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Just looking to see what kinda of parts you guys would throw together with a $300 budget. I will be needing cpu, mobo, ram, psu, dvd drive, and case. I will most likely be using this just for some web browsing and java games, so on-board video will be sufficent in this build. Another thing is I will be using a spare hard drive I have lying around so no need for one at the moment.

Also I might use this same build for a friends computer since his is showing some age (about 10 years old). If possible I would like to have a dual core that can be unlocked or a quad core with a bit cheaper mobo which ever works better for the budget really.

I most likely won't respond till tomorrow sometime cause I need some sleep but thanks guys in advance!
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Originally Posted by Elite- View Post
Just looking to see what kinda of parts you guys would throw together with a $300 budget. I will be needing cpu, mobo, ram, psu, dvd drive, and case. I will most likely be using this just for some web browsing and java games, so on-board video will be sufficent in this build.

Also I might use this same build for a friends computer since his is showing some age (about 10 years old). If possible I would like to have a dual core that can be unlocked or a quad core with a bit cheaper mobo which ever works better for the budget really.

I most likely won't respond till tomorrow sometime cause I need some sleep but thanks guys in advance!
You can get quality hardware for the price. Take a look at this:

Samsung DVD+RW Drive: $19

HEC Blitz Black Case: $40

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40

MSI 880GM-E41 AM3 Motherboard: $65

Antec EA-380D 380W PSU: $40

Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333MHz: $40

AMD Athlon II X2 245: $60

Total: $304
Total with shipping: $323

Hope this helped.

EDIT:
You won't be able to get an Athlon II X3 for the price unless you can get a combo deal or you have to cheap out on essential components.

Alternatively, you can also go the Intel route for a bit cheaper and get similar performance. Change this from the build:

MSI G41M-P23: $50

Intel Celeron E3300 Dual-Core: $50

Total: $279
Total with shipping: $300
Edited by LOL_Wut_Axel - 4/12/11 at 9:37pm
    
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Here's what can be fit in the budget with room to spare:
Athlon II x4 640 + Biostar A880GU3 - $154 shipped
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7 - $50 shipped after promo [see link] (high end but only suggesting cause it's a good deal)
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo

Total: $273 shipped

A bit overkill but it all fits into budget so why not. Only suggested parts you need by the way but if you wish to get another HDD you can fit one in while still maintaining within $320 shipped. I'm personally also a fan of small form factor if it won't be doing anything other than web browsing/media playback/etc. and things like cooling/overclocking are not a concern. I actually have some experience with this case (it's an Antec Minuet in disguise) if you have any questions about managing SFF builds.

True quad core (even with no L3 - L3 is small benefit unless you game perhaps) would be better than a dual core (that may not unlock) esp. at the same price by the way

Quote:
Originally Posted by LOL_WUT_AXEL
You won't be able to get an Athlon II X3 for the price unless you can get a combo deal or you have to cheap out on essential components.


In case you want to push even lower and still get a decent build:
Athlon II x3 450 + A880GU3 - $133 shipped
Patriot Signature 2x2GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - $45 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $247 shipped
Add some $35-40 for that hard drive and win

Even cheaper? Sacrifice another core...
Athlon II x2 245 + A880GU3 - $115 shipped
G.Skill 2x2GB Generic 1333Mhz CL9 - $40 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $223 shipped
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/12/11 at 9:48pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Here's what can be fit in the budget with room to spare:
Athlon II x4 640 + Biostar A880GU3 - $154 shipped
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7 - $50 shipped after promo [see link] (high end but only suggesting cause it's a good deal)
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $273 shipped

A bit overkill but it all fits into budget so why not. Only suggested parts you need by the way but if you wish to get another HDD you can fit one in while still maintaining within $320 shipped. I'm personally also a fan of small form factor if it won't be doing anything other than web browsing/media playback/etc. and things like cooling/overclocking are not a concern.

True quad core (even with no L3 - L3 is small benefit unless you game perhaps) would be better than a dual core (that may not unlock) esp. at the same price by the way

In case you want to push even lower and still get a decent build:
Athlon II x3 450 + A880GU3 - $133 shipped
Patriot Signature 2x2GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - $45 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo

Total: $247 shipped

Even cheaper? Sacrifice two cores and...
Athlon II x2 245 + A880GU3 - $115 shipped
Patriot Signature 2x2GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - $45 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $229 shipped
First build is gold, except for one thing: the PSU. Get the case alone and save $20 there. Get the Antec EA-380D I posted for $40. The build is now $295 and you get a much more reliable PSU.
    
