Hello again fellow builders. I have a challenge of building the best possible low end system for my parents with a strict budget of $500. Basically, I convinced then to save $200 monthly towards this build and then build 2.5 months from now. Their current machine is a 2004 WinXP box that I'm getting *extremely* tired of having to deal with. Just for fun, here's what they currently have now:
- AMD Athlon XP 1600+
- Nvidia GeForce FX 5200
- 80GB IDE HDD
- 512MB of non-standard RAM that fails POST 1/3 times.
Here's the new list:http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1p69M
I'll be getting that cpu from Microcenter for $160.
I'll probably just buy the Noctua NH-L9i cooler myself as an X-MAS present to save them $47. They probably won't be convinced that spending this much money on a cpu cooler is worth it anyway but I'm thinking it's really needed for that case since the 4570 runs hot even at idle. I chose the Cooler Master Elite 120 basically for its portable HTPC size and relative cheapness.
I also have a spare 500GB sata II HDD and a blu-ray/dvd burner drive to throw in as well.
They already have peripherals, an "ok" 19" VGA tn monitor, soon will be getting a 42" LED tv, sound system with a receiver, and an extra copy (provided by me) of Win7 pro.
That brings the total to roughly $504. I could have saved more money by going with a more budgety B85
board, but knowing my parents won't probably upgrade for another 10 years, I figured it's probably best to get as much functionality now as possible. Using only 1 DIMM slot too, I'm hoping single channel RAM now will have to suffice. This gives them the ability to use it as a wireless HTPC with digital audio, the ability to stream perfect HD content, even play games using the integrated HD4600 graphics if they dared.
Now I ask, can you do better or even shave off $50 the price if it's not needed?