Is this build possible


Limp Gawd
Jul 2, 2006
1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc

Web browser, virutalbox, learning solidworks

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?

$500 but i dont think i can get a decent build with that low of a price

3) Where do you live?


4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. Please be very specific.

CPU, RAM, Mobo, Video card

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.

Antec 600-watt psu
Antec P182 case
Hards from work.

6) Will you be overclocking?


7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?

1 19' right now but will want to 2 - 22 monitors in the future

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?

As soon as i come up with the money

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? etc.

Raid for future ssd

10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license? If yes, what OS? 32bit or 64bit?

I can get windows 7 pro - 64bit from where i work.


[H]F Junkie
Jan 8, 2004
You could build a computer for under/around $500, but you'll have to make some compromises in certain areas.

Before I forget: Which model is the Antec PSU you plan on reusing? How long have you had it for? Which specific hard drives do you plan on (re-)using for this build?


Ninja Editor SuperMod
Dec 15, 2005
As soon as i come up with the money

And when will that be? 2 weeks from now? 2 months? 4 months? 1 year?

Oh and contrary to your thoughts, you can build a pretty decent system for $500 these days. Especially if you live near a Fry's or a Microcenter.


Fully [H]
Jul 17, 2006
Hm... assuming you're near a Fry's (and the combo is still in stock) and you don't need a new PSU...

$165 - AMD PhenomII X4 965 + GA-MA785GMT-UD2 @ Fry's
$105 - G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3-1600 F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL
$130 - ATI FirePro V3750 256MB 128-bit GDDR3
$55 - Samsung Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200RPM SATA300 16MB Buffer
$24 - Asus DVD±R DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X
$480 + tax and shipping