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Basic computing build for parents (Its under $250) please review and tell me if you would make any changes

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April 1, 2013 4:53:17 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: end of week

Budget Range: 300

System Usage from Most to Least Important: web browsing, youtube (Old people stuff lol)
Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: new everything

Do you need to buy OS: no =]

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: none

Location: nevada

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Your Monitor Resolution: not sure

Additional Comments: build for mom and dad, and then an identical one for grandma

parts:
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMHq
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMHq/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/NMHq/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Sempron 145 2.8GHz Single-Core Processor ($34.13 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.97 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $249.03
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 19:51 EDT-0400)

Would this build get the job done for super basic computing? I think it should do the job, just need second opinion.
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April 1, 2013 4:56:52 PM

Get at least a dual core CPU. They will be very frustrated wiht a single.
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April 1, 2013 4:59:45 PM

Novuake said:
Get at least a dual core CPU. They will be very frustrated wiht a single.


Which would you recommend?
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April 1, 2013 5:08:47 PM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-E33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($56.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: G.Skill 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($28.80 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $282.73
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-01 20:08 EDT-0400)
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April 1, 2013 5:12:59 PM

If I'm building one around that price range, I usually look for combo deals at frys/newegg/microcenter. The combo deals aren't listed on price picker, for example you can get a a4-5300 apu with msi board for $79 at fry's on special. way better cpu and about the same motherboard wise for about the same price.
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April 1, 2013 5:30:37 PM

jarnail24 said:
If I'm building one around that price range, I usually look for combo deals at frys/newegg/microcenter. The combo deals aren't listed on price picker, for example you can get a a4-5300 apu with msi board for $79 at fry's on special. way better cpu and about the same motherboard wise for about the same price.


would you choose AMD Athlon II X2 245 or a4-5300?
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April 1, 2013 5:38:29 PM

Realistically just about any dual-core processor would be great for an office computer. Doesn't really matter which. A faster clocked one would be better.
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April 1, 2013 5:43:16 PM

HulkSmash said:
jarnail24 said:
If I'm building one around that price range, I usually look for combo deals at frys/newegg/microcenter. The combo deals aren't listed on price picker, for example you can get a a4-5300 apu with msi board for $79 at fry's on special. way better cpu and about the same motherboard wise for about the same price.


would you choose AMD Athlon II X2 245 or a4-5300?



I would go with the a4-5300 just because of the integrated gpu
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