Prices of PC components are falling weekly, and $350 will buy you a lot more horsepower today that it would a few months ago. Let’s look at what sort of all-purpose barebones PC system you can put together for around $350 – we want a system that’ll be tough enough to handle Windows Vista and Windows 7 yet not cost the earth. Here’re the specs:
- Intel’s 2.5GHz E5200 (Wolfdale) dual-core CPU
- ASUS P5N-EM HDMI motherboard. This is a good quality board which features the NVIDIA GeForce 7100/nForce 630i, supports 4GB of RAM, PATA/SATA and SATA RAID hard drive connectors, HDMI, 4x USB and on-board audio.
- GPU: HIS Hightech H467QS512P Radeon HD 4670 features 320 stream processors, 512MB of GDDR3 memory, DirectX 10.1 support, and HDMI. It’s not exactly a 4870 but it delivers enough performance for anyone other than a hardcore gamer.
- 2x 1GB Crucial DDR2 800.
- Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 320GB
- SeaSonic SS-300ET 300W PSU.