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Old 10-30-2011, 06:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I'm looking for a budget build based around an i3 Sandy Bridge Processor. Mostly for multitasking, minimal gaming, video editing possibly, etc.

I'm looking to spend under $350 if possible.

The main things I need help finding is a cheap but good Case/PSU, Motherboard, and Graphics Card. Accessories are not needed.

Thanks a bunch, any and all help is much appreciated!
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eek. What about windoows?
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eek. What about windoows?
I got that covered, can get a cheap copy through my college
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good luck building that! $350 is a tight budget you could try using some of these parts reffered to me,

CPU+Mobo https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Sho...ductId=1647593

GPU https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Sho...ductId=1647701

Case+PSU https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Sho...ductId=1647598

RAM https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/Sho...ductId=1647794

HDD https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/sho...oductid=567855

ODD https://secure.scan.co.uk/aspnet/sho...ductid=1512945

Total inc. VAT and shipping:
497.19
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Sorry but it really won't work like that - $350 US is about 220 in our money. The parts suitable for the OP are all going to different from yours, other than the CPU.

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My apologies, but yes... US Dollars
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With HD cost skyrocketing, I cant do it

I got this though, with no drive.. or optical
Newegg.com - Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, LED LCD TV, Digital Cameras and more!
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

Newegg.com - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W ATX12V v2.3 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
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Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply

After mail in the Corsair gets 5 bucks cheaper, but its 15 more at pyurchASE.

I can't even fit `160Gig drive in at the current prices, as its rediculous.
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Hmmm, here's what I came up with: Imageshack - budgetq.png

$323.93 after the one $20 rebate
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That will work. I tend to build for upgradability.. hence a z board and the 500ish psu.

I'm not a fan of the rosewill psu, and like nice air flowing cases.

You really might want to go 4gig of ram though.
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Those are two 2GB sticks of RAM.

Have any better Case/PSU alternative suggestions? Probably around the $40-80 range for both?

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That will work. I tend to build for upgradability.. hence a z board and the 500ish psu.

I'm not a fan of the rosewill psu, and like nice air flowing cases.

You really might want to go 4gig of ram though.
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