Originally Posted by CaptaiNeckBeard
You can call me lazy if you want, depending how how much it saves and considering that hard drive prices are bordering on the ridiculous still. I just tried to build one on newegg and failed miserably.
I think the end result will rely upon what you already have. From the sounds of it, I would take a guess as to you don't have anything worthwhile sitting around that could be recycled into a build? If you have nothing to recycle (eg, hard drive or case or GPU) then a prebuilt computer like this will indeed be a pretty good deal. Obviously not the greatest, but clearly you understand that. If you buy a budget PC, this is what I personally would consider doing in the path of upgrades.
1st upgrade would be a power supply. It's the most important component of your PC, and cheap ones can destroy your PC. So when you have some extra bucks, grab a quality power supply.
2nd upgrade would be a nicer GPU. If you can upgrade both the PSU and GPU at the same time that would be good, but if you can't I would say PSU first GPU second. You don't want to buy a nice GPU and have your crappy PSU destroy it.
3rd upgrade would be whatever you want really, I personally would look around for a good deal on an SSD, or perhaps a bigger hard drive if you find you're out of space. But after your PSU and then GPU, you can pretty much upgrade whatever you want in your system with no worries.
I'm going to do some shopping and digging around, but to be honest I really don't think you're going to be able to build (from scratch) a better value system then what you've got linked there. I'll check back in later though, I really want to see what xD has up his sleeve, usually comes up with some amazing deals and great budget builds
::edit:: btw, congrats
::edit#2:: Man, it is tough to build a PC for under or at 250 bucks. My best offering I could come up with for a system I was satisfied with was 312 including shipping...I could have come down to maybe 290, i included a nice 500watt power supply which you most likely won't need anytime soon, but always better to have a nice power supply than a crappy one
the 250 mark is going to be somewhat difficult. @OP, i completely missed it, what is the point of this computer? Are you doing a lot of gaming, just some home theater stuff, music...?Edited by b3machi7ke - 2/20/12 at 11:44am