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Hey guys, I'm looking to put together a budget build for the family. It will be a general use computer for the family. The most hardware taxing thing we'd be doing on it is probably just some HD video streaming on Youtube and TV station channels. We are looking to spend $500 and would like you guys to max out the budget as the family doesn't really upgrade that often. Thanks a lot for the help guys.
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Do you want to utilize all of the money? cause you can build a decent system for $350 - $400 dual core, integrated graphics(will do what you asked), even a older generation small ssd if you wanted.
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Do you want to utilize all of the money? cause you can build a decent system for $350 - $400 dual core, integrated graphics(will do what you asked), even a older generation small ssd if you wanted.
I'd like to utilize most of the budget as we don't plan on upgrading for a long time. An SSD would not be needed however. So I guess I should rephrase my question. What is the best build you could put together for $500 that isn't gaming oriented?
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This is pretty overkill....

$204.99 i5
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115067

4gb gskill ripjaws $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

msi mobo $130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813130263

rosewill green psu $45(don't scoff it's on the recommended psu list....)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182202

This leaves about $60 for a case.

assuming you need nothing else.... If you keep things stock, you would be better off with a amd build, but since your in intel i posted intel parts.

Sandy bridge looks like it could be pretty promising also, may want to wait a little for that and see how it is comes out January 9th i think.

edit: Darn it, i forgot a hard drive samsung f3 1tb $60 shipped.....so i went over lol., totally terrible at these intel builds.

Let one of the gurus put you one together with some sweet combos, this is what i put together quickly more than you will ever use most likely.

I'm better with amd parts on budgets.....

asus mobo $145
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131631

gskill ripjaws 4gb again.....
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231277

amd x4 for $145

rosewill green psu $45(don't scoff it's on the recommended psu list....)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182202

and a samsung f3 for $60 bucks shipped off ewiiz

$455.....rest for case....
Edited by luvsan - 12/19/10 at 8:00pm
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Hey guys, I'm looking to put together a budget build for the family. It will be a general use computer for the family. The most hardware taxing thing we'd be doing on it is probably just some HD video streaming on Youtube and TV station channels. We are looking to spend $500 and would like you guys to max out the budget as the family doesn't really upgrade that often. Thanks a lot for the help guys.
Alright I will be sure to help you with your budget, I am very familiar with Intel builds, and I feel like it'll still be a better choice than an AMD build.

I chose the i5 because you stated that you wanted the entire budget used. The i5 is the best idea around this price point, though I think for your needs the i3 will be more than enough if you want to save $100. I don't see you really utilizing a quad core, though it really isn't worth it getting a dual core i5 for $100 more. This is why the i5 makes the most sense.

I chose the USB3 mobo because it is made by the best motherboard manufacturer out there in Gigabyte and will give you a lot of reliability. You could do some moderate overclocking on this board in the future if you want a free upgrade, but do not expect to hit any crazy clocks on it either. It is practical for what you want to use it for.

I chose the Mushkin Silverlines because Mushkin makes the highest quality RAM on the market right now, hands down. It is also about as cheap as it gets and comes with a heat spreader so you'll have some heat protection versus a plain stick.

I chose the Corsair because it's units are always very high quality and it is usually a brand you can trust. The Rosewill posted by the poster above is also nice, but I don't know why you would get it when the Corsair is a dollar cheaper and comes with a 20 dollar rebate. That makes it $24 after rebate, which is astounding for a high quality PSU such as this.

The Geforce 8400GS is just something that will let you display a picture. anything more is really unnecessary because your internet browser and probably all applications you will be using will not utilize your graphics card. So this is something to display your picture since the motherboard has no onboard video.

The Western Digital Caviar Green is a no brainer. $60 for 1.5TB? yes please. That is cheaper than any 1TB on Newegg also.

I threw in the DVD Burner because you'll probably need to use it at some point.

That adds up to about $500 and I left the case up to you because pretty much everyone has their own opinion on cases and there really is no set case that is best.

Hope I was able to help.
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4x4GB DDR3 1600 Corsair Vengeance Series Seagate 1.5TB 7200rpm Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7200rpm Asus Optical Drive 
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XSPC Raystorm Waterblock Black Primochill Tubing 1/2" ID / 3/4" OD XSPC RX240 XSPC Dual Bay Reservoir 
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