Building a computer for less that $500 that is able to run the latest Operating System and applications is a challenge. There is a delicate balance between cost and performance. Our goal is to build a computer for someone who wants to run Windows 7.
In addition, this computer is capable of running Microsoft Office and do some minor photo and video editing.
While this is not a gaming PC, the specifications make for a solid, capable machine.
This build does not include and Operating System (we recommend either Windows 7 Home or Windows 7 Premium). If you want to save money, you can install Ubuntu Linux, which is very similar to Windows. Ubuntu is free.
We also did not include a monitor, because most people already have a good monitor. A mouse and keyboard are personal decisions, so they are also not included.
This kit is for someone looking to build a budget computer that will last a few years without any issues.
Part List To Build A $500 Computer
Broadway Com Mini Tower ATX Case – $30.00
Caviar Blue $500 GB hard drive – $40.00
GIGABYTE GA-870A-UD3 AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard – $105.00
Broadway Com 600 W Power Supply – $29.00
2 GBs of Memory – $21.00
AMD Athlon II X4 640 Propus 3.0GHz CPU – $110
GIGABYTE GV-N450OC-1GI GeForce GTS 450 graphics card – $129.00
DVD Burner – $25.00
Total Price: $489.00
These prices were obtained from NewEgg.com.
There is a thread in our forums for those who want to submit their suggestions to build a computer for less than $1000 and one for those who want to build a computer for less than $500.