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Old 12-24-2010, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default I need a barebones PC with a low price tag.

I've got a faily low budget of $400 and need a PC that is pretty much for browsing the web and watching videos. I do need something that can play my older games, though.

I do have some preferences, but I am open to anything as long as it has up to date hardware. I would prefer an Nvidia Graphics card, if you can manage to stuff one into the budget. This is only because I use vReveal a lot. As for a power supply, I have had good experiences with Antec, Corsair, OCZ, PCP&C, and Seasonic.

Basically I am asking for suggestions, but feel free to post entire parts lists.

EDIT: I already own a Copy of Windows 7, so leave that out.
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* AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision (Model: HDZ555WFGMBOX)
* ASUS AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro AMD Motherboard (Model: M4A785-M)
* G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory (Model: F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT)
* Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive (Model: ST31000528AS)

Combo Price: $254.50

Newegg.com - SPARKLE SXT4301024S3LNM GeForce GT 430 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Video Card
$64.99

Newegg.com - Antec New Solution VSK2450 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply
$69.99

I figure you probably have an optical drive laying around somewhere.
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Default Re: I need a barebones PC with a low price tag.

I will not be buying the components for a while so combo deals will not be usable. Anyways, I do not have an optical drive laying around so there is another $15 or $20 added to the price tag.

Anyways In the spring I can always head over to the town "dump"... People tend to drop off stuff there illegally and Quite a few PC's tend to be there. I bet I could find an optical drive. Last year I found a P4 System that was completely functional, except for a hard drive. It did have a banged up case but I refurbished it and sold it on ebay for like $60.

I apologize for the rambling, I am rather bored.
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Nothing else?
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Combos are the way to go if you want to keep your costs down. Since you won't be building until then you will be better off waiting until you are almost ready to build and then ask around.
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Default Re: I need a barebones PC with a low price tag.

Yeah, that is true. We will be getting new products from AMD and Intel soon as well, so there is another reason I guess.
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