Budget $300 PC for casual use


Aug 29, 2011
My old computer is pretty much breaking down now, and I need a new budget computer just for browsing internet, viewing photos, maybe watching some movies. I plan to salvage the hard drive and the optical drive from the old one.

Anyways, here is my current build:

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz - $77.99
Mobo: BIOSTAR H61ML LGA 1155 Intel H61 m-ATX - $49.99
GPU: EVGA GeForce 210 512MB 32-bit - $34.99
RAM: Team Elite 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 - $23.99
PSU: Antec Basiq BP350 350W - $31.99
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX - $29.99
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM - $91.98
Hard Drive: 750 GB seagate salvaged from old one
Optical Drive: Salvaged from old one

For a total of: $340.92
I would prefer if all parts were from newegg (I live in the US btw) and if the price went no higher than the current one. I think there could be better alternatives for the gpu and mobo out there, and maybe even a better AMD for the cpu, although I am completely clueless when it comes to AMD and I prefer sandy bridge anyways.


only thinks i would change is:

graphics card to this:

its an ATI 5450 it will perform better while being quiter and the same price.

is the optical drive from the old PC IDE or sata if its IDE it may cause a lot of problems!

are you sure you don't want SATA 6Gb/s or USB 3.0? USB 3.0 is the future.

if you think Sata6Gb/s and USB3.0 is worth it then this is what you would need:

or just USB 3.0:

if you like mail -in rebates then theres this:

but thats optional too, you have a pretty solid rig there! you could even do a little gaming! and that G620 can beat even some of AMDs quad core processors!


Aug 29, 2011

Ok, after thinking a bit, I believe the discrete gpu is unneccesary since the g620 has integrated gpu. This also gives me leeway to buy a new monitor to replace the old 1024 x 768 one. Here is my probable final build.

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz
Mobo: ASRock H61M/U3S3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 mATX (it's $10 more, but eh)
RAM: G.SKILL NS 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 (brand change)
PSU: Athena Power AP-MP4ATX30 300W (case is mATX)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX
Monitor: ASUS VH197D Black 18.5" 1366 x 768 5ms
Hard Drive: Salvaged from old one
Optical Drive: Salvaged
OS: I remembered the old hard drive had a vista partition on it

Total: $320.94

How's it look?


Aug 13, 2011

As was mentioned before, the 1155 series does not support the IDE drives. You will need to make sure that your old drives are all SATA compatible if you intend on reusing them.

I don't believe that you will be able to transfer the current windows installation to the new machine. I did an RMA exchange to a different version of the same model ASUS board and had to reinstall Win7 after several blue screen crashes. (P8Z68-M Pro to P8Z68-V PRO) Most likely you will need to find the install disk in order to get windows installed again.


Aug 1, 2011
Processor : Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz - $77.99
Motherboard : ASRock H61M-VS - $59.99
RAM : G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 1333 - $31.99
Hard Disk : Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm - $39.99
Optical Drive : LG DVD R/W - $18.99
PSU : Corsair CX430 V2 - $39.99
Case : Any Decent ATX Mid Tower - $30

Total : $300 after rebates

You got to be a mental patient to even think of getting a new monitor too in a $300 budget.



it all looks good, but whats with the low-resolution monitor? but yeah you will have to buy another copy of the OS if your replacing the mobo. the antec BP350 was a great PSU.