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I'm trying to put together a $500 pc for a coworker. This cost must include shipping costs and windows 7 pro 64 bit. No gaming will be done on this machine and there are no plans for video encoding. He will watch netflix movies, but that's the extent of the graphics requirements. Integrated graphics are fine.

He already has a mechanical 1 tb hard drive, so I'd like to use an ssd in this build as I think that will give him the most notable speed increase. He also has monitor, keyboard and mouse. He wants a mid tower case and 7 pro as the only requirements. I've been working on newegg and would like to get everything there. I'm having trouble building what I consider a decent machine in that budget. I'd like to go quad core and i'm assuming Amd is the best route for this machine. Is it worth rolling the dice and trying to unlock a dual core?

Anyway, build recommendations are greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 18
your better off going with an athlonx4 and a 880g motherboard. the 880g has a 4250 onboard video. i think something like a 1tb hdd would be a better chioce on saving money also.
Edited by toyz72 - 6/16/11 at 10:21am
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You should only ever deal with unlocking cores as a bonus - I would recommend going with a cheap triple core, 2GB of memory and a decent motherboard - the third core will provide a substantial gain over the dual core and would have a better chance of unlocking a 4th core (vs dual core which has a chance to unlock to triple, and slimmer to a quad).

With windows being ~$120 that should leave you with $380 which should be doable, look for some combos and don't cheap out on the PSU. Rebates may be the way to either make a little $$ for yourself (aka you send in the rebates and keep the $$) or the co worker may go for paying a little more knowing there are some decent rebates coming back.
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For $500? Build a cheap i5 rig. You probably won't be able to squeeze an SSD, but everything else would be fast.

Here is a quad core AMD that comes with a VERY fast SSD and Sata 6gb/s motherboard to handle it. 4GB ram, but cheap case + psu, but should handle his needs.

Edited by Wildcard36qs - 6/16/11 at 10:24am
   
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we should all build intel because netflix is so demanding.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by toyz72 View Post
we should all build intel because netflix is so demanding.
I was just trying to help him future proof some since Phenom IIs are EOL soon and SB is much faster, but yes, for his basic needs, he wont have a problem.

This combo is a great deal but with W7 and SSD it will go over budget. OH and LOL at "Phenom 2nd Gen." marketing jargon.
Edited by Wildcard36qs - 6/16/11 at 10:31am
   
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cheap triple core, 3gb ram, 750gb hdd, ati 5450
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Guun View Post
^ this

but i would swap the ram for this
PNY XLR8 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model MD4096KD3-1600-X8 $49/29ar
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820178265

and get a hdd
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185

10 off w/ promo code EMCKDJF27
$49
post #10 of 18
Really no point in a SSd if your not gaming. I have a Pentium Dual core rig that cost me under 200$, 64$ for the CPU, 60$ for the motherboard with Intel integrated graphics. Then I used my old ATA 120gb hard drive and some old DDR2 ram. Then I bought a Antec 450w 80+ psu for 40$. So really I only spent 160$.

With a budget of 300 you could build the same thing with his 1tb drive a cheap MicroATX case and Windows 7 if your intent on buying that.
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