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$250 Budget Build (Need Opinions)

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January 30, 2013 4:47:55 PM

Just looking for some feedback on my Budget Build

Use: Computer for my Grandparents. Bill Paying, Facebook (Including Games), YouTube and Pandora.

I'm sticking with Intel on this. Lower TDP usually than AMD comparatives.
(That and I already purchased the Processor)
On purchased parts it includes any applicable Taxes&Shipping costs.
I have ShopRunner access.

CPU (Purchased): Intel Celeron G550 $37.28
http://microcenter.com/product/398335/Celeron_G550_26GH...

MoBo: ECS H61H2-i3 $50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM: (Purchased): Micro Center ValueRAM 4gb (2x2gb) $20.24
http://www.microcenter.com/product/353218/4GB_DDR3-1333...

HDD/SSD: AData Premier Pro SP600 $65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD: Lite-On Generic DVD Burner $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Case&PSU: Thermaltake Element Q $65
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002RWJGIG/ref=olp_pro...

I'm thinking of taking advantage of Newegg's New Customer discount thing and making multiple accounts to purchase products over and over again.
It will help bring the cost of the build down.

As you can see I'm over budget. Need to shave a few more $$$ off.

Total Projected Cost: $254.52 (Need to find a deal on some unpurchased part to lower this cost)

For the price ($250) could I have built a 'better' machine?

Small form factor wasn't required, but I wanted something new to play with.
I know my MoBo doesn't support Sata3, so getting an SSD may seem like overkill, but I want an SSD to lower the Wattage Pull since I can't upgrade the PSU in this case to the best of my knowledge.
January 30, 2013 5:03:28 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC DIY-5823BK (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $190.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 14:03 EST-0500)
January 30, 2013 5:09:06 PM

cball1311 said:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($51.97 @ Newegg)
Storage: Hitachi 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC DIY-5823BK (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($26.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($34.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $190.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-30 14:03 EST-0500)


Including the parts I have already you managed to shave off $18~ compared to my build.
I'm not sure how I feel about a mechanical drive. Especially with only 16mb cache. However I will admit I dont know if an SSD over Sata2 vs the HDD you picked out would differ in performance.

Do you feel at the $250 price point I could have had a better build?
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January 30, 2013 5:12:56 PM

Considering the SSD that you chose is only 64GB, it will fill up in no time. Windows is at least 20-24GB by itself. I wouldn't recommend such a small SSD. I would say that that is about the best you are going to do with the budget.
January 30, 2013 5:16:17 PM

cball1311 said:
Considering the SSD that you chose is only 64GB, it will fill up in no time. Windows is at least 20-24GB by itself. I wouldn't recommend such a small SSD. I would say that that is about the best you are going to do with the budget.


Dont need a large SSD.
The list of applications that need to be installed on the computer is no more than:
Win7 OS
Google Chrome (+ Various Plugins)
Java
MS Silver Light
MAYBE MS Office

They have been using a 40gb IDE HDD on their current computer. They have no need or demand for storage space.
January 30, 2013 5:29:30 PM

Just get a cheap 250gb HDD, western digital or samsung will do fine
January 30, 2013 5:46:42 PM

For you to save the money on the HDD, I don't think that your grandparents will notice any difference in read/write speeds of an SSD. Who knows, they might want to start storing family photos, videos, or what ever. With the larger HDD, they will have that option.
January 30, 2013 5:47:16 PM

cball1311 said:
For you to save the money on the HDD, I don't think that your grandparents will notice any difference in read/write speeds of an SSD. Who knows, they might want to start storing family photos, videos, or what ever. With the larger HDD, they will have that option.


SSD was chosen due to power draw of HDDs.
In my case I only have 220w. I dont want to risk pulling more than 65% or 75% of its max.
January 30, 2013 6:11:19 PM

SSD will definitely improve performance...boot time will be much faster if nothing else. Still, if grandma ever wants to store pictures or videos of her grandkids, 64GB is not going to give her much room, even with minimal programs. I would consider a bigger case and going with 32GB SSD with a cheap HDD OR bumping your SSD up to 128GB.

If they really don't need storage, you could almost get them a Kindle Fire to get them on the web. My mother in law loves hers!

Great price on the G550. I am tempted to pick one up myself just to keep for the future. 35 bucks for a general purpose CPU is fantastic.
January 30, 2013 7:14:27 PM

sazyario said:
SSD was chosen due to power draw of HDDs.
In my case I only have 220w. I dont want to risk pulling more than 65% or 75% of its max.


That is why I suggested a case and PSU which is cheaper than the Thermaltake combo you listed. 350W will give you plenty of power.
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