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So my friend would like me to help him build a computer, and he says his budget is $400 dollars max! He isn't going to be using it for gaming,for now anyways but it is possible later, but it must last him around 5 or 6 years for other general things. Heres what I was thinking:

i3-2100+ MSI H61-E33 Mobo combo deal at Microcenter-$108 after tax
PSU-Corsair Power 400W $50 (I'm selling this to him)
RAM-G Skill Ripjaws $50
Case-Unsure max of $40 shipped
CD/DVD Drive- Must burn CDs/DVDs and Read them as well max of $20 shipped
OS- Win 7 64bit OEM $89.99
HDD-Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 7200RPM $43

I'd prefer to buy everything from the egg. If you guys have any suggestions to get this things price down to as little as people that would be great, I am ready and willing to go to AMD for this build if that will give me a better price for similar performance and a life span of 5 ish years.
    
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You could always tell him to run Linux with a budget like that. It would give you a lot more leeway as to what you'll be able to build him. It may not really be an option, but $90 is a lot of money to be dropping on a W7 license. The other suggestions I have are going to be over-budget if you keep the Windows license.

The WD 250GB 7200RPM is pretty small for an HDD. The Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM is $65 at Newegg. Your friend may not need the space though.

The CoolerMaster Elite 335 is $50 at Newegg, but it's a mid tower. With a build like that, your friend may want a smaller form factor. There aren't many decent cases for $40 shipped.
    
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You could always tell him to run Linux with a budget like that. It would give you a lot more leeway as to what you'll be able to build him. It may not really be an option, but $90 is a lot of money to be dropping on a W7 license. The other suggestions I have are going to be over-budget if you keep the Windows license.

The WD 250GB 7200RPM is pretty small for an HDD. The Spinpoint F3 1TB 7200RPM is $65 at Newegg. Your friend may not need the space though.

The CoolerMaster Elite 335 is $50 at Newegg, but it's a mid tower. With a build like that, your friend may want a smaller form factor. There aren't many decent cases for $40 shipped.
Yeah, he won't use the space. I barely use around 300GB and thats with many games movies and music, he won't be storing that much stuff. And he doesn't really care much about what the thing looks like, I mean he's coming from a 2004 generic dell, most cases look better than that. Thanks for the reply though. I would tell him to use Linux, but I have no experience with it so...

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You need a gpu.
    
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You need a gpu.
I was just going to let him use the onboard. He isn't going to be gaming, and from what I've read, Sandy Bridge's onchip GPU is more than enough for movies.
    
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If you are only able to spend 400$ do not build a custom computer (unless you find extremely good prices on parts/buy used ones). You are able to find much better pre-built systems for that kind of price. There comes a certain price point where building a computer just isn't worth it. This is a good example
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If you are only able to spend 400$ do not build a custom computer. You are able to find much better pre-built systems for that kind of price. There comes a certain price point where building a computer just isn't worth it. This is a good example
Really? I've seen builds from companies similar to the specs of what I have listed for $600. Last time I checked $400 is less than $600.
    
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Really? I've seen builds from companies similar to the specs of what I have listed for $600. Last time I checked $400 is less than $600.
I was just giving my opinion I guess. Last time I checked, sarcasm doesn't get people much help. Also, this computer won't be able to last comfortably for 5-6 years. I recommend that your friend saves up a bit more money before he builds the computer.
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I was just giving my opinion I guess. Last time I checked, sarcasm doesn't get people much help. Also, this computer won't be able to last comfortably for 5-6 years. I recommend that your friend saves up a bit more money before he builds the computer.
Last time I checked, people actually did a little research before posting something. Sarcasm aside, if he lasted this long with a shoddy P4 or maybe worse since 2004-5 then he can certainly last several years with Sandy Bridge. He won't be doing much with it, like I said, watching movies, and general internet surfing and school work. If the need arises he can throw in a GPU later when he has more cash,
    
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You need a gpu.
No, he's got an H67 mobo; he'll be fine with an IGP.
    
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