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im embarking on a budget build for a friend. main use he says will be web surfing and some light gaming from his son. budget is $500 what ive come up with so far is a little over. im mainly having trouble just building os into the price. mine so far is below. he already has keyboard, mouse, monitor etc. just main tower components needed

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On the OS: if he's not getting the computer built immediately, Newegg sometimes has W7 HP for $80. With the extra $20 you can probably get him an MSI R7770 GHz edition.

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You can open up a lot of room in the budget by saving 20% and buying Windows 7 at NCIX US as opposed to overpriced Newegg. There are more tweaks that could be made - $500 could get you much better.

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You can open up a lot of room in the budget by saving 20% and buying Windows 7 at NCIX US as opposed to overpriced Newegg. There are more tweaks that could be made - $500 could get you much better.

thanks for the ncix win 7 link thumb.gif im open to other configs and what not also, feel free to post
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this rig will do all you need out the door after all discounts and shipping = 389.93


Edited by truckerguy - 9/11/12 at 8:34pm
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Here is a conceptual I had in mind for you, making full use of your budget. It is a small form factor A6k + 6670 GDDR5 build. I think that this will suit his needs (web browsing and light gaming) perfectly for the price. It is small and power efficient, for a bonus.

 

AMD A6-3670k - $80 shipped [Newegg]

ASUS A55M-LE - $50 shiped [NCIX] $10 rebate

Kingston 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $36 shipped [NCIX]

Antec Minuet 350 SFF chassis with 350W 80+ PSU - $91 shipped/pickup [Wal-Mart]

MSI low profile 6570 DDR3 - $55 shipped [Amazon] $10 rebate

Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM HDD with 3 year warranty - $96 shipped [NCIX]

Windows 7 (link above) - $80 shipped [NCIX]

 

No refurbished parts and excellent warranties for everything. $488 shipped thumb.gif

 

Of course the above is with the assumption that you're actually looking for a hard drive that big. Here is an adjustment in balance with a smaller 500GB HDD but with an A8-k and GDDR5 6670 for better performance:

 

AMD A8-3870k - $99 shipped [Newegg]

ASUS A55M-LE - $50 shiped [NCIX] $10 rebate

Kingston 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $36 shipped [NCIX]

Antec Minuet 350 SFF chassis with 350W 80+ PSU - $91 shipped/pickup [Wal-Mart]

Sapphire low profile 6670 DDR5 - $90 shipped [Newegg] $15 rebate

Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD with 3 year warranty - $55 shipped [NCIX]

Windows 7 (link above) - $80 shipped [NCIX]

The above comes to $501 shipped before rebates.


Edited by xd_1771 - 9/11/12 at 10:09pm
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Here is a conceptual I had in mind for you, making full use of your budget. It is a small form factor A6k + 6670 GDDR5 build. I think that this will suit his needs (web browsing and light gaming) perfectly for the price. It is small and power efficient, for a bonus.

AMD A6-3670k - $80 shipped [Newegg]
ASUS A55M-LE - $50 shiped [NCIX] $10 rebate
Kingston 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $36 shipped [NCIX]
Antec Minuet 350 SFF chassis with 350W 80+ PSU - $91 shipped/pickup [Wal-Mart]
MSI low profile 6570 DDR3
- $55 shipped [Amazon] $10 rebate
Hitachi 2TB 7200RPM HDD with 3 year warranty - $96 shipped [NCIX]
Windows 7 (link above) - $80 shipped [NCIX]

No refurbished parts and excellent warranties for everything. $488 shipped thumb.gif

Of course the above is with the assumption that you're actually looking for a hard drive that big. Here is an adjustment in balance with a smaller 500GB HDD but with an A8-k and GDDR5 6670 for better performance:

AMD A8-3870k - $99 shipped [Newegg]
ASUS A55M-LE - $50 shiped [NCIX] $10 rebate
Kingston 2x4GB DDR3-1600 - $36 shipped [NCIX]
Antec Minuet 350 SFF chassis with 350W 80+ PSU - $91 shipped/pickup [Wal-Mart]
Sapphire low profile 6670 DDR5 - $90 shipped [Newegg] $15 rebate
Hitachi 500GB 7200RPM HDD with 3 year warranty - $55 shipped [NCIX]
Windows 7 (link above) - $80 shipped [NCIX]


The above comes to $501 shipped before rebates.

awesome builds thanks!! i should be ordering parts for it soon and i like the looks of the second one best thumb.gif ty for your help
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Here is a quick build that sacrifices the SFF and adds a SSD, which is what the user will notice the "speed" from the most.
$500 Build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($76.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock A75M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1.5TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 830 Series 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.20 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($56.97 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.15 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Other: Win7 HP 64bit ($79.99)
Total: $500.76
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

The things that were sacrificed...
CPU: The locked A6 I picked is a slower cpu than the unlocked A6/A8. But I am assuming no overclocking will be done, so no need for an unlocked multi.
RAM: A majority of users will never need more than 4GB, and if you want. You can use a small portion the SSD as a page file.
GDDR5 6670: Too expensive for the performance gain. The performance gain is great but for an increased 70% of the cost, no thanks

Things that were upgraded:
Motherboard: The Asrock mobo was chosen because it offers SATA III(6 Gb/s) ports
Storage: 1.5TB of storage, that 3 x what you had before.
Storage: A SSD was added for increased speed. This is the speed that will be noticeable by the common user. It will increase boot times and application load times, as well as overall responsiveness of the OS.
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Web surfing... light gaming.... I don't really see the need for an SSD here. Sure, it enables fast boot but most people use sleep mode anyways. And web browsers near-instant-launch even on hard drives.

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Web surfing... light gaming.... I don't really see the need for an SSD here. Sure, it enables fast boot but most people use sleep mode anyways. And web browsers near-instant-launch even on hard drives.

A web browsers cache stored on the SSD is one of the best upgrades for a basic user. it speeds up the actual browsing significantly.
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