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February 22, 2013 2:33:40 PM

Looking to build an Internet build around 400-450.

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP


Budget Range: 400-450, but lower the better. Prefer all one place to help with shipping.


System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet/document use. Still snappy if possible.


Are you buying a monitor: no


Parts to Upgrade: None


Do you need to buy OS: Yes, Win7


Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any, but all at the same e-tailer.


Location: USA, Prefer internet stores


Parts Preferences: Doesnt matter.


Overclocking: No


SLI or Crossfire: No


Your Monitor Resolution: na


Additional Comments: Needs CD rom too.


And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Time for a new PC.

More about : internet build 400 450

February 22, 2013 2:43:18 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($65.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($66.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $370.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 11:41 EST-0500)



PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.98 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $376.78
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 11:42 EST-0500)
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February 22, 2013 5:08:10 PM

Man $400 - $450 with OS would be a really tricky budget to work with. I'd suggest this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4 ATX FM2 Motherboard ($85.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.46 @ Outlet PC)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $399.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 14:06 EST-0500)

The A10 needs really fast RAM as the RAM is shared between the iGPU and the CPU.
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February 22, 2013 5:27:50 PM

Almost all from newegg and just two items from amazon :

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.24 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($21.98 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($91.17 @ Amazon)
Total: $396.33
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

If you can afford to spend a bit more change the cpu for this one : http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad560kwohjbox (in newegg)
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February 22, 2013 5:58:53 PM

My take on it:

Intel Pentium G860 Sandy Bridge 3.0GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G860
Model #:BX80623G860
Item #:N82E16819116405
$69.99 $69.99
Will be "snappier" than an AMD APU. IGP is good enough for the stated tasks.

ASRock B75M-GL LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
Model #:B75M-GL
Item #:N82E16813157326
$69.99 -$10.00 Instant $59.99
Basic, but has the latest interfaces should you decide to get a SSD later.

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
Model #:GFC-02050
Item #:N82E16832116986
$99.99 $99.99
If you're a student, you may be able to get this heavily discounted through your school.

Athena Power CA-GSB01DA Black 0.8mm SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - OEM
Model #:CA-GSB01DA
Item #:N82E16811192289
$29.99 -$7.00 Instant $22.99
Dirt cheap case, but supposedly 0.8mm thick, which is MUCH thicker than typical cheap cases.

Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
Model #:VP-450
Item #:N82E16817371045
$49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99
Cheapest PSU I'd buy myself. Will support a discrete video card if you later want to add one.

G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Model #:F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS
Item #:N82E16820231394
$26.99 $26.99
4GB of RAM is all this PC needs. I've had excellent results with G.Skill.

Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Model #:WD5000AAKX
Item #:N82E16822136769
$79.99 -$20.00 Instant $59.99
I like the Blacks for their longer warranty; you decide if you want to spend another $30-$50.

LG 24X DVD Burner - Bare Drive Black SATA Model GH24NS95 - OEM
Model #:GH24NS95
Item #:N82E16827136259
$17.99 $17.99
Meh. One optical drive is much like another. This one's cheap.

Subtotal: $397.92
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February 23, 2013 12:37:24 AM

These builds are all great suggestions. I would try to add an SSD for your OS and programs if at all possible. This will make a bigger difference in the systems "snappiness" than any other single component. You could go down to a Celeron G540 or the A4 build above to stay under budget.

I personally would go for drunkduck's G2020 build and add an SSD if your budget allows. You will be getting Ivy Bridge graphics at only $20 more than a Sandy Bridge G860. Only thing I am not crazy about in drunkduck's build is the PSU looks cheap. I would go with G-unit's 80-plus certified PSU for only $10 more.

Also for your uses you should really consider Ubuntu or Linux Mint. There is absolutely no reason to pay Bill Gates $100 just to get on the internet. LibreOffice will handle all your document needs.
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February 23, 2013 1:10:57 AM

Aristotelian said:
These builds are all great suggestions. I would try to add an SSD for your OS and programs if at all possible. This will make a bigger difference in the systems "snappiness" than any other single component. You could go down to a Celeron G540 or the A4 build above to stay under budget.

I personally would go for drunkduck's G2020 build and add an SSD if your budget allows. You will be getting Ivy Bridge graphics at only $20 more than a Sandy Bridge G860. Only thing I am not crazy about in drunkduck's build is the PSU looks cheap. I would go with G-unit's 80-plus certified PSU for only $10 more.

Also for your uses you should really consider Ubuntu or Linux Mint. There is absolutely no reason to pay Bill Gates $100 just to get on the internet. LibreOffice will handle all your document needs.


Cheap PSUs are not worth it. I've seen what happens when you use them and it doesn't end well.
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February 23, 2013 1:16:55 AM

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

CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: DIYPC DIY-5823 B/S (Black/Silver) ATX Mid Tower Case ($28.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill 350W ATX Power Supply ($29.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $408.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-22 22:16 EST-0500)
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February 25, 2013 2:02:52 AM

Thanks all! Great stuff for me to check out now.
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February 25, 2013 5:10:04 AM

That old cheap Rosewill PSU is likely one of the models that tore up their reputation some years ago. I wouldn't trust it.
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