Budget PC Buying Guide
building a low cost PC
This PC will be used for the most basic of needs like surfing the net, watching movies, listening to music, office applications etc.
For this purpose, i will be selecting an AMD system. reasons will be explained later in the article.
Processor: AMD Athlon II 245
This processor belongs to the newer Athlon 2 series. It is based on the newer architecture, it is made by 45nm fabrication, which result in better performance and lower power consumption over the last generation. This Processor is clocked at 2.9Ghz, has 2MB of L2 cache and supports DDR 3 also. This can be got for $70 or lower.
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT
This board is based on AMD 785G. It boasts features like DDR3, PCI-E 2.0, HDMI among others. This board comes with onboard ATI 4200 GPU. This is the main reason i chose the AMD platform over a similarly priced Intel. Not only is this IGP faster than the intel G41, it also supports UVD 2 which means improved high definition accelerator. It also supports ATI Hybrid graphics, which is supported by ATI4650,ATI 4550 and ATI4350 cards. You can get this board for $90.
Memory(RAM) : Crucial 4GB DDR3 1333MHz
This memory reliable and cheap. You can grab one of these for about $75.
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB
This hard drive is good quality and comes at only $70. It spins at 7200rpm and the 640GB should provide ample space for you to store all your favorite music, movies,TV shows,pictures, etc.
Optical drive: Liteon 22X DVD Burner
This or any other branded optical drive will do. Bluray drives are a bit expensive still. This can be got for $23.
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5
This a decent looking case and has good ventilation. Come at a price of $50. Its a good deal. It features five external 5.25" drive bays, and one external and four internal 3.5" drive bays.It also has a 120mm rear fan and an 80mm front fan. This would provide good ventilation for the case.
Power Supply: Rosewill stalion RD450 450W PSU
It is of decent quality. It has a 6 pin PCI-E power connector too. It is enough for the system and even if you would add a mid rage graphics card later on, this should be sufficient. Its costs $40.
Total comes to about $420. But do remember that you still need a keyboard and a monitor.
This PC can be made even cheaper by choosing a 780G motherboard with DDR2 memory and by using a case that comes with a power supply.Have a look at this guide to make it even cheaper: