Budget home build

BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of PropagandaOKC

Time for a new home system. I wanna go cheap. What's the best mATX build for under $500?

I'll re-use my optical drive. Onboard gfx is fine. I need mobo/ram/CPU/hard drive. I have a case and PSU that I think will work. Stock cooler is fine.

I want to use my dual monitors but I currently don't remember if they have DisplayPort support. I know they have DVI and HDMI.



  • primesuspectprimesuspect Beepin n' Boopin Detroit, MI

    Do you even still need an optical drive?

  • BuddyJBuddyJ Dept. of Propaganda OKC

    Yeah. The kids use it to watch their movies sometimes. I play CDs. And I'll use it when I install Windows. Like I said, I'll reuse my existing one.

  • RyderRyder Kalamazoo, Mi

    I didn't look through to see if they had mATX stuff, but Newegg is having a sale: http://promotions.newegg.com/nepro/17-4907/index.html

  • https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113404&cm_re=AMD_A10--19-113-404--Product

    Pair that with a little FM2+ board and you will be good to go.

  • For $350 you can go with a 525 GB SSD. I put one together on microcenter with an AsRock board that has HDMI, VGA, and DVI out on the board. 8 GB of DDR 3 in dual channel, most expensive part is the SSD.

    You could build around a SkyLake / Kabby Lake i3 on a budget. That is your only other decent option without spending for a graphics card and adding a little complexity to the build. I'd just get an A10, it's cheap and good like most of Icrontic. Kids will even be able to play some video games on it.

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