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

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:,
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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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

    $50-MSI mATX LGA 1155 mobo

    $18- 4GB DDR3 1333MHz

    $42- Logisys Case+ 480w PSU (not really)- not the highest quality, but it works.

    $55- Radeon HD 6670- entry level gaming card.

    $50-500GB HDD (refurbished)

    $19-DVD Burner

    So the hardware comes out to be $298.

    Plus OEM Windows for $100

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. is celeron better than similar in price amd a4 cpu?
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