Looking for help on purchasing parts for a computer

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    Hi i am looking to purchase parts to build a computer. I am fairly confident i know how to build one i built a few before so i know the basics. I am looking for help finding parts for a computer. My price Range is 250-400. I am looking to watch movies and mostly that type of stuff so a big hdd is a must. I am also planning to do a little low end gaming on it like playing a few older games like stronghold and that type of stuff i am not looking to play high end games on it. The site i am willing to buy from is newegg or any other one that you guys have. But mostly newegg so if you can find the parts on there i would appreciate it. Also i would do it myself but i know low end technical stuff and i am stuck on a really slow internet (Dial Up) so finding the parts i need is a pain to do. Also thanks for your help.
     
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    Hmm I recommend as a hdd: 2x samsung spinpoint F3 7200 rpm 1TB in raid 0.
    I have it and I like it, it's fast and has alot of capacity.
    As for processor etc I think i3 with a suitable cheap motherboard.
    Maybe you should just buy a i5 laptop and put a good hdd in it, but the price is gonna be higher though.
     
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    Well i already have a laptop you see but i am getting fed up with it because things keep failing and i have to keep sending it in which is why i am looking for a desktop.
     
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    $250-400? That's like the lowest a budget computer can get.

    PC parts buyers guide:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Okay thanks to the small guide originality posted i found a decent computer for me. Here it is


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    Cables To Go 96 " Standard Power Cord Model 29928
    Item #: N82E16812196489
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $9.99
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    LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
    Item #: N82E16827106289
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $17.99
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    Thermaltake V4 Black Edition Gaming Chassis Mid Tower Steel Computer Case Fully Black Powdered Interior VM30001W2Z
    Item #: N82E16811133179
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
    $49.99
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    MSI 870-G45 AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #: N82E16813130290
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$5.00 Instant

    $74.99
    $69.99
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    GIGABYTE GV-N450-1GI GeForce GTS 450 (Fermi) 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    Item #: N82E16814125342
    Return Policy: VGA Standard Return Policy -$10.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card

    $129.99
    $119.99
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    Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power ...
    Item #: N82E16817371033
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy -$15.00 Instant

    $59.99
    $44.99
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    Arctic Silver Ceramique Thermal Compound - OEM
    Item #: N82E16835100009
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    $5.49
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    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
    Item #: N82E16820220537
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
    $39.99
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    AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision HDZ555WFGMBOX
    Item #: N82E16819103846
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
     
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    Build a hackintosh. It's worth it.
     
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    I would except one problem i don't like mac all that well tried it once before and well lets say i didn't like it.
     
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    hmm, well if you feel that way. Build off of AMD and ATi, they are usually the best bang for the buck. Nuff' said.
     
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    Newsflash, ATi no longer exist. Even the graphics drivers label them AMD graphics card now.

    Anyway, my one recommendation for the selection of parts is get a slightly stronger power supply (like, 500W). The more load a PSU takes, the more stress it takes and the quicker it wears out. If you take a 500W PSU, even if you're only using 280W, it'll last about twice as long. Plus it gives you the option of upgrading the graphics in the future without having to replace the PSU at the same time. Plus, it's only slightly more expensive to get an Antec 520W PSU.

    Also, do you really need to buy a power cord? I would think that all branded PSUs come with their own.
     
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    well i read the page on the power supply and it said because it would affect the enviroment it doesnt include a power cable. I will look into the other one.
     
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    Interesting wording - "it would affect the environment"... it makes it sound like it's going to cause global warming rather than be as efficient as possible to prevent it. I assume you meant to say the ECO PSUs are 80+% efficient so not so much energy is wasted and that helps preserve the environment.
     
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    I don't think he'll want 2 drives, with each having 2x the chance for failure, so 8x the chance of catastophic failure.

    2 drives x twice failure rate x if one drive fails all the data is inaccessible = 8x
     
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    This is what it says No power cord included. By reusing your existing cord, you can reduce waste and help protect the environment. But being as this is the first desktop i have built in a while i don't have a power card to reuse.
     
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    Makes sense. Sounds like a good policy on their part.
     
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    Yes that's true and I hear from everywhere 'yea raid 0 sucks cus your hdd will die after 2 days' (or something like that) but it's not that bad right? My hard drive's never died on me. Nor the hdd's of anyone I know.
     

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