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$550 Budget First Build - Advice

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#1 londokampung


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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:41 AM

Hello everyone!

Iím planning on building my first rig in the next week or so. I have been looking around online, doing research and such, but am terribly confused with all the many options I have. My budget is $550, and no I cannot go over that.
I plan on using the computer mostly for running programs like Office, browsing videos online, watching good quality DVDs, listening to music, and also playing games. Whatís important to me is that it will be able to run these programs simultaneously, and fast. My old computer takes ages to copy/paste large files, and I would hope my new build to have no problem doing these tasks lightning fast.

I want to be able to play the latest games at low-medium quality if thatís possible.

So, these are the items that I need to buy:

Hard Drive
Optical Drive

So, any suggestions would be much appreciatedÖ

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#2 killerx525


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Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:42 AM

$550 is a very tight budget when you have to include the monitor plus OS which leaves very little for the main system. "Lightning fast" won't be possible without a SSD which is going to exceed budget.

Edited by killerx525, 21 October 2012 - 06:43 AM.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 12:49 PM

I was about to suggest a prebuilt for $399 and adding a decent video card, but can't squeeze in a monitor for that amount. As killerx525 pointed out,"Lighning fast" for $550 don't exist.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:39 AM

You could save a few dollars by re-using your current case, monitor, and optical drive/s.
Still won't get you "lightning fast", but with the money you save, you could buy better components, getting you closer to your objective.
You could start with a decent, upgradeable system, and add additional upgrades as funds allow.
As killerx mentioned, your OS is going to knock a big chunk (approx $100) out of your available funds, so you'll be left with approx. $450 dollars for purchasing the components.
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Posted 24 October 2012 - 06:38 PM

What gamez are you referring to?

Games are possible deal-brekers (IMO) when you talk about being inexpensive, since gaming accounts for many of the more expensive purchases that may result for a system.

In any case, just as a starting point in your planning, take a look at below.

CPU/RAM, $181

Motherboard, $55

PSU, $45 . Ultras are decent, I have been using them for years now and I don't believe in paying more than an item is worth.

Case/monitor...use what you have until you can afford what you want.

Hard drive/optical drive...use what you have until you can upgrade/add.

Windows, circa $100


Edited by hamluis, 24 October 2012 - 06:40 PM.

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