Quad-core barebones PC ... for under $400!
By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
May 7, 2010, 10:14am PDT
Wanna put together a barebones PC package featuring a quad-core processor for under $400? Read on!
Note: This is a barebones system, so thereís chassis, OS or peripherals included.
Letís see what goes into this package: Processor
Weíre working to a tight budget here, so we canít pick the fastest or the best CPU going (that would set us out $1,000 right from the start) but that doesnít mean that we canít get a really good CPU.
For this build Iíve gone for AMDís Athlon II X4 620
Propus 2.6GHz part. This is a quad-core part that fits into a Socket AM3 motherboard. It offers plenty of power spread across four cores at a decent price. Price
: $98 Motherboard
We need a cheap and cheerful motherboard for this build. Iíve chosen the Foxconn M61PMP-K AM3
board, not only because itís cheap, but because Iíve have good success with this board myself.
This motherboard doesnít offer much in the way of overclocking capability or advanced BIOS features, but for the price itís a cracking board. Itís a solid, reliable board that it easy to set up and should offer years of reliable service. Price