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Want to build my own mini pc, but I'm a newb

by glowell / August 1, 2010 10:14 AM PDT

I want to build a micro tower desktop for under or up to $300.00

All I need it to do would be the following: Microsoft Office, E-mail, surf the web, listen to music, skype, But I can get a webcam on my own, aim, and stream videos. I do not care for that hdmi and hd stuff. Vga is fine for my purposes.

Is it possible to do that up to $350.00

If so...can someone please help me with the parts I need? Or should look at.

I only need a 160gb hard drive max. I don't have that many or plan on having that many files. I also have a portable hard drive for the matter. I just don't always wan't to use my laptop.

Also, idnc if its intel or amd nor do I care about the mother board and all that stuff. As long as I can do all that stuff smoothly I am happy. And also be a micro tower. I do prefer a micro tower case as I said before.

The monitor I can get on my own and a usb wireless network adapter as well. Also, I'd like usb 2.0 ports. Bluetooth is not necessary nor is firewire necessary.

If someone can give me a price quote for the hardware I would need to spend to make this possible, that be great.


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Why build?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 1, 2010 11:11 AM PDT

At walmart I picked up an emachines 250-1162 for 228 bucks a few months ago. Why build?

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Check around...
by Willy / August 1, 2010 10:18 PM PDT

I agree with Robert, you can find a decent system that will fit your needs if you keep an eye open for deals or specials/sales. Plus, even a used system or refurbish one from the likes of Dell and other makers offer online shopping to be the BOX only system sorta deal. While, I realize a budget is at stake here, many a user wants to upgrade sooner or later and in this light, you should consider building your own as you become familiar with it. However, a mini-system will be tight on space so choose carefully, as space can hinder you in cooling aspects besides the physical fitting. Alas, building your own means waiting for deals to arise and buy, as not always available what you like or require. AND!!! if you fall for buying the cheapest or low-cost devices, it could bite you as "cheap is cheap" and become stuck with those problems that arise. Yeah, you can build for $300, but more likely in the $400 for all new and I exclude the OS which is a cost as well, if win7 plus use of "used' items.

IMHO. you'll find quickly what $300 buys.

tada -----Willy Happy

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