Another Office Build


Jun 1, 2008
Need two computers for a family member's office

1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
word processing and web browsing
2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
around 300-425 each including tax and ship, not including monitors
3) Where do you live?
6) Will you be overclocking?
yes, if the juice will be worth it
7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?
23.5 inch Viewsonic LED back and 21.5 inch LG LED back already on the way both 1080p
8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
within week and a half
9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? USB 3.0? SATA 6Gb/s? etc.
nothing special
10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? Is it 32bit or 64bit?
Already have 7 home premium 64 bit

Need em to last a long time and lower power consumption is better.

Already ordered two of this case $30

Already ordered one set of this ram CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) and considering combo deal with PSU for other set $40AR ; $70AR with psu included

Here's what I'm considering for the rest:

AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W $63

This mobo seems good but the nForce 630a is a little meh I seem to remember many horror stories. $51 Any mobo needs to be microATX due to case

Hardrive I was going to grab a 500gb single platter but I think a 64gb SSD might be worth it. $40-85

Any cheapo optical drive $10-15
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Ninja Editor SuperMod
Dec 15, 2005
Go for this CPU + mobo combo deal:
$100 - AMD Athlon II X2 245 CPU + Biostar A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI mATX Motherboard

Once you factor in shipping, this PSU and RAM setup is a far better choice:
$48 - Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W PSU
$40 - G.Skill F3-10600CL9D-4GBNS 2 x 2GB DDR3 1333 RAM
Total: $88 shipped.

That Antec is of significantly better quality than that POS Coolermaster PSU yet only costs $2 more once shipping is factored in. RAM wise, you really won't notice a difference between DDR3 1333 and DDR3 1600 RAM.

I recommend a regular hard drive:
$55 - Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive


Jun 1, 2008
Thanks going to roll with what you put nice finds. Yea I am much more comfortable with that psu. Still toying with the idea of a SSD though


Supreme [H]ardness
May 21, 2002
Thanks going to roll with what you put nice finds. Yea I am much more comfortable with that psu. Still toying with the idea of a SSD though

Actually, a good SSD in the 60-80GB size range costs well over $100. If you have less than $100 to spend on an SSD, you'll have to make serious compromises: In that range you'd get an SSD that's too small, too slow or too unreliable.