450$ budget build


Approximate Purchase Date: within this month

Budget Range: 475$ Before Rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet. email.

Parts Not Required: mouse and speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon only please. no taxes. i live in california

Country of Origin: US, california

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

Additional Comments: simple case, good cable management

Crucial Ballistix 4gb 1333mhz- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004UPHOMI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=A13BNE3P7C8THK 21$

NZXT Source 210- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005869A7K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 40$

WD Caviar Blue 320gb- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00461E7JE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 40$ doesn't need to be big. wont be saving much onto it.

Intel Pentium G840- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00520HSZS/ref=ox_sc_act_title_5?ie=UTF8&m=AZ8ZZL30AH7DI 85$

Corsair CX430- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004W2T2TM/ref=ox_sc_act_title_9?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 45$

ASRock H61M-VS- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004S9JXPW/ref=ox_sc_act_title_10?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 55$

Sony 24x DVD Burner- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003MRHOQG/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 20$

Logitech K120 Keyboard- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003ELVLKU/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 12$

3m Mouse Pad- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017D5Z40/ref=ox_sc_act_title_7?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 6$

Windows 7 Home Premium- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Q0PT3I/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER 100$

HANNS.G 17"1440x900- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001FCHVZO/ref=ox_sc_act_title_6?ie=UTF8&m=A2NG4HB43UEDVL 70$


May 4, 2011
Since you don't sound too interested in gaming, do yourself a favor and get this PSU - http://www.amazon.com/Antec-EA-380D-Power-Supply/dp/B002UOR17Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1316399745&sr=1-1 .....Antec Earthwatts is a really really great series, especially the 380, 430, and 500 watt flavors. I have the 430, and it's been a great investment. the 380 will also power a basic graphics card if you choose to get one in the future, like an HD 6670 easily (most people say otherwise, but really, a GOOD PSU will go a long way).

Otherwise, IMHO....

good RAM choice, 4gb is just the right amount, good case, good HDD, i would switch the corsair PSU with the antec, good optical drive.....The CPU ain't bad really, it's probably the best in that price range IMO, and I think going lga 1155 is a smart choice for a new build, at least in this case. The motherboard is good too i think, nice find. i'm no expert, but yeah i'd say all in all i think you did real good for a budget build. it gives you room to upgrade in the future, but will, realistically, be a GREAT websurfer in the meantime. Good luck!



i have a gtx 560 ti in my gaming build so when i upgrade it ill probably throw the 560 ti in it. overall it should pull about 325w so a cx 430 should be just fine. the antec will work too but i am waiting for a mail in rebate for the cx which happens a lot. the 1155 socket is kind of a must for me. intel is the way to go these days and that is a very powerful duel core for the price and should be great for web surfing.


Aug 1, 2011
Processor : Intel Core i3 2100 - $125
Motherboard : ASRock H61M-GE - $63
RAM : G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $20
Storage : Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB - $40
PSU : Corsair Builder Series CX430 V2 - $45
Case : Xigmatek ASGARD II ATX Mid Tower - $30

Total : $323 before rebates

So, you have $150 left.
Use linux, saves $100. or get some windows student edition for lesser price.

Keyboard : AZIO KB503U Black USB Wired Slim Keyboard - $7
Mouse : Rosewill RM-C2P Black 3 Buttons 1 x Wheel PS/2 Wired Optical Mouse - $5
Monitor : Acer S211HLbd 21.5'' 5ms LED-Backlight LCD Monitor Slim Design - $130

Grand Total : $467



i was thinking about using linux but i wont be using it my mom will be and she is used to windows. ubuntu is not quite polished enough. and that case i am guessing is from newegg. it is fine that is from newegg since it is cheaper by 10$ oh wait 10$ shipping plus tax since i live in california. nvm that wont work out. ya include shipping prices too please

Easy to shave a hundred dollars off that build and not compromise quality

Ubuntu Linux. In
Win 7 out



Sep 10, 2011
Four hours? Hm, I would guess that you're probably a good two or three hours from that Micro Center in Santa Clara? The Core i3 2100, for example, would run for $108.24, after tax, if you could go there. I've also been trying to do what you're doing, using will-call, free shipping, and so forth. I've seen cheaper prices in Fry's, that with the addition of tax, amount to the same as online distribution, and they claim to price match.

I would also suggest GNU/Linux as an alternative. Maybe test it out using a Live CD and see if she can get by?

Edit: I know it's far from ideal, but there are also Windows 7 themes available as well. If the concern is function rather than form, however, it might be challenging to have her use Ubuntu. But I've had others using GNU/Linux through GNOME and even the more minimal Openbox, and they've picked up quickly.

As a side note, some of the products on Amazon seem to be almost out of stock. I noticed the Optiarc went out of stock on Newegg recently and that it's slightly more expensive on Amazon now.



haha i like it. but will i be able to use the printers wirelessly? with windows 7 i can do that. i print things out wirelessly on my win7 laptop through my win7 desktop. already have a win7 desktop in that house but dad is hogging it for his email so mom wants her own and she prints out things from the internet constantly.

Its this simple

If your printer is like mine you wont be able to connect directly , but she should be able to connect to the desktop and print using that , just the same as you are doing now