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Old 10-30-2009, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello again.

Been a while since I've even looked at PC compenents since I build my PC about 2 years ago, so I'm a bit out of the loop when it comes to the good deals and quality.

My brother asked me if I could look into building him a Budget Media PC. I'm guessing anywhere around $500 would seem about right.
*Montior, Keyboard, and mouse do not need to be included.

Usage: Internet and Video Media, minimal gaming if any. He has his own small Ebay bussiness which will account for most it's usage, but he also wants to use the PC as a media center for his 42" LCD for playing movie and tv.

Any suggestions or builds would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Blueheaven
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Old 10-30-2009, 04:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Quick build:

Newegg.com - Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3P AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Newegg.com - XFX HD-467X-ZDF2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Newegg.com - OCZ GameXStream OCZ600GXSSLI 600W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply - Power Supplies
Newegg.com - Crucial Ballistix Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory with LEDs Model BL2KIT25664TA1336 - Desktop Memory
Newegg.com - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

Its built as a regular size computer, wasn't sure if you wanted a smaller form factor. Since you said buisness + gaming I just built is as ATX.

Edit: Comes out to $588 w/o shipping.
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4670 seems a bit much for little or no gaming; OP would probably be fine with integrated or a 4350.

Also the power supply is a bit much, 450W would be plenty.
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Old 10-30-2009, 10:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I mostly agree with the above two posters, however I did include a decent GPU in my build just for future proofing and because definitions of a little gaming can vary between people.
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Old 10-31-2009, 05:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for your suggestions. Definitely will help me in the right direction.

As for the OS, actually think we might stick with XP
And yes I will need a out board video card simply for the multiple display outputs, but a cheap media GPU is all I would really need.

The extent of gaming would most likely be limited to HLM (original half life). Me and my brother used to be pretty hardcore HLM players, still mess around on a private server sometimes.
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I picked the XFX 4670 just for the extended warranty. So if you want to go cheaper, feel free.
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