My brother has been thinking about getting a Vivo PC from Asus (costs roughly 600$ where we live), for movies and browsing.

I told him that he might be able to build a PC that is cheaper and more powerful, but I have little-to-no clue about which parts to pick.

Could someone give a few suggestions?

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Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type
Item
Price

CPU
Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor
$124.99 @ Newegg

Motherboard
MSI B85M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
$58.98 @ SuperBiiz

Memory
PNY XLR8 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$63.55 @ Amazon

Storage
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$58.44 @ Amazon

Video Card
Gigabyte Radeon R9 270 2GB Video Card
$189.99 @ NCIX US

Case
NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case
$29.99 @ Newegg

Power Supply
Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply
$59.99 @ Newegg

Total

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.
$585.93

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 10:00 EDT-0400

It depends if you need OS, peripherals, etc

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Wow, that PC looks sweet.

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This is challenging, because you're not really going to be able to build such a small form-factor PC with all the bells and whistles that the Asus has.

Here's something that's really small:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type
Item
Price

CPU
Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor
$106.23 @ Micro Center

Motherboard
Asus H81I-PLUS Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard
$76.79 @ Newegg

Memory
Kingston Blu 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory
$64.99 @ Newegg

Storage
Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
$73.48 @ SuperBiiz

Storage
Western Digital Scorpio Black 750GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$73.48 @ SuperBiiz

Case
Silverstone ML05B HTPC Case
$39.99 @ Newegg

Power Supply
Silverstone 300W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply
$55.98 @ Newegg

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)
$89.98 @ OutletPC

Total

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.
$580.92

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 11:48 EDT-0400

BUT: you still need a wifi adapter, the case can't be mounted on the back of the monitor (as far as I know), and it may not be that much more powerful. I think for that size it's worth going pre-built, especially if it's only for browsing/movies. You definitely won't need more than the integrated GPU for that.

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Do you have Intel NUCs available for cheaper?

Does form factor matter? You could easily take the build the other guy shared drop the GPU and switch the harddrive for SSD and it'll be pretty cheap.

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My pick for that price.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

Type
Item
Price

CPU
AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
$79.99 @ Amazon

Motherboard
MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard
$84.98 @ SuperBiiz

Memory
A-Data XPG V1.0 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory
$67.99 @ Newegg

Storage
Crucial M500 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk
$73.48 @ SuperBiiz

Storage
Seagate Barracuda 3TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive
$109.40 @ Amazon

Case
Cooler Master Elite 110 Mini ITX Tower Case
$49.99 @ Mwave

Power Supply
Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply
$19.99 @ Newegg

Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit)
$89.98 @ OutletPC

Total

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.
$575.80

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-03-29 18:03 EDT-0400

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