Build a computer with SSD for $199

Tiger Direct sets new low price point for an SSD equipped computer

ECS A780LM-M2 AMD DiabloTek Barebones Kit $199 limited time offer

This is the lowest priced computer kit we’ve seen. At $199 for a limited time, you get a $270 Athlon bare-bones computer kit! The price expires March 31st, 2012.
 
At that price it’s like getting the SSD for nothing.
It surprised me to learn recently that big companies like Microsoft and Amazon.com don’t buy computers anymore. They build their own computers and servers from kits and parts.
Most of the computers in the stores and from Dell contain parts and software that cost more and slow down the system.
It’s all in the coupons that accompany the kit. The memory and DVD drive coupons expire March 31st and the motherboard on April 12th, 2012.
What’s amazing about this kit is the 60 GB SSD drive which is a premium product. You’ll probably want to slap in a larger HDD.
For some reason the same kit costs $240 in the US.
 
The kit scores 3.9 from 846 Tiger Direct customers.
 
For more on how to build a computer kit and get a free operating system, see Build your own Intel i3 PC for $259

Full Spec
– ECS A780LM-M2 AMD DiabloTek Barebones Kit – ECS A780LM-M2 Board, AMD Athlon II X3 445 OEM, CPU Cooler, Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM, Patriot 64GB SSD, 22x DVDRW, DiabloTek Mid Tower Case, DiabloTek 400W PSU

GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 with HDD
GIGABYTE GA-M68MT-S2 $229
If the SSD drive doesn’t appeal to you, a standard HDD kit comes in at under $230. (in Canada)

This is a respectable Gigabyte motherboard and 500 GB hard drive.
Again the Windows 8 Consumer Preview operating system is fast and free.
Monitor, mouse and keyboard extra. It’s always handy to keep those peripherals from older computers. They come in handy for kit building or replacements.
For other kits we like, see  Build your own Intel i3 PC for $259
Usually low prices are restricted by date.  Exact part numbers are embedded in the links.
 
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network
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