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Windows 7: Quad-core barebones PC ... for under $400!

07 May 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
Quad-core barebones PC ... for under $400!

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:


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


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: $44
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