), since he doesn't need upgraded graphics and if he does get a GPU it can support it.

    It will also be compatible with Ivy Bridge so I don't see a problem with one of these boards. http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Intel-Ivy-Bridge-LGA-1155-CPU-maho-bay,14012.html
  17. jrwizbang said:
    Why would you ever recommend an H61 board.....


    Why would you not? This isn't a gaming rig. Why pay more for features that will never be used? As long as it includes USB 3.0 and SATA III I can't imagine what objection you would have to the H61 chipset.
  18. I'm building to the exact same budget for the same use but without a monitor. How about...
    i3 2120
    4-8GB RAM
    400W PSU
    £30 (about $50) case
    £50 (about $70) motherboard
    sorry about lack of detail but I'm in the UK so not sure what prices for stuff are like there.
    then spend whatever you have left on hard drive and monitor, if you want a free OS get windows 8 consumer preview, I'm running it now and it's great.
  19. Robi_g said:
    I'm building to the exact same budget for the same use but without a monitor. How about...
    i3 2120
    4-8GB RAM
    400W PSU
    £30 (about $50) case
    £50 (about $70) motherboard
    sorry about lack of detail but I'm in the UK so not sure what prices for stuff are like there.
    then spend whatever you have left on hard drive and monitor, if you want a free OS get windows 8 consumer preview, I'm running it now and it's great.


    Start your own thread
  20. Hi, i builded a pc for my sis last week, She wanted a Fast Pc for Music, Videos, Facebook, and some Netflix. Well First of all, Fast For them means that the programs open Fast!, that means SSD, Pretty means a Good Looking Case. So with 700dlls you can get her the perfect Pc For her Needs I will leave you 2 Builds With Good Looking Cases in Different Form Factors I Went with the 1 Build For my Sister.


    ATX

    Case NZXT H2 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146071

    Cpu: AMD A6 3650 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103943

    Motherboard Asrock A75: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157258

    Ram 4gbs 2x2 : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    Psu Antec Neo : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

    SSD Crucial M4 60gbs : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    Storage Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 320gbs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    Blue Ray Drive Asus : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Total : 596

    This was the Build I Did, My Sister Loves it, Its Fast, Boots up in 8 secs, Plays netflix, 1080p videos and Blu-ray like a boss without Hitcups, She loves the Case looks and more that its Silent Dead.

    The A6 apu is enough for Playing Everything, It can even Game a little, Look this video of someone playing Battlefield BC2 on this Cpu: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zb5Yn6HKILU.

    Strong Cpu i Recommend it.

    Now Second , Mini Itx, Why not!.

    Case Lian li Q11: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112296

    Cpu I3 2105: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115090

    Motherboard Asrock Z68: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157268

    Memory G Skill 4gbs(2x2) : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396

    Psu Raidmax Hybrid 2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152028

    SSD Crucial M4 60gbs : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

    Blue Ray Drive Asus : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135247

    Storage Drive Western Digital Caviar Blue 320gbs: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136770

    Total : 635

    Small, White Clean, almost Silent,Fast.

    Good Luck! and Well, Have Fun in the Build.
  21. NEVER get a Raidmax PSU.
  22. Yeah Raidmax just generally isn't ever a good idea.
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