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Budget Computer for under $500

gerblekiller
  • 56 months ago

I'm looking to create a budget computer under $500 dollar. Like a workstation for the office. I'm not expecting much gaming to come off it so it doesn't need a dedicated graphic card.

Thanks!!

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  • 56 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $98.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard $56.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 950 2GB Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 Video Card $129.99 @ Newegg
Case Corsair SPEC-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $509.63
Mail-in rebates -$20.00
Total $489.63
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 12:59 EDT-0400

There you go :)

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $57.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $41.99 @ Amazon
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $45.89 @ OutletPC
Case Rosewill SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $32.99 @ Amazon
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer $17.89 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 OEM (64-bit) $92.99 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $504.52
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 13:09 EDT-0400

Few dollars over but top notch office system and the onboard graphics can play non demanding games. Add a decent gpu down the road for under $200 and have a great mid/high performer.

Also you didn't specify if you need operating system or a disk drive so I always default and put them in.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

pcpartpicker here it is this is actually a capable gaming machine with an i5 4460 quad core I fit in a 2tb hard drive and a 750 ti for gaming. The pc can't overclock on the couch but it's already a good speed.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

I'm living in Canada so... I meant to say $500 bucks CAD dollar. But thanks though. You've given me great insight on the parts needed.

Here's my preliminary part list.
http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2wc96h

Let me know if there's any changes I should make. Will Intel G3258 be a good cpu as a work station? Cause that'll dramatically lower my cost.

Thanks

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok change the psu immediately because it's one of the worst possible. Also I would recommend you keep the 4460 as quad core will benefit you a lot in speed of what your doing.

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor $109.74 @ DirectCanada
Motherboard MSI A68HI AC Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $116.98 @ Newegg Canada
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $57.47 @ Amazon Canada
Storage A-Data Premier SP550 480GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $184.97 @ NCIX
Case Antec ISK 300-150 Mini ITX Desktop Case w/150W Power Supply $97.63 @ DirectCanada
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $566.79
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-10-18 23:58 EDT-0400
  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

At this point... I'm thinking whether or not just get a pre-build machine instead. Don't see a lot of savings from building myself...

  • 56 months ago
  • 1 point

Building is never about saving. Anyone who claims this to be the case is confused. Building is about having the opportunity to discriminate on component quality and configuration to suit your needs, as well as simply to do something creative and geeky for the sake of it. While it is possible to save money on a specification vs specification basis vs pre-built machines, the "savings" are muddled by the fact that you have to build it, set it up, configure it, install the OS, and then effectively provide your own diagnostics when things don't work. The "cost" of building is your time and expertise. If your time is worth even minimum wage on all this, you'll find that building really does not "save."

Having said that, most pre-builts come with an OS install that is ultra gunked up with crapware, and will often need a fresh clean OS install to be a useful computer anyway. This can take several hours.

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