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January 23, 2013 8:44:27 PM

Hey guys this is the first time I've ever built a computer. I have been doing a fair amount of research on what to get. I am trying to make a build that costs the absolute minimum (I am on a very tight budget) while still doing basic functions: video watching, daily use, very light gaming. I want it to be as fast and reliable as I can at the lowest price.

I was wondering if I am doing anything glaringly obviously wrong. I am open to suggestions
Here is a list of what I have so far:



processor
$85
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Phenom-3-4Ghz-512KB-4000MHZ/d...
or
$60
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-Athlon-Dual-Core-Desktop-Proc...


motherboard
$60
$50 w/ rebate
http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-SB710-Chipset-Motherboar...

tower
$40
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-Elite-430-RC-430-KW...
or
$35
http://www.amazon.com/Xigmatek-Mid-ATX-Tower-ASGARD-381...

hard drive
$55
http://www.amazon.com/Blue-500-Mobile-Hard-Drive/dp/B00...

power supply
$40
http://www.amazon.com/Cooler-Master-eXtreme-Supply-RS50...

Memory (RAM)
$30
http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Technology-Modules-KHX16...

Possibly a graphics card.
$ 30
http://www.amazon.com/EVGA-GeForce-Express-Graphics-01G...

That comes in around $300.
Anywhere I can save some more or need to get a better part? Is something not compatible?
I also need peripherals. Suggestions?

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January 23, 2013 8:55:18 PM

Something like this for daily usage :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $328.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


The 430 is better than the 8400, it comes in handy, even if you don't play games.
The dvd drive put the one you had in the link.
Also for keyboard+mouse : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NREDC8/
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January 23, 2013 9:28:14 PM

djangoringo said:
Something like this for daily usage :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($42.98 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 430 1GB Video Card ($34.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.75 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $328.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)


The 430 is better than the 8400, it comes in handy, even if you don't play games.
The dvd drive put the one you had in the link.
Also for keyboard+mouse : http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003NREDC8/




Alright thanks! This looks like a pretty good bang for yer buck.
Any suggestions about a cheap monitor?
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January 23, 2013 9:32:59 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zcLl
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zcLl/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/zcLl/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI A55M-P33 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($45.99 @ Mac Mall)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Raidmax Super Hurricane (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($23.17 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: LG W1943SE-PF 19.0" Monitor ($92.36 @ Compuvest)
Total: $357.45
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-23 18:32 EST-0500)

has better integrated gpu, and he forgot to buy a dvd-drive.

Base Total: $377.45
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $357.45

theres a good lg 19 inch for ya :) 

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January 23, 2013 9:36:28 PM
January 23, 2013 9:38:33 PM

not bad picks but out of all those the lg prob has the best quality.

aoc is alright and acer is just meh.

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