Here's the parts I used for the budget build. FYI, the original cost was $249,00 but it seems like prices have gone up a bit (since a year ago). Now, don't be fooled! This rig is plenty fast! In fact, it boots into Win 8.1 in about 7 seconds flat and handles minor multitasking with ease! The best thing about it though is the fact that it is super quiet because it only needs the CPU (stock) fan. No other cooling fans are required. And, because the graphics are integrated into the CPU (Intel HD 2500), there is no heat coming from the peripherals either. Again, don't be fooled, the HD 2500 graphics are quite adequate for watching videos and they also work nicely when doing video editing too!
My Budget-Build Parts List
CPU: Intel Pentium G2020 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.97 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Value Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.89 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($21.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-02-10 18:41 EST-0500)
The above is just a guideline to demonstrate that you don't have to spend a ton of money to build a solid performer; however, this is not a rig for a hard-core gamer!
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