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Custom build $500 budget! (nothing fancy)


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iAmXquisite

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Hey I need some expert help for building a computer around $500 budget for regular day use just internet browsing and like burning cds and dvds

Can someone make me a list that would be good not so bad eighther
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What do you bring to the table, besides $500? Got a keyboard, mouse and monitor? How about speakers?

Can someone make me a list that would be good not so bad eighther

That's not really possible. There are 10s of 1000s of components out there, most are reliable.

Fortunately, on-board graphics on today's newer motherboards are fully capable of supporting what you plan to do, and more.

I generally recommend an absolute minimum of 3Gb of RAM for triple channel architecture motherboards, and 4Gb for dual-channel, and a "preferred" 6Gb and 8Gb respectfully, using Windows 7 64-bit.

Pick you power supply last. Then you can ensure you pick one of the proper size.

I generally like Intel CPUs because as a whole line, they outperform, consume less power, and generate less heat than AMDs. BUT, there is nothing wrong with AMD CPUs, and, as a whole line, AMD based CPUs cost a little less than Intel based.
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Hi.

If you have a retail OS, preferable 64bit, that you can use? you can have a decent $500 build based on the Z68 platform that is upgradeable. If you also have a usable SATA DVD burner or HDD you could use? it may get you a better CPU.
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Well the build will be for a family member but their budget is not so high keyboard mouse and monitor arent so important im just really thinking about the computer itself.
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I GOT A LIST OF COMPONENTS I ACTUALLY GOT IT PRETTY LOW :) IDK IF IM MISSING ANYTHING OR IF THEY MATCH.
I HAVE THE OS ALREADY AND IM GETTING THE CASE AT FRYS SO I DONT NEED THAT.
I JUST NEED YOU GUYS TO CHECK THESE COMPONENTS AND TELL ME IF IT MAKES AN ALRIGHT BUILD?

IT'S NOT FOR GAMING OR ANYTHING JUST FOR DAILY COMPUTER USE..

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Edited by iAmXquisite, 30 May 2011 - 02:17 PM.

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Yes the parts will work together but advise changing the PSU and consider the following.

PSU. needs to be much better qualitty as this is the engine of the PC.
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371046
Mobo. This has more features and upgradable to a Sandy Bridge K series CPU.
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157252
HDD. The Blue series are best suited to storage.
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813157252
RAM. If you have a 64bit OS consider this.
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820145251
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Thanks for the advice. So your saying that anything that has blue is not better. How about black cuz i seen some of those on there too. A question about the PSU what are some things thay i will use molex for?
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System Builder Marathon, March 2011: $500 Gaming PC
http://www.tomshardw...-6850,2903.html
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So your saying that anything that has blue is not better.


In general, performance of blue drives are lower than black drives. Blue drives come with a 3 year warranty. Black drives usually come with a 5 year warranty.

How about black cuz i seen some of those on there too.


Black is the way to go. I gave you this link and it is the one I recommend.
> http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136319

Here are some tests where you can see that the black performs better than the blue.
> http://www.xbitlabs....p_14.html#sect0

PSU what are some things that i will use Molex for?

Probably only your fans. Can be used for fan controllers. water cooling pumps. Some older video card, older hard drives and DVD players, Floppy drives, and more.
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Understand Blue and Black drives is not industry wide. Black may mean one thing for Western Digital, but another for Samsung.
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Alright I really thank everyone for their help and opinions. The reason why I set the Budget to $500 is because I live somewhere where people don't have a lot of money so I was thinking of making economic computer with basic stuff so that everyone can have a decent computer? You guys understand me. I own a Dell Studio XPS 8100 it's alright for me bought it before I knew how to put a system together myself I would of not purchased it. But thats why I don't want to put so much money into it since its just slight internet browsing and other school needs.

So if you guys can give me a list with lower price but still good enough for a simple home I will be glad to look through the components. :)
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Just a personal preference, I go for AMDs for lower budget systems.

The mobo/cpu comes in a combo and I think you get $15 off. You can still save a few more by getting a cheaper case but I think that is a very good case incase you want upgrades or if you go with a full system. No video card since it is only for basic use, hence lower PSU.

Case: Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case $60
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129042

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817371033 $40

CPU/Mobo: AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana 3.2GHz Socket AM3 95W
BIOSTAR A880GU3 AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.co...st=Combo.643098 $144

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) $40
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820146748

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB $40
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136770

CD/DVD Burner: ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner $21
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204

$345

Edited by RESBAK, 31 May 2011 - 07:27 PM.

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System_Builder_Marathon, March 2011: $500 Gaming PC
http://www.tomshardw...-6850,2903.html

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 925 - $125
CPU Cooler - AMD boxed heatsink/fan - $0
Motherboard - ASRock M3A770DE - $60
RAM - G.Skill 4 GB (2 x 2 GB) DDR3-1333 (PC3 10600) Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBNS - $40
Graphics - Sapphire 100315L Radeon HD 6850 1 GB - $170
Hard Drive - Samsung Spinpoint F4 HD322GJ/U 320 GB SATA 3Gb/s - $43
Case - Xigmatek Asgard II B/O CPC-T45UE-U01 - $30
Power - Antec EarthWatts Green EA380D 380 W - $40
Optical - Lite-On 24x DVD Burner SATA iHAS 124-04 - $19
Total Price - $527


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the build will be for a family member


If it goes wrong, you can fix it some time.

The reason why I set the Budget to $500 is because I live somewhere where people don't have a lot of money so I was thinking of making economic computer with basic stuff so that everyone can have a decent computer?


Buyers will expect you to at least give hardware support. No matter how good the components are, you will get breakdowns, and if very unlucky, a pig of a PC build that never seems to run properly, so keep that in mind. The list of parts are not the cheapest you could go but are of reasonable quality and the build is upgradeable.



Case. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811129074 $50.00

PSU. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817139026 80 Plus certified. $50.00

Mobo. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813131728 Has integrated Graphics. Upgradeable to AMD Bulldozer CPU. $65.00

CPU. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819103896 $63.00

RAM. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820231190 $44.00

HDD. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136319 When partitioned, gives heaps of room for storage. $61.00

DVD. > http://www.newegg.co...N82E16827135204 $21.00

OS. NOT included.

TOTAL $354.00 plus taxes and shipping.
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