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Build Your Own Computer - Hardware List

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Component Where to Buy Description Comments
CPU Amazon.com
$89.99
AMD AD631XWNGXBOX Athlon II X4 631 Processor - Quad Core, 4MB L2 Cache, 2.60 GHz, Socket FM1, 100W, Fan, Retail This is a retail version (i.e., shipped in a box with heatsink/fan included)... very convenient for an experienced or first-time bargain pc builder.
Motherboard Amazon.com
$102.99
ASUS F1A75-V PRO AMD A Series Motherboard - ATX, Socket FM1, AMD A75 Chipset, 1866MHz DDR3, SATA 6.0 Gb/s, RAID, 8-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, SuperSpeed USB 3.0, AMD Dual Graphics Ready This board a great buy and will allow you to upgrade your system later on. It has many features that you may not expect to find for a cheap pc motherboard. It has on-board audio, video, plenty of USB ports. It's also CrossFire capable!
Memory Newegg.com
$41.99
Crucial 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory This package gives you two 2GB memory chips - total 4GB. You may find the same size memory in a cheaper brand, but you DON'T want to go cheap (even on a cheap computer!) when it comes to RAM.
Computer Case Amazon
$64.24
Cooler Master Elite 350 RC350-KKR500 500W Power Supply Mid Tower Case (Black) There's a decent amount of expansion room here for upgrading your custom-built, cheap PC. The case also includes 500-watt power supply, and plenty of USB ports.
Hard Drive TigerDirect
$79.99
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Western Digital WD5000AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200RPM, 16MB Nice drive! Fast, quiet, and 500GB... Great buy for a bargain PC!
CD/DVD TigerDirect
$27.99
HP HPDVD1260I Multiformat DVD/CD Writer - SATA (Retail "Boxed" Version) This drive pretty much does it all. Just about every CD and DVD format is supported.
Floppy Drive/ Card Reader TigerDirect
$9.99
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Sabrent CRW-UINB 7-Slot USB 2.0 Internal Memory Card Reader & Writer - Aluminum, SDHC/SDXC/M2, USB 2.0, Black, 3.5", Self Powered, SDHC, MicroSD Support Multi-format media card reader. Accepts most common types of media cards.
Keyboard TigerDirect
$15.99
Microsoft ANB-00001 Wired Keyboard 600 - USB, Black A basic but functional keyboard at a bargain price.
Mouse $13.99
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Microsoft Basic Optical USB Mouse A basic optical USB mouse. Good quality and affordable.
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Build Your Own Computer - Software List

Component Where to Buy Description Comments
Operating System Amazon.com
$161.66
Microsoft Windows 7 Choose the version of Windows best suited for your needs. For most, Windows 7 Home Premium is a good choice. When you shop for your copy of Windows, you may be confused by the options. If you have an existing copy of Windows (say Windows XP or Vista) and you have the original media (CD/DVD), you can purchase an Upgrade version of Windows 7 for significantly less. But remember, if you don't have the old discs, or if you're not installing over an old version, it wont work! You can also buy the cheaper OEM (System Builder) version of Windows, but the license will not allow you to move it to new hardware if you upgrade at any time in the future! So, buying the full retail version may work out better for you in the long run.
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Up to 2GB FREE!
Don't skimp on backing up your new PC. You can lose everything in a flash--through no fault of your own. Protect yourself--it is well worth the money. It can cost THOUSANDS of dollars to recover data from a damaged hard drive if you don't have a good backup!
Anti-Virus Software Kaspersky Labs
FREE 30 day trial!
Kaspersky Labs
If you're going to build your own computer, you'll need to protect it. You've heard about what kind of damage that viruses, malware, and trojans can do to your computer. Be sure to protect yourself. Kaspersky Labs has been in the business for quite a while, and in my experience as an enterprise-level systems administrator, I've come to depend on Kaspersky's services--They're usually the first ones on the block to update their virus definitions in response to a newly discovered threats!
Full Internet Security Amazon.com
$25.90
Norton Internet Security 2012 Internet Security Suites combine Antivirus, Malware, and other protective services in one package. Norton Internet Security 2012 also includes a Firewall for additional protection.