Trying to build a budget Office PC

Hi all.

I am looking to build a new system for my "office work" (more like "working from home trying to make a living").

Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: $600 range Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet (10 to 30 tabs at once), skype, watching hulu/netflix when there's no work.

Are you buying a monitor: I'll buy 2 identical 22-inch LED monitors (separately, not part of this budget)

Parts to Upgrade: Everything

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Windows 8

Preferred Website for Parts: Amazon

Location: New York City

Parts Preferences: doesn't really matter

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: I don't know

Your Monitor Resolution: (1920x1080 x 2, ViewSonic VA2212M-LED 22-Inch LED-Lit Monitor)

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: I built my computer about 5 years ago, and it's time to upgrade

Comments: I'd want to be able to upgrade the RAM later, or the hard drive to an SSD.

Thanks guys
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  1. I will post a list for you when I get home, before 6 PM EST. Leaving work right now!
  2. My suggestion :

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.48 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($102.97 @ Amazon)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec Neo Eco 400W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 Full (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $581.15
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    You can find cheaper ram here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74758&promoid=1321
    And the same hdd here : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&promoid=1139
    Also the cpu : http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76271&promoid=1139
    You'll get free shipping with 100$ in the cart, the two components totals more than that.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($183.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($87.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($73.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($26.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $570.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 17:05 EST-0500)
  4. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3210 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($122.28 @ TigerDirect)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($62.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $577.80
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 17:18 EST-0500)

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($103.79 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.48 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Mac Mall)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($46.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $561.24
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-19 17:23 EST-0500)
  5. Sorry if I wasn't clear, I'm trying to have 2 monitors. I'm not sure if I need to buy a special graphics card for that, or 2 cards.

    Thanks
  6. The A8-5800k supports triple monitor, the asrock FM2A75 Pro4-M got the ports(D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI) for your two monitors, you don't need additional card.
  7. Ooooor you are already taken care of. Looks like some good builds there.
  8. djangoringo said:
    The A8-5800k supports triple monitor, the asrock FM2A75 Pro4-M got the ports(D-Sub, DVI-D and HDMI) for your two monitors, you don't need additional card.


    So one monitor will use DVI and the other VGA?
  9. Or hdmi if you have one.
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