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Building a new computer with $500

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#1 Lilium


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Posted 01 January 2011 - 03:48 AM

First off, Happy New Year! Thanks for reading my post for help as well.

I need to build a new computer since upgrading my current one is not cost effective. I have %500 USD to spend on parts. I don't care about looks; I'm more concerned about performance for this rig.

These are the primary parts of the computer I'm looking for:
* Processor
* Ram (DDR3)
* Video Card (512mb - 1gb memory)

I'm going to be making youtube videos and need a system that can handle video editing.

These are the parts I'll need as well:
* Motherboard
* HDD (something really, really small; it's only purpose will be to hold the OS since I have a TB of external HDD space)
* Case (not anything fancy, but something sturdy)
* Ethernet Card
* OS
* CD Drive
* DVD Drive
* Power Supply

Thank you again for reading my post and helping me. It is greatly appreciated.

Edited by Lilium, 01 January 2011 - 03:59 AM.

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Posted 03 January 2011 - 03:00 PM

ok...$500 is stretching a bit but here is what i can come up with:

motherboard $78.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128451&cm_re=am3_motherboard-_-13-128-451-_-Product

case $39.99 (free shipping saves about $12): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146061&cm_re=mid-tower_case-_-11-146-061-_-Product

windows 7 home premium 64-bit $99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754&cm_re=windows_7-_-32-116-754-_-Product

athlon iix2 amd processor $59.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103687&cm_re=amd_athlon_ii_x2-_-19-103-687-_-Product

600w psu $64.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139019&cm_re=600w_psu-_-17-139-019-_-Product

4gb ddr3 (2x2gb sticks) $52.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211364&cm_re=4gb_ddr3-_-20-211-364-_-Product

dvd/cd burner w/lightscribe (i use this and love it) $22.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827140041

500gb WD HDD $59.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320&cm_re=500gb_hdd-_-22-136-320-_-Product

hd radeon 5570 $69.99: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102875

total is $549.99 with shipping (to my house as estimate) $555.71 shipping costs: $5.80 there is also $25 worth of rebates in this build

a little over ure budget im srry but $500 is really pushing the limit...but this is a pc that should be able to handle ure editing...not a full gaming rig that can run whatever but should be able to handle most games...just not on highest setting (dont expect crysis on max lol)

the onboard Ethernet should be good enough so u dont need a card unless u need a wireless card

good luck hope this helps!! :)

Edited by Blaze413, 03 January 2011 - 03:01 PM.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 11:51 PM

Thank you very much Blaze413. Before you replied, I compiled a list of parts on my own on newegg too. What I think I'll do is combine our lists together to get a rig that satisfies me. The Hard Drive you found is perfect. It'll shave ten dollars off of my cart!

This is the new wish list:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s

SAPPHIRE 100293DP Radeon HD 5570 1GB 128-bit DDR3

CORSAIR Builder Series CMPSU-600CX 600W Power Supply

WINTEC AMPX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333

Intel BOXDH55TC LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Total cost: $569.92
shipping: $10.65
w/ shipping: $580.67

This is the combined list. I left out the case because I'll be using my current computer's case (Compaq Presario SR1403WM): it's compatible with my motherboard and saves me money too. What are your thoughts on this configuration? Thanks again!

Also, I've pawned a few items and now only need $17.61 to have $580.67.

Edited by Lilium, 05 January 2011 - 11:54 PM.

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:15 AM

looks great!! i just see one thing that is really opinon and preference for me...the micro atx board

they r fine but lack the ability to upgrade as much in the future and can have heating issues because of their small form factor...now if the case u have only fits the micro by all means its not that big of a deal cuz that saves u like $40 but just saying i like to try and stay away from micro atx boards and go with the reg atx form factor.

just my thoughts but overall great build and goodluck!!

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 07:42 AM

I'll keep that in mind for my next rig. Thanks for the help!

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Posted 08 January 2011 - 09:15 AM

I wouldn't recommend reusing your current case, as it is not designed to accomodate the amount of heat your new processor and video card will create. I would recommend something solid but cheap, with better cooling (look at the Antec Three Hundred).

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