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post #1 of 14
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I'm building a computer for a buddy that needs to be around $300. He will use this computer for web surfing, word, emailing through outlook, heavy multitasking. Here is what i am able to put together. He does not need a hard drive, DVDRW, Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS.

AMD Phenomâ„¢ II X4 840 - $100
MSI 880G-E45 Socket AM3 880G - $40 (#20AR)
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB 1333Mhz - $45
Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W - $50
Rosewill DESTROYER - $50

Total = $285 ($265AR)

Any suggestions? Thanks
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post #2 of 14
Do you have a micro center near you?
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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
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LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
Do you have a micro center near you?
yea thats why i was leaning towards that AMD combo.
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Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
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post #4 of 14
I believe Microcenter has a special where if you buy an AMD processor, you get a Motherboard to go with it for half of or something of that nature.

Build looks good though for that budget.

If he is looking to save a couple of dollars an Antec Earthwatts 380w would do just fine
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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
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Kingston V Series SSD 64 GB Spinpoint F3 1TB Blu-Ray drive & CD/DVD burner Scythe Mugen II 120mm Ultra Kaze 64bit Windows 7 
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post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by PowerTrip View Post
I believe Microcenter has a special where if you buy an AMD processor, you get a Motherboard to go with it for half of or something of that nature.

Build looks good though for that budget.

If he is looking to save a couple of dollars an Antec Earthwatts 380w would do just fine
Yea every dollars helps. The combo i'm going with is Phenom II X4 840 + MSI 880G-E45 Socket AM3 880G ATX for $120. Basically i get the board for $10.
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Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
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Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
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post #6 of 14
You could get a PSU lower than 400w to save a few bucks. I dont see why you need a 400w psu for that.
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LG 34" 21:9 LG 23" 16:9 DELL!!! Corsair TX750w 
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post #7 of 14
Micro center has a special buy a AMD cpu and git the mobo for free.
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html
GIGABYTE's GA-MA78LMT-S2 AM3 or Biostar A780L3G AM3 + PHENOM II X4 840 for $99.99
And add this
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel For $19.99
Antec Basiq BP350 for $29.99
Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 for $39.99
Total of $202.97 + $13 shipping + taxes for the cpu and cpu combo.
So about $226.
Edited by dixson01974 - 4/16/11 at 6:00pm
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AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
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SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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post #8 of 14
1. You can get a better 1600Mhz RAM kit for the same price
2. Here's a good Case + PSU combo for $85 (using the same case you chose and a Rosewill PSU that is actually decent)
3. Consider a small form factor. For $45 you get a slim mATX case with a PSU capable of powering a 95W proc/integrated graphics computer, you save desk space, and you save money. Of course, if expandability is a concern (i.e. want to add a video card), go big.

dixson's suggestion of getting a slightly lower end Gigabyte mobo is okay but you will not be getting full HD capable graphics.... you should add a small low-end video card if you choose that route for full HD video accelerated playback, in case that is an issue
Edited by xd_1771 - 4/16/11 at 5:55pm
post #9 of 14
xd_1771 and me are budget builders.
EDIT
You can add a Radeon HD 5450 512MB for $38 shipped and still be under $300. Plus the full HD video accelerated playback.
Edited by dixson01974 - 4/16/11 at 6:05pm
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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Reply
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
AMD A-3870K AsRock A75 Pro (FM1) HyperX DDR3 1866 8 GB SAMSUNG 830 256gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
SAMSUNG EcoGreen F4 2TB Plextor Black Blu-ray Burner Phenom II X4 stock Cooler Windows 10 
MonitorPowerCase
LG M2762D-PM Glossy Black 27" 5ms (1920x1080) Antec HG 900 Gerenic ATX Case 
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post #10 of 14
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+rep all. Here is what i ended up with:

Phenom II x4 840 + GIGABYTE GA-MA78LMT-S2 $116
APEX PC-389-C Black Steel For $20
Antec Basiq BP350 for $30
Team Elite 4GB 1333 for $40
ASUS EAH5450 SILENT $35

Total = $249.44 ($224 AR)
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600K GA-Z68XP-UD3 Diamond 7970 Ghz Ed. Samsung Extreme  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung P2770HD 27" NZXT 1000W HAF 932 
  hide details  
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
2600K GA-Z68XP-UD3 Diamond 7970 Ghz Ed. Samsung Extreme  
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Samsung 840EVO XSPC Rasa 750 RX360 Windows 7 HP x64 Samsung 2494SW 24" 
MonitorPowerCase
Samsung P2770HD 27" NZXT 1000W HAF 932 
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