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My challenge: build a home office computer with SSD for less than $400 (no monitor)

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March 13, 2013 5:32:16 PM

I've built half a dozen or so gaming rigs for myself and friends of mine, but recently I was approached by a co-worker and asked if I could build him a home office computer for around $400 (that includes windows 7, an SSD, but not a monitor). I told him it was possible but frankly, I'm used to building $1200+ gaming computers and don't really know where to begin with this build. Do I skimp on a HD and get a good PSU? What about the Mobo? Do I get a "cheap" one and spend money on a decent case? These are the sort of questions I have and if anyone out there wants to give me expamples of a solid, all around good build I'd appreciate it!

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March 13, 2013 5:38:46 PM

This will do :

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CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Amazon)
Case: NZXT Gamma Classic (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.21 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.65 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $396.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
March 13, 2013 5:46:34 PM

Thanks! Looks like a great build. My only concern is that of a HD. Will a 128 GB SSD suffice or should I include a 250 GB HD? No gaming will be done on it and it is going to be running typical office software (quickbooks, word, etc etc).
March 13, 2013 6:05:00 PM

Usually for that type of thing a 128GB ssd will do, you can always add later(or now) a hdd if the space runs out.
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