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I offered to help a guy build his first computer. He has a $500ish budget. He wanted to buy this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...way-_-83113088

I've never done an AMD build so here is what I'm thinking:

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042

CPU/Mobo combo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.172803

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817341010

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227195

OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16832116488

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130394

DVD burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136152

Total with tax comes to $572 and there is $30 in Mail in Rebates.

Any suggestions guys and gals? He is NOT a gamer or OC'er. He just wants something basic that doesn't take 5 min. to load.

Thanks everyone!
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$125 cpu: phenom 2 x3 710
$110 mobo: gigabyte 790x+sb750
$90 gpu: sapphire 4830
$50 hdd: wd 320mb
$20 case: cm cav 3
$45 psu: cm real power 650w
$53 ram: 4gb skill 1066
$25 odd: LG 22x

$518=Total

but mir should get you bellow $500.
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$125 cpu: phenom 2 x3 710
$110 mobo: gigabyte 790x+sb750
$90 gpu: sapphire 4830
$50 hdd: wd 320mb
$20 case: cm cav 3
$45 psu: cm real power 650w
$53 ram: 4gb skill 1066
$25 odd: LG 22x

$518=Total

but mir should get you bellow $500.

Great build but he could spend some extra and buy a used or open-boxed 4850.
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$125 cpu: phenom 2 x3 710
$110 mobo: gigabyte 790x+sb750
$90 gpu: sapphire 4830
$50 hdd: wd 320mb
$20 case: cm cav 3
$45 psu: cm real power 650w
$53 ram: 4gb skill 1066
$25 odd: LG 22x

$518=Total

but mir should get you bellow $500.


Great suggestions, thank you.
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$125 cpu: phenom 2 x3 710
$110 mobo: gigabyte 790x+sb750
$90 gpu: sapphire 4830
$50 hdd: wd 320mb
$20 case: cm cav 3
$45 psu: cm real power 650w
$53 ram: 4gb skill 1066
$25 odd: LG 22x

$518=Total

but mir should get you bellow $500.


This is definitely the best suggestion yet.
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Change the 500gb AAKS to the 640gb AAKS

Use promo code EMCLPMV42 to make it $65. Other than that, the build looks good.
going to have to disagree with everyone on this post. You all came up with very good systems but forgot two major points 1. No OS listed and lets face it if the guy is asking a friend to build it he not running linux and 2. If he looking at a prebuilt like gateway and specifically says it too not into gaming drop the vid card fellas. Checkout Tigerdirect.com barebones section get the OS from newegg and i bet you can build a great system for the everyday user for less than $400
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Originally Posted by gerikoh
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$125 cpu: phenom 2 x3 710
$110 mobo: gigabyte 790x+sb750
$90 gpu: sapphire 4830
$50 hdd: wd 320mb
$20 case: cm cav 3
$45 psu: cm real power 650w
$53 ram: 4gb skill 1066
$25 odd: LG 22x

$518=Total

but mir should get you bellow $500.


Agreed, a fine build, mobo was on the top of my last builds list, got the GA-790GP-UD4H instead. Way better build than the preassembled rig by far.
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there's a vista starter for only $40


and barebones? you can't even oc with that. hehe
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Like i said guys read the post first of OC not an issue on this one and second tiger's has good OC barbones if such a thing exists lol.
yeah i understand your point. but building your own is just different. with better specs as you get the best bang for your buck. also for future heavy apps that he might wanna try.
Keep it low though save your money if in the future you decide to go try a heavy app hey you got the express slots. I keep everyhting thing under budget when i build they love it if they want high end i know how to spend their money too lol but this guy is obviously low end user not even advance apps so unfortunately i gotta disagree with everyone so far.
If OC and Gaming are not an issue..
I would consider something along the lines of:

Athlon 64 X2 5800(3.0 ghz) & ASUS M3A78-EM ($122)

G.Skill 4GB DDR2-800 Ram ($36)

320 GB WD HDD ($49)

Lite-On 22x DVD-RW ($23)

Antec 300 Case ($59)

PC Power & Cooling PSU ($49)

TOTAL: $338

To avoid shipping charges on the case(if you were to go with Newegg).. there are alternatives with free shipping - but that comes down to user preference. I like the 300, and just recently did a WC setup with one - very impressed by the quality of the case for the ~$40 it cost new from Microcenter.

Since there will be no OC'ing or gaming really, the onboard video should be fine.

Other than that, for the type of user this guy sounds like you don't need a triple or quad core.. the higher clock speeds of a dual core will be plenty good enough for him (and for most people).

For $338 and using good quality components, it is hard to beat that system and you still have plenty of money left over for a legal copy of your choice O/S :). Experimenting with coupons and combo deals can probably net you a slightly lower overall cost as well - it just depends how much time you want to put in to save a few more bucks...

Hope this helps and is a good starting point
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yeah but that build is still even low end. he can gut the replace the cpu with the igp of this mobo to keep costs down:

now that's a total of $400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138140

then add a dedicated gpu in the future.
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