Thursday, November 22, 2012

Nov 2012 - $300 Office

Description: The $300 office PC entry is an upgrade from the entry-level $200 nettop. You get an upgraded CPU, upgraded storage, and more expansion options. Unfortunately, the mini-ITX tower, while not huge, is still larger than the $200 nettop build, so you will have to take this into consideration. Otherwise, this is a respectable CPU capable of every mundane task you can think of for a computer, and then some. A Seagate hybrid SSD+HDD drive provides faster and plentiful storage for this machine.

Cost Breakdown
Subtotal MIRs Total

Individual Parts
CPU Intel G540 $50 --- Newegg
Hard Drive Seagate Momentus XT 750GB $130 --- Newegg

Type Part Part Price MIR Link
Case + Power Supply HEC ITX200B Integrated PSU $50 --- Newegg
Motherboard + RAM ECS H61H2-I3 Crucial 4GB DDR3 1600MHz $61 $15 Newegg


This build came in a little under budget. If you can spare it, it any of the upgrades below would be a good investment.

SSD: Replace the hybrid drive with a medium-capacity SSD.
Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Sandisk Extreme 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Intel 330 120GB $100 --- Amazon
Intel 330 180GB $100 --- Newegg

CPU: Upgrade the CPU to a faster Pentium series.
Intel Pentium G630 $65 --- Newegg
Intel Pentium G860 $75 --- Newegg

ODD: Invest in an external USB optical disk drive.
ASUS USB 2.0 DVD-Burner $30 $5 Newegg

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