Budget build for parents
Hey guys, I'm new around here but I'm pretty much hooked. I'm planning on building my parents a new rig for about $300-$400, i already have a power supply:Corsair 430Watt, Case: Haf 912, and a GPU, some older nvidia... i think its a 9500GT but i'm not positive on that at the moment.
Its going to be used for just standard web browsing, facebook and the odd light game like Ricochet and Bejewelled, i will be ordering all the parts from NCIX, and will be buying next week. probably like Thursday/Friday. This is what i have so far.
Mobo: NCIX.com - Buy ASUS P5G41T-M/CSM LGA775 mATX G41 DDR3 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI HDMI VGA GMA4500 Motherboard - ASUS - P5G41T-M/CSM - in Canada
CPU: NCIX.com - Buy Intel Pentium E6500 Dual Core Processor LGA775 2.93GHZ 1066FSB 2M L2 Cache 65W Retail Box - Intel - BX80571E6500 - in Canada
HDD: NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 16MB Cache 7200RPM 3.5IN SATA Internal Hard Drive OEM - Western Digital WD - WD5000AAKX - in Canada
RAM: NCIX.com - Buy Corsair XMS3 TWIN3X2048-1333C9 G 2GB DDR3 2X1GB DDR3-1333 CL 9-9-9-27 Dual Channel Memory Kit - Corsair - TWIN3X2048-1333C9 G - in Canada
and a lite on dvd drive.
Looks pretty good but look into an i3 or i5. The BST thread has many great deals, so if you're in no hurry a better system could be had for a better price.
Good luck with your build and welcome to HWC!!!
Wouldn't buy socket 775 new. A month ago I built my parents a computer for the same use an it was just over $500, included tax and windows7 and had free shipping.
It was i3 540 and msi H55m-e33 motherboard combo ($190...though now I would go for i3-2100 for around the same price).
cx-430 PSU $30
CM elite 330 case $35
Ripjaws ddr3 1600 2x2gb $40
seagate 500gb hdd $35
lg burner $15
windows 7 $99
You already have case and power supply, so that would knock $65+tax off the price I paid and if you don't need windows thats another $100 +tax off the price.
yeah go the i3 route, only a few bucks more. look for the ncix bundles on special now, same as the one the above gent
put together for pops, and indeed very happy with it!
Hoping to get some quick advice before i go buy this afternoon, decided to pick the stuff up locally at Canada computers, just want to make sure that everything is compatible and the power supply is big enough, any help would be highly appreciated, thanks in advance.
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 Mid Tower ATX Case (RC-912-KKN1) | Canada Computers
CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 Dual-Core Socket LGA1155, 3.10Ghz, 3MB L3 Cache, 32nm (Retail Boxed) (BX80623I32100) | Canada Computers
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-H61M-D2P-B3 Socket 1155 Intel H61 Chipset Dual-Channel DDR3 1333/1066/800 MHz DVI/VGA 2x PCI-Express GigaLAN 7.1-CH HD Audio 4x SATA 3.0Gb/s 10x USB 2.0 Micro ATX | Canada Computers
RAM: Mushkin Silverline 2GB (2x1GB) DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMM (996583) | Canada Computers
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue (WD5000AAKX) 500GB SATA3 6GB/s 7200RPM 16MB Buffer (OEM) | Canada Computers
DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST Black SATA 24X DVD-Writer 24xDVD+R/-R 24xDVD+/-R DL 8xDVD+RW/6xDVD-RW 48xCD-R OEM | Canada Computers
Corsair CX430 PSU
Windows 7 64 Bit
Your PSU is big enough but you could go for 2GBx2 instead of 2x1GB. That motherboard has 2 RAM slots only and extra RAM would be better. 2GB is a small amount these days as Windows 7 64 bit can easily idle at 800MB of RAM. Since this is a build for your parents I don't think they would be picky about having a good casing like the HAF series. An Elite series would be good enough if you want to consider balancing your budget to add that extra 2GB of RAM. A cheaper ASRock H61 board would save some bucks as well.
ASRock H61M-VS Socket 1155 Intel H61 Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 1333/1066Mhz 5.1 CH HD Audio LAN 4x SATAII 3.0 Gb/s 6x USB2.0 Micro ATX | Canada Computers
Cooler Master Elite 370 Black Mid Tower Case (RC-370-KKN1) | Canada Computers
For parents / business', I typically recommend the Cooler Master Elite 330 case. It's just a simple case, not flashy and priced right.
With the $15 saved on the case, I would do what dma said - go with 2x2 gig DDR3 1600 ram.
Mushkin Blackline 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1600MHz CL8 DIMM (996629B) | Canada Computers
I would stick with the Gigabyte motherboard you chose, i'd pick Gigabyte over Asrock any day of the week.
edit: yeah, the CM 370 is good too. (didn't see that in the post above earlier)
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