So I'm trying to build a computer for the home that both my mom and I could use. Now, I want to keep my budget under $300, but I'm not sure this combination works nor if it is as optimized as I can get for my money. Please evaluate on the fitment and the quality of the parts involved. Help would be greatly appreciated.
Rosewill RANGER-M Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811147122
Seagate Barracuda Green ST1000DL002 1TB 5900 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Bare Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148764
The thing which sticks out, as just plain wrong, is the power supply. I'm not even sure it would fit in that case, but it doesn't really matter, as 550W is way too much for that build. Without a graphics card you don't need much more than 200W. Even if you were to add a graphics card, you wouldn't use a powerful one, in that build, and somewhere around 350W, 400W max, would be fine.
I'm loathe to suggest one, as they are often rubbish cases, with even worse power supplies, but, given your budget constraints, it may be worth looking at a mini case with built-in power supply. Avoid the really cheap and nasty ones.
There's nothing wrong with the rest of it, given your budget. Whilst I wouldn't claim they were exceptional, or anything, it might be worth considering an AMD Llano processor, which have half way decent graphics, built in, for a bit of light gaming, if you want that (they require a different motherboard).
If you've got a compatable opt drive, just swap it out, but for what they cost, it just doesn't make sense not having one at all. That's a nice build, for your budget, that Kamen_bg's put together. There really is no way to reduce it, and keep some sort of performance, other than go for a combined case/PSU, and I'm afraid you get what you pay for; a cheap one is almost guaranteed to be rubbish.
What would you and your mom like to do with this computer? Do you have a linux distro
ready to go on a usb flash/thumb drive? Does it have to be this processor, or can it
be a intel dual core? If we knew your country, state/province and municipality we could
suggest the best combo of parts for you from the sites and/or stores that will save you
the most money based on that(currency and exchange rates may factor in too).
We would not be gaming with this. It would be just for casual use, downloading movies, music, watching videos, browsing the web. Would the quad-core be beneficial for me in this case over a duo? The lower the cost, the better it would be. I am located in Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States. Also, does increasing RAM to 8GB over 4GB make a noticeable difference in performance?
oops. I didn't see a few posts back you are in Michigan. That could change prices 4 u.
A dual core would work very well for what you want to do. You would see little to no
difference between a dual and a quad. The reason I asked about Linux and a flash drive
was because you said no optical drive and didn't say anything about windows . Generally
an oem copy cannot be transferred to another mobo and most people don't buy a retail
copy. If you already had a Linx distribution that you liked ready to go on a cheap flash
drive you could just set the bios to boot from it and/or install it on the hard drive. There
are many different flavors of linux but there are tools online to help you pick. You can
even download a whole cd or dvd worth of potential linux OSes, copy them to a usb drive
and try them out. Larger distributions may include multiple office suites, media players,
browsers, and more. Smaller ones will have like one or two of each of those. You can look
to see if the desktop and user interface would be something you both could easily use.