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Here's what can be fit in the budget with room to spare:
Athlon II x4 640 + Biostar A880GU3 - $154 shipped
G.Skill Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL7-8-7 - $50 shipped after promo [see link] (high end but only suggesting cause it's a good deal)
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo

Total: $273 shipped

A bit overkill but it all fits into budget so why not. Only suggested parts you need by the way but if you wish to get another HDD you can fit one in while still maintaining within $320 shipped. I'm personally also a fan of small form factor if it won't be doing anything other than web browsing/media playback/etc. and things like cooling/overclocking are not a concern.

True quad core (even with no L3 - L3 is small benefit unless you game perhaps) would be better than a dual core (that may not unlock) esp. at the same price by the way




In case you want to push even lower and still get a decent build:
Athlon II x3 450 + A880GU3 - $133 shipped
Patriot Signature 2x2GB 1600Mhz DDR3 - $45 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $247 shipped
Add some $35-40 for that hard drive and win

Even cheaper? Sacrifice another core...
Athlon II x2 245 + A880GU3 - $115 shipped
G.Skill 2x2GB Generic 1333Mhz CL9 - $40 shipped
Rosewill Slim mATX Small Form factor + 350W - $50 shipped
Samsung 22X DVD - $19 shipped after promo
Total: $223 shipped
Read: I said you'd need a combo deal to lower the price. And, in effect, that's what happened. Keep on trolling.
    
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You can't really expect small form factor cases to have an ultra-reliable PSU
Except maybe my Antec Minuet for which I was able to separately order an Antec 350W 80+ unit, but that's expensive
By all means this would be fine for his needs. Consider that the majority of prebuilts in the world (small form factor and the like) are probably using a much worse PSU than the one that might happen to be in this Rosewill.

In any case the EA380D won't fit in that case, a (more expensive) mATX or full ATX case would have to be used

I'm personally a fan of small form factor, though that is his choice I would perhaps sacrifice a bit PSU quality for a PC that will never consume more than around 100-150W to save space around the house. Of course that is entirely OP's choice but I thought I'd throw it out there since it's an excellent and viable option that's somewhat underlooked here. It also slightly lowers cost.

Hard drive was explicitly stated as optional as he already has one, however that can be fit in while keeping within or close to within budget in all situations
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/12/11 at 9:54pm
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You can't really expect small form factor cases to have an ultra-reliable PSU
Except maybe my Antec Minuet for which I was able to separately order an Antec 350W 80+ unit, but that's expensive
By all means this would be fine for his needs. Consider that the majority of prebuilts in the world (small form factor and the like) are probably using a much worse PSU than the one that might happen to be in this Rosewill.

By the way EA380D won't fit in that case

Hard drive was explicitly stated as optional as he already has one, however that can be fit in while keeping within or close to within budget in all situations
Then he should get the case I posted. That would put it at $10 more plus it's much better.

$305 shipped total.
    
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Just looking to see what kinda of parts you guys would throw together with a $300 budget. I will be needing cpu, mobo, ram, psu, dvd drive, and case. I will most likely be using this just for some web browsing and java games, so on-board video will be sufficent in this build. Another thing is I will be using a spare hard drive I have lying around so no need for one at the moment.

Also I might use this same build for a friends computer since his is showing some age (about 10 years old). If possible I would like to have a dual core that can be unlocked or a quad core with a bit cheaper mobo which ever works better for the budget really.

I most likely won't respond till tomorrow sometime cause I need some sleep but thanks guys in advance!
get this:
cpu- athlonII x3 435(it can be unlocked)
note: athlonII x2 cant be unlocked
mobo- msi 880gm e41
ram- 2x2gb kingston hyperX 1600mhz
psu- corsair cx400
hdd- western digital cavair blue 500gb
optical drive- hp 24x dual layer
pc case- cooler master elite430
Edited by Aniket - 4/12/11 at 10:00pm
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