Mar 7, 2009
My Cousins want me to build them a PC, and they have a $1,200 budget. I'm gonna build it for free, but that 1k includes monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, media-reader, shipping, tax, etc. They have already picked out speakers, mouse, media reader, and keyboard which total up to $100, so the budget is $1100. But, due to shipping, tax, etc., we'll go with $950.

They are not gamers, but want a multi-purpose home PC. They want it to be quiet, energy-efficient, and plan to use it for movies (They want a nice monitor), surfing, MS Office, google earth, etc. But not gaming. I figure a 640GB HDD, Dual-Core build.


Here's what I got:

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341010 ($50)
Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146028 ($80)
Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128359 ($100)
OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 ($100)
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134596 ($60)
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136319 ($80)
Optical: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136153 ($25)
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115037 ($165)
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125247 ($100)
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001254 ($190)

TOTAL: $950, which sould be good. Plus TAX ~$75, Shipping ~$50, Other stuff: $100 = $1175, so I should be good there.

Oh yeah, their current PC has a single-core 1.8GHz, 64MB Onboard Vid, 80GB HDD, and they live alright that, so I imagine they'll be really impressed with this.
List the part names, it would help people help you.

I'd get a 24" monitor (if possible).

A HD 4670 card would be more suitable than a 9800GT for non-gamers. It consumes less than the 9800GT, makes less noise, and it's perfect for watching movies.

Get cheaper RAM, DDR2-800.

That PSU has a blue light, which is annoying when watching movies. Also, the same $130 for case/PSU buys you a quiet Antec Sonata with a 500W Earthwatts PSU.


I would switch out a few things on that build is all...otherwise it looks fine.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068 $49.99
COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 CAC-T05-UW Black Aluminum Bezel , SECC Chassis ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139003 $69.99 ($59.99 after $10.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115206 $119.99 Free Shipping*
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz 3MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125259 $74.99 ($44.99 after $30.00 Mail-In Rebate) Free Shipping*
GIGABYTE GV-N96GMC-512H GeForce 9600 GSO 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122 $43.99 Free Shipping*
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186020 $6.99
ARCTIC COOLING MX-2 Thermal Compound - Retail



Nov 24, 2008
ASUS P5N7A-VM LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300/nForce 730i HDMI Micro ATX You don't need dedicated GPU, nvidia onboard is more than enough for non gamers and its built to decode HD video using CUDA. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131348

Intel E7400, I think this only draws like 35W while rated for 65W, so its a good low power CPU.

ENERMAX MODU82+ 425W, 80 Bronze, Modular, very quiet $70 after MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817194031

2x2GB Corsaird XMS2 DDR2 800 $20 after MIR, Why pay more?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820145184

XIGMATEK HDT-RS1283 120mm CPU Cooler $33 after MIR
While you don't want to OC, it allows you run near silent while staying cooler than stock.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6835233012

CASE, OS, Monitor, what you picked out or what other suggest is all good.
When I saw that I was thinking like avem - a nice monitor - maybe one what can do 1080p, and a TV tuner to record TV programs off the cable (Or HD Digital over the air with an antenna) and watch them later.

SAMSUNG 2333SW High Glossy Black 23" 1920x1080 $250 after $20 rebate
Hauppauge WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual TV Tuner card $110

Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz $120
ASUS P5QL-CM G43 Micro ATX $90
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR2 800 HK Kit $42
WD Caviar Blue 640GB $75
LG 22x DVD Burner SATA $25
Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit $100

Antec NSK4480B Case 380W Earthwatts PSU $100

About $931 before $20 monitor rebate

I know the TV Tuner wasn't in your requirements list but it's like one of those "I could have had a V8" moments. Recording a TV program while you're away, or recording one while you're watching another. Nice option for a multi-purpose PC.