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Old December 12, 2011, 11:02 AM
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I think I found the computer you were looking for here. So, $300 for a refurbished computer. And Sold Out online.

Okay, this is the best I can do, using only NCIX. You could probably shop around and find some slightly better deals elsewhere, or other members might have some different ideas.

Motherboard: MSI 880 GMS - E35 mATX - $56
CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 260 Dual Core 3.2 GHZ - $71.75
RAM: Corsair 1x4GB DDR3 - $18.95
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB 7200rpm - $99.98
Case: Coolermaster RC-330 - $39.98
PSU:Seasonic 350W -- $38.60

Total: $325.26

You'll have to 'find' a copy of Win7. Or use Linux if you're comfortable.

The motherboard has onboard video c/w DVI & HDMI. It still has one PCI-E slot should you ever want to throw in a discrete video card. It's compatible with all the latest AM3 CPU's including the 6-core thubans, so upgradeability is guaranteed. 6x Sata 6Gb/s - as many Sata ports as boards costing 3 times as much.

The CPU is basically the cheapest AMD I could find: a 3.2GHZ Athlon II. It will work for surfing the web, MS office, skyping and media playback. Just don't expect to play the latest/greatest games.

I picked a single stick of 4GB Ram. At a later date you can add another single stick if you want to increase.

The Harddrive was the hardest part of this build. Because of the flooding in Thailand, prices have doubled. The best i could find was a 500GB WD Caviar Blue. You'll get decent boot/load performance, and 500GB should last a few monthes even if you backup your entire DVD/music collection. When prices go down again, you can buy a 1TB to supplement your storage.

Coolermaster is one of the premiere makers of cases: The RC-330 is no exception. Tool-less design, 6 3.5" drive bays and 4 5.25" bays give you lots of options for future upgrades. front mounted USB 2.0 and speaker/mic for convenience.

A sufficient powersupply from a reputable manufacturer. I could have found a cheaper one, but I was looking more for quality.

I'm sure you can beg/borrow/steal an optical drive from a friend. If not, it's an additional $15 or so for a DVD-RW.
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