Beat a $350 glorified netbook with a homebuilt system


Aug 17, 2011
:eek: My girlfriend has been looking at this $350 glorified net book but isn't sold on a laptop as a platform.

I decided to see if I could build a system on the same budget that would blow it out of the water on performance. We don't play games, mostly, facebook, youtube, flash games at best. This is what I came up with.

MD Athlon II X3 435, heatsink, fan. $61.89
GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H mobo $105
Crucial c300 64gb hd $115
gskill ripjaw 2x4gb memory $70
Use ATX Dell case we already own
Use ATX Dell Powersupply we already own
Use IDE cdburner we already own.

We have screens, mice, keyboards.

Prices include shipping. Total $351.89

What do you think. Is this the best bang for that $350 buck?

AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU
ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3, Elite 460W Power Supply
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM