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July 23, 2013 6:39:55 PM

Brother has an auto body shop he's going to be needing a computer for. Says it's mainly going to be for basic use as well as for car diagnosis and wants to spend $300, trying to stay as close to the 300 mark as much as possible.

So here's what I have for his complete build, just wondering what you guys think of it and if there needs any changes?

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.03 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Xion XON-720P_BK MicroATX Slim Case w/300W Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $263.98
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 21:38 EDT-0400)

Then... I was thinking, it's a auto body shop and I'm sure he wouldn't want to wait for this pc to boot up so I was thinking replace the hd with an ssd?
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Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($93.99 @ Adorama)
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Total: $303.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-23 21:39 EDT-0400)


Also forgot to mention that the build would be purchased within the week or next week at the latest.
July 23, 2013 6:54:25 PM

For what he needs 8GB of ram is way more than what is needed. 4 GB would be best.Trust me I'm a tech