GeForce6200 wrote:Hi gerbils, my room mate asked me to build him a simple desktop and I need some guidance as to parts I will be choosing. The only thing for sure now is we will be using this monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6824005419
I am trying to keep the rest of the build less than $500, including keyboard. The PC will not be used for gaming. Mainly MS office and general internet browsing/youtube. I am wondering if it would be beneficial to go with a newer FM2+ motherboard for future upgrades or an Intel solution. I also have no idea what kind of GPU horsepower will be needed for youtube/video playback at 1080P. I am assuming an AMD APU would be fine for such process or intel HD graphics but never used one. It's been a while since I've built a budget desktop so any suggestions are welcome. Will mainly be buying from Newegg. For now here is a basic compilation I was thinking of that comes in around the price point.
AMD X4 740K FM2
ASUS A55 FM2+ motherboard
4GB DDR3 Team ram
1TB WD Blue
LG DVD drive
This comes to a little under the budget but I am still unsure of using the low end GPU vs an Intel onboard or AMD APU. Thanks for any suggestion.
GeForce6200 wrote:AMD X4 740K FM2
Dell Outlet wrote: $459 + tax
Dell Outlet Inspiron 660 Minitower
Intel Core 3rd generation Ivy Bridge i5-3330 Processor (3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 3.20 GHz)
1TB Hard Drive, 3.5 Inch, 7200rpm, SATA
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600Mhz
16X DVD +/- RW Drive
Intel HD Integrated Graphics
Dell DW1506 (802.11 b/g/n) WLAN half mini-Card
Dell USB Optical Mouse
120V Power Cord
Thermal Heatsink, 95W
Windows 8 64 Bit
DPete27 wrote:Consider a mITX build. They're sexy.
kumori wrote:DPete27 wrote:Consider a mITX build. They're sexy.
I've found that when building a budget system the price premium attached to ITX motherboards, cases and power supplies is not worth the extra money. mATX is plenty small and there are many more budget offerings.
GeForce6200 wrote:Jon1984, thanks for the suggestions but we've ruled out the need for an SSD as it is too much for a basic build. Nothing would really benefit from having the SSD other than boot times, which aren't a big deal.
Dagwood wrote: Intel with Core2Duo chips in them. They have Intel’s old school graphics silicon glued right next to the CPU silicon.
Dagwood wrote:I would even be cautious of anything Intel labels Pentium these days.
GeForce6200 wrote:nicer entry level Asus mobos and not bad PSUs.
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