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New build - Home PC build ($200 ~ $400)

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August 30, 2012 9:08:50 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This week
Budget Range: $200 ~ $400 (the lower the better, not counting rebates but is welcome for parts that noticeably will improve performance)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet (lots of tabs open), Image processing(simple photoshop, etc.), Watching movies.
Are you buying a monitor: No, no keyboard, no mouse, no speakers.



Do you need to buy OS: If fits into budget, then yes/
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com
Location: Florida
Parts Preferences: None, but quality brands are appreciated.
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: (1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1080)
Additional Comments: Preference for quietness. Leave room for upgrades (e.g: 1x4gb ram not 2x2gb)
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Upgrading 6-7 year old home office PC with something that can do most basic things.



Thanks You.
August 30, 2012 9:42:35 PM

Unless you're looking specifically to build a system, at that price point, it's almost always better to purchase an off the shelf system for generic usage.

-Wolf sends
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August 30, 2012 10:25:55 PM

Okay, here's a quick budget build I put together... I actually just put together this exact same build for a customer (except with a AM3 motherboard, and a Athlon II X3- he needed an IDE channel, and it's really hard to find a LGA 1155 mobo with an IDE channel.)

$64- Intel Pentium Dual Core- Sandy Bridge, 2.6Ghz, 3MB L3, great little CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$50-MSI mATX LGA 1155 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$18- 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$42- Logisys Case+ 480w PSU (not really)- not the highest quality, but it works.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$55- Radeon HD 6670- entry level gaming card.
http://www.directron.com/ax66701gbk3h.html?gsear=1

$50-500GB HDD (refurbished)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

$19-DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

So the hardware comes out to be $298.

Plus OEM Windows for $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And you have a $398, fully functional entry level gaming/office PC. If you want to help your office performance you can ditch the video card (use the igp) and buy more RAM, or an i3... but I would stick with the dedicated card, for more system balance.
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August 30, 2012 11:19:53 PM

CPU: Intel Celeron G540 Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz $52.99
Motherboard: MSI H61M-P31 $49.99 (before $10 mail-in-rebate)
RAM: Pareema 4GB DDR3 1333 $17.89
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200 RPM $69.99
DVD: SAMSUNG Internal DVD Writer $18.99
Case + PSU: Rosewill RANGER-M + Rosewill Green Series 430W 80 PLUS Certified $51.98

Subtotal: $261.83
Shipping: $0

Total: $261.83 shipped (before $10 mail-in-rebate)

You can buy whatever version of Windows you want. If you want to connect three monitors, you will need a discrete GPU like this HIS Radeon HD 6450 since the onboard video will only support two displays. You won't need anything more powerful if you're not playing games.
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September 7, 2012 12:44:01 AM

is celeron better than similar in price amd a4 cpu?
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