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Please note, this list will constantly be updated. Builds will be removed, added, updated, and such as needed when new hardware is released and such on, so forth. This thread will have builds ranging from $60 USD up to $1300 USD. [spoiler=format] Name of build about the build: >$insert_parts; Augmentations (if any) [/spoiler] [B][SIZE=5]The Nano[/SIZE][/B] This is probably the cheapest desktop computing solution available in the world that can run Windows 10 RT, a bunch of Linux distros, and low-end games like Quake 3. Oh, plus emulators! This will absolutely destroy any console created before the PS2/XBox. [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kDG3vK]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/kDG3vK/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] [b]Other:[/b] Raspberry Pi 2.0 1GB 900Mhz Quad ($35.00) [b]Other:[/b] Windows 10 Pi Edition ($0.00) [b]Other:[/b] Raspberry Pi ARM Linux ($0.00) [b]Other:[/b] SanDisk 32 GB Extreme Memory Card for Raspberry Pi OS ($19.95) [b]Total:[/b] $54.95 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-03 13:55 EDT-0400[/i] [B][SIZE=5]The Micro[/SIZE][/B] The cheapest possible (yet still practical) desktop PC that money can buy. This isn't recommended as a main machine for anyone that requires computing power over that of a mainstream PC from 2006. The Media Lite will offer much more, but the Micro is a perfect fit for a young kid, web browsing, or someone who just needs a simple home server. Any lightweight Linux distro would be a great fit for this machine. The Micro offers enough resources and storage to run pre-PS2/Xbox emulators and indie-style games with low system requirements, i.e. pixel graphics/2D platformers, and should run Steam In-Home Streaming with no issues. [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f6tmHx]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/f6tmHx/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] [b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-sd3850jahmbox]AMD 3850 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor[/url] ($37.98 @ Newegg) [b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asrock-motherboard-am1bm]ASRock AM1B-M Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard[/url] ($28.98 @ Newegg) [b]Memory:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/kingston-memory-kvr16n11s84]Kingston 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory[/url] ($23.99 @ Newegg) [b]Storage:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2502abys]Western Digital RE3 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] [b]Case:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/thermaltake-case-vl80001w2z]Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($50.40 @ Newegg) [b]Power Supply:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/raidmax-power-supply-rx380k]Raidmax 380W ATX Power Supply[/url] ($23.98 @ Newegg) [b]Total:[/b] $165.33 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-03 14:01 EDT-0400[/i] Augmentations [LIST]Cases are subjective, you can look at any case you want! It's your machine, make it look the way you want. [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]A 1TB drive to replace the smaller HDD if you find yourself wanting/needing space[/url] [/LIST] [B][SIZE=5]The Media Lite[/SIZE][/B] Not only do custom PCs scale much larger than the average mass-market machines, but they also scale much smaller. The Media Lite makes a perfect "HTPC" (Home Theater PC) - it's perfect for first-time builders or youngsters who just want a light machine for emulating old games, work, education, gameserver hosting, Steam In-Home Streaming, web browsing, network server hosting or data storage, old games, and video playback. You will be able to upgrade this build quite a bit, particularly by adding a dedicated Graphics Card or upgrading the CPU (or both... see Augmentations below the build!). The AMD APU in this build utilizes similar technology to the APU's in the XBox One and PS4, albeit with fewer CPU cores and far fewer compute units/graphics cores. The graphical performance of this A4 Richland-series APU is estimated to be somewhere between the first-generation XBox and the XBox 360 (or PS2 -> PS3), so you'll probably want to add a dedicated graphics card if you want to play anything particularly graphics-intensive (beyond pixel-graphics, 2D platformers, or low-spec indie titles). If you do add a dedicated graphics card, however, you will quickly surpass last-gen (XB360/PS3) performance and close in on current gen consoles. [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nLmdYJ]PCPartPicker part list[/url] / [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nLmdYJ/by_merchant/]Price breakdown by merchant[/url] [b]CPU:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad6300okhlbox]AMD A4-6300 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor[/url] ($50.98 @ Newegg) [b]Motherboard:[/b] [url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-a68hme33]MSI A68HM-E33 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard[/url] [b]Memory:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f31333c9s4gns]G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory[/url] ($23.99 @ Newegg) [b]Storage:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd3200aajs]Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive[/url] [b]Case:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/xion-case-xon310bk]Xion XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case[/url] ($23.98 @ Newegg) [b]Power Supply:[/b] *[url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/lepa-power-supply-n350sb]LEPA MX-F1 350W ATX Power Supply[/url] ($33.98 @ Newegg) [b]Total:[/b] $132.93 [i]Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available[/i] [i]*Lowest price parts chosen from parametric criteria[/i] [i]Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-07-03 14:04 EDT-0400[/i] Augmentations [list]Cases are subjective, you can look at any case you want! It's your machine, make it look the way you want. [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/team-memory-ted38g1600c1101]8GB of RAM for greater multitasking capabilities, such as leaving 20 browser tabs open (Add ~$30)[/url] [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st1000dm003]Massive 1TB HDD to replace the existing 320GB HDD if you need more space (Add ~$25)[/url] [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/asus-video-card-r7260xoc2gd5]Dedicated Graphics Card to support current console-quality gaming (Add ~$100)[/url] [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/amd-cpu-ad860kxbjabox]Faster processor to replace existing one (Add ~$40)[/url] [*][url=http://pcpartpicker.com/part/a-data-internal-hard-drive-asp600s332gmc]32GB SSD to accompany existing HDD (Add ~$40)[/url] [/list] Will be updated later.
Processor: Intel i7-2600k Motherboard: MSI Z77A-G45 RAM: 16GB CORSAIR Vengeance (4x4gb) 1600 latency Video Card: MSI GTX 670 2GB Case: HAF X RC-942 PSU: CM Silent Pro Gold 80+ 1200w SSD: Plextor M3 Series 128GB HDD: SeaGate Barracuda 1TB (7200 RPM) Total Price: $1,646.90 P.S. The ideal budget for this build is $2,000, I've left room for peripherals, operating systems, and any games you wish you buy. [url=http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/PublicWishDetail.aspx?WishListNumber=17356291]Link to wishlist[/url]
Extreme Build Intel Core i7-2700k 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor Corsair H100 92.0 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler MOTHERBOARD: Gigabyte G1.Sniper2 G.Skill Ripjaws X + Turbulence II Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2200 Memory Western Digital Caviar Black 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive OCZ Vertex 3 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk HIS Radeon HD 6990 4GB Video Card Antec Twelve Hundred V3 ATX Full Tower Case Thermaltake 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply Pioneer BDR-206MBK Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer Medium Build Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor Corsair Hydro Series H60 74.4 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler Gigabyte GA-P67A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive EVGA GeForce GTX 580 1.5GB Video Card Cooler Master HAF 932 Advanced ATX Full Tower Case Thermaltake 850W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive Modest Build Intel Pentium G840 2.8GHz Dual-Core Processor Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3-B3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory Asus GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB Video Card Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case Cooler Master 400W ATX12V Power Supply