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June 18, 2012 7:42:09 PM

Hello, I would like to build a nice desktop for under $400. The lowest you can go for what I am looking for will be the best choice for me. I would like a desktop which can browse the web, with a few tabs open at once. (Has to be able to connect to internet wirelessly). I would also like this desktop to be able to play online games like addictinggames.com. It should be powerful enough to use microsoft word, and powerpoint. If it could handle itunes, that would be awesome! Thank you to whoever answers.

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June 18, 2012 8:07:04 PM

Win 7 cost $100 which would leave you with $300 for parts. In all honesty, I believe you'd get more bang for your buck with a pre-built system for such a low end desktop.

If you're doing this just to experience what it's like to build, consider these DIY combo's
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

The problem with these kits is that their PSU's are not reliable.

Here's the best I could come up with on PCPartPickers.
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/anqM
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June 18, 2012 8:13:31 PM

I really would like to build something for experience, and better knowledge of computers, but definitely don't want to spend too much. Is there any configurations for $500-$600 that would be a decent well rounded (not Pentium processor and then NVDIA 650m graphics) desktop?
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June 18, 2012 8:16:39 PM

Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Intel H61
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W ATX12V V2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
GIGABYTE GZ-F5HEB Black SECC Steel / ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 7 Home
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

=$405.92


Dammit I didn't see the above post... oh well. This will do everything you asked for in the OP.
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June 18, 2012 8:21:56 PM

Wow, thank you! Do you really think that a first time builder could construct a machine which properly operates?
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June 18, 2012 8:37:38 PM

pizza5647 said:
Wow, thank you! Do you really think that a first time builder could construct a machine which properly operates?


Yes, without a doubt. You'll be able to construct it. As for your requests for a GPU and better CPU. Switch out Patflute's CPU for an i3 2120 and add a Radeon 6770. It will increase the overall price, but make the build below $600.

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/intel-cpu-bx80623i32120
http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-eah6770dcs...
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June 18, 2012 10:15:21 PM

I really don't think he needs the HD 6770 for flash games, he could just go for the A6-3500 and use onboard graphics instead. That would probably even bring the build down to ~$300-400.
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June 19, 2012 9:53:28 PM

jmsellars1 said:
I really don't think he needs the HD 6770 for flash games, he could just go for the A6-3500 and use onboard graphics instead. That would probably even bring the build down to ~$300-400.


That was my original idea, but then he specified that he wanted a graphics card equivalent to a 650m.
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June 19, 2012 10:01:58 PM

Fair enough, The A6 and onboard is more than fine for flash games and even store bought games if played on low enough settings though.
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