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April 3, 2012 10:13:20 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week

Budget Range: 500, no more.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Game development, gaming, watching videos

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: N/A

Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe

Monitor Resolution: Any size

Additional Comments: I need good performance for a cheap price, I also need to fit Windows 7 and a monitor in, I have a build but I need to cut prices for these items.

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

APEVIA X-Gear ATXB5KLW-BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420W Power Supply

BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Phenom II X4 960T Zosma 3.0GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor HD96ZTWFGRBOX

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-8GBRL

SONY Black SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DDU1681S-0B - OEM

Total: 366.94$

More about : 500 build

April 3, 2012 11:28:44 PM

are you doing a APU? Do you need a video card? I know a site where you can get Windows 7 Home Premium for around $64, also neweggs cheapest monitor is $88 and is an acer. You could do a intel build and do a LGA 1155 Motherboard saves you like $20, I'm gonna build a PC using a Pentium G620 they're Sandy Bridge only $60, you can upgrade if you want to later in the future if you wanted too. Also that case with the PSU you probably don't want to use that, it'll only produce a fraction of what it is advertising. Honestly, you have to give a little bit more of a budget (like $50+ more dollars). There's not way to fit all that stuff in there (Case and PSU). Sorry, hopefully someone else can find the parts you need in order to fit the budget...because I can't. ;(

EDIT: Don't do a dedicated build, get a video card!
April 4, 2012 1:06:43 AM

Here's what I came up with:
Throw in Windows 7 ($100) and an optical drive ($18), and your total comes out to about $525. If you really can't go over $500, make the following changes:

AMD A6-3500 APU ($78)
Gigabyte FM1 mATX motherboard ($60)

Your budget is just brutal. When you're compiling, a slower computer means stuff compiles slower. When you're gaming, a slower computer means the game doesn't run. For that reason I tried to make the Intel + discrete graphics card work because that will give you better gaming performance, but I just couldn't get it under $500.