Recently, I have been bombarded with requests from many people to build them a sub-RM1.5k CPU (not including a monitor) for normal use. I have always told them that RM1.5k CPU is not only sufficient for normal use, but you can even watch 1080p videos and light gaming on it. Instead of repeating again and again, I decided to post up the components list to my blog in case I need to refer back. So below is my build of a sub-RM1.5k CPU that should last for 3 years if not 5, until it become obsolete. I referred the price from the pricelist from ViewNET (Google It) (correct at the time of writing), a computer shop based at LowYat Plaza (Google It) (Wikipedia). Their prices are among the cheapest but it’s not the reason I prefer them, it’s because their staff is the least sucky compared to all of the other shops in LowYat Plaza.

The components selected might not be the latest or the greatest available and have little to no upgrade capability, but rest-assured, it’s the best bang for bucks.

CPU – Intel® Pentium® Processor E6500RM234
Mobo – Gigabyte EP41-UD3LRM259
RAM – Kingston 2GB 800MHz DDR2 x2 – RM348
Display Card – Gigabyte GV-N220OC-1GIRM279
HDD – Western Digital 500GB SATARM139

All these amounts to RM1259, and with the reminder of the RM1.5k budget goes to your DVD drive, casing, power supply, keyboard and mouse of your choice. To fully utilize the computer computing capabilities, Windows 7 64-bits (Google It) is highly recommended.