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Old 09-22-2010, 12:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default $600-$700 budget, first time building a computer!

Hello everyone, I recently found these forums on my quest to build my first computer. I have had a laptop for a while, and was basically using it as a desktop, until it finally died. So I thought instead of buying another laptop to use as a desktop, why not get an actual desktop. Then another great idea came to mind, why not build it! So that's where I am, I've been doing a lot of research lately and have been looking all over.

I just got a $630 check for my old laptop from my warranty company, so I would like to keep the cost from somewhere around $600-$700. I'm just not exactly sure what kind of parts I should get. This computer will be used for Web Surfing, Light if any, gaming, writing papers, listening to music. It doesn't have to be absolutely AMAZING, but I would like to have a decent computer that will last a while. Any help from anyone is very much appreciated!

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Here's a basic build. It uses the onboard graphics on the motherboard, but the 4290 should work for light gaming. If you can get Win7 through school/college that will now $100 off of the cost and let you buy a graphics card.

1. AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor (Model: HDZ955FBGMBOX)
2. MSI AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Motherboard (Model: 890GXM-G65)
3. Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Model: KVR1333D3K2/4GR)
4. Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case w/ 430W Power Supply

Combo Price: $402.00 w/$20 MIR

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD7501AALS 750GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive -Bare Drive

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Writer

Total = $591.97

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Sandisk Ultra Plus 128GB / Samsung 840 120GB / WD Black 750GB / WD Green 1TB / WD Red 3TB
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x2GB DDR3 1600 - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 2x2GB DDR3 1600
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