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June 13, 2013 1:25:20 PM

This is a replacement for an older couple. Typical use includes office, internet browsing, and occasionally low end (older) games. I maintain their system and usually would have no problem building a pc for them but I found a few pre-built deals.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I can build a system for around $420 with a g2020 including Windows license. I know I am including better quality components but for the same price they could have a higher power system.

I'm not sure which is the better way to go in this price range?

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June 13, 2013 1:28:52 PM

You are best served to build your own system or pay a computer shop to build it for you.
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June 13, 2013 1:38:02 PM

The Gateway with the i3 is interesting at $400. Add a 7750 to speed up graphics for streaming and web browsing and you have a nice system.
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June 13, 2013 1:42:31 PM

Goodeggray said:
The Gateway with the i3 is interesting at $400. Add a 7750 to speed up graphics for streaming and web browsing and you have a nice system.


That's where I am conflicted, I like building them a system since I can then take care of it easily, but will be looking at the g2020 or a6-5400k for processor and the others available step up performance quite a bit. If it was for myself the answer is clear but I know they will not be stressing the system much at all and it will probably be a great system for them for the next 10 years any way I go.

They are currently using my old college pc which is a early 2000's pentium dual core and it was a huge upgrade.
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June 13, 2013 2:04:56 PM

The problem with a new build if you need Win OS is there go $100 of your budget. So you only have $400 left for parts. Where do you live? You may have access to store with bundle savings. I recently built a system for my niece using a g1610 that I got with a MSI H61 mobo for $70.
I got a Corsair CX430 psu for $25 and 200r case for $30 and 4G of ram for $30 these can still be used if upgrading in the future. To give a fast responds I used a 128GB that I got for $80 that can also be used for upgrade and a dvd burner for $15. A 6450 gpu was added for $20.
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June 13, 2013 2:09:01 PM

You can also find refrub off lease computer for $200 with Win 7 installed that's a lot better than you old pc. Lots of choices out there. You just have to decide on a budget.
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June 13, 2013 2:24:50 PM

Goodeggray said:
The problem with a new build if you need Win OS is there go $100 of your budget. So you only have $400 left for parts. Where do you live? You may have access to store with bundle savings. I recently built a system for my niece using a g1610 that I got with a MSI H61 mobo for $70.
I got a Corsair CX430 psu for $25 and 200r case for $30 and 4G of ram for $30 these can still be used if upgrading in the future. To give a fast responds I used a 128GB that I got for $80 that can also be used for upgrade and a dvd burner for $15. A 6450 gpu was added for $20.


I live about an hour away from a Micro Center (Columbus, OH) and usually buy the CPU there due to the awesome prices and that's where I found the G2020 for $50. The problem is there other components are usually more expensive and they don't have many bundles unless you are looking for higher end components.
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June 13, 2013 2:43:39 PM

Microcenter has the AMD A6-6400k with a gigabyte GA-F2A55M matx mobo for $105. This is a good base for your build. The cpu part of the A6 is equal to the 2020 but the build in graphics is much better. Microcenter also offer a $10 discount on ram when purchase with the combo. Newegg has the best sales on cases and psu most have free shipping and no sales tax in OH maybe. Newegg haves a Raidmax tornado case that's well reviewed for $15 after $20 mir.
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June 13, 2013 2:53:12 PM

Tigerdirect has a Antec basiq bp350 psu for 30.29. It's made by a decent oem.



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June 13, 2013 4:02:06 PM

That build would well for them. Two suggestions Newegg has a 1TB seagate hhd for $60 and free shipping and check out the prices on the Raidmax cases at newegg. Better buys than Rosewill.
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