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    How to build a Computer under $350 - Complete Guide

    When building a computer from start and people think a lot on the budget as they donít want to spend whole lot of money over it. Computer is usually bought for many reasons like for gaming, video editing, music creation, office work, learning animation, photo editing, software development etc. There are many reasons why a person would like to get a Personal Computer for their home or a second one for their bedroom.

    Here we will see how to build a computer under a budget of $350. There are basically lots of options when buying a computer but it isnít necessary to buy a cheap one or to get an expensive one. You should know your need first, if its for gaming or video editing it will be a strong and costly rig. If its for office work and photo editing and just for surfing internet or for entertainment you could get a low cost PC within $400.

    But we are not debating over the kind of PC you want to build. We are talking about how to build a good PC within a certain budget that could be capable of running all the basic apps and could run atleast 1080p movies easily. But we should build this PC buy keeping bottlenecks in mind. After configuring this computer you can also upgrade your components to a better one in future.

    First letís talk about what exact components do you need to build a PC.

    • Monitor
    • Motherboard
    • Processor
    • Hard Disk Drive
    • RAM
    • Power Supply Unit
    • Computer Case
    • DVD Writer and
    • Keyboard + Mouse

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    Re: How to build a Computer under $350 - Complete Guide

    These are the things you need to buy first when starting with a new PC. So lets start with shopping for the components. We will buy all the products from newegg.com for easy access and shipment near your place. This build is probably under $350 and we are going to buy the computer components accordingly.

    Monitor: Acer G196HQLb Black LCD Monitor

    The reason for choosing this monitor is that, it is from Acer which gives great color reproduction and comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. For connection there is a D-Sub port.

    Price: $79.99

    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H81M-H Motherboard

    We chose Gigabyte because the computer enthusiasts always trust Gigabyte for building their computers and this is the H81 board which is good for future upgrades.

    Price: $48.99


    Processor: Intel Pentium G3220 Processor

    It is always important to check whether what processor you are buying. There is been a war and many debates between AMD and Intelís but users will always prefer what they want. Intel Pentium G3220 is a 4th gen Haswell based processor and is great for everyday use. It is 3.0 GHz Dual-core which is going to provide enough power for your day to day use.

    Price: $59.99


    Hard Disk Drive: Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB HDD

    Seagate barracuda are good hard drives for budget builds. It gives you 7200Rpm for fast data read and writes. It is 500GB as for start this memory will be enough and when you would like to upgrade, you can put a 1TB if you like.

    Price: $54.99

    RAM: G.SkillNS 2GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333 MHz

    Again for the point of upgrading, you can add upto 16GB RAM in future as our motherboard supports it. For now G.Skill 2GB will be enough, in future you know what to do.

    Price: $25.99

    Power Supply Unit: Rosewill RV350 350W Power Supply

    It is a good choice for standard use and this power supply is also Haswell ready that means it will support the 4th gen Processor.

    Price: $19.99

    DVD Writer: LG DVD Writer SATA

    Nobody uses a DVD now, but still you will require it for installing Microsoftís Windows or any other driver CD on your PC.

    Price: $17.99

    Computer Case: Compucase Voyager

    Mid Tower Computer Case is good for price and it is a strong case for proper cooling.

    Price: $24.99

    Keyboard and Mice:

    Logitech USB Keyboard and Mice are good choice for standard office work and typing. Both supports USB so you can just plug both and get start using it.

    Price: $14.99

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    Re: How to build a Computer under $350 - Complete Guide

    After all these components from newegg, it is going to cost us about $348 and we have successfully completed the built with all the components. And thanks to Newegg.com for keeping those products in their stocks. So here you have your Personal computer build under $350. You can buy the Microsoftís Windows 8.1 which will cost you about $99.99 from newegg.com again. Happy building your new rig and if you have any question or queries you can leave the comments. All the best.

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