$400 Home / Work PC

This custom computer is an upgrade from the original $330 system. It has better CPU performance (six-core processor), more memory (8GB DDR3) and faster wireless adapter (300Mbps).

The extra $70 definitely brings a lot more than it takes.

We upgrade from the Quad-Core 965 Black Edition to Six-Core 1045T CPU. Even though Black Edition CPUs are unlocked and have some great potentials but not everyone cares about that. Many are willing not to sacrifice the lifespan of the unit for overclocking. Thus, we trade the 965 for 1045T to get a better multitasking experience.

The Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P motherboard is kept as it was because its integrated graphics still has a very good use for Home and Work PC build. Plus, this system double the capacity of memory to 8GB of DDR3-1333 set. It is a pair of 4GB each and it is the maximum amount this motherboard can handle. Nevertheless, I rarely know any type of document processing, internet browsing or those alike that can potentially eat up this entire amount of RAM. And for within this price range, this is the best you can get.

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AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70GHz AM3 ProcessorGigabyte AMD 760G + SB710 Chipset DDR3 1333 AM3+ Micro ATX Motherboard (GA-78LMT-S2P)Diablotek Legend ATX Mid Tower Computer Case (CPA-0390)
AMD Phenom II X6 1045T 2.70GHz AM3 Processor$129.99Gigabyte AMD 760G + SB710 Chipset DDR3 1333…$49.99Diablotek Legend ATX Mid Tower Computer Cas…$34.99
Western Digital 160 GB Caviar Blue SATA 7200 RPM 8 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive WD1600AAJSSamsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Internal Drive (Black), Bulk without SoftwareWireless PCI Network Card 300Mbps
Western Digital 160 GB Caviar Blue SATA 720…$54.99Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE 22X SATA DVDRW Intern…$19.74Wireless PCI Network Card 300Mbps$17.13
Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31 SATA, PCI-E Power Supply RS460-PSAR-J3-USCorsair 8 GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 240-pin Dual Channel DDR3 Memory Kit 8 Dual Channel Kit - CMV8GX3M2A1333C9
Cooler Master Elite 460W ATX +12V V2.31 SAT…$34.98Corsair 8 GB 1333mhz PC3-10666 240-pin Dual…$41.99

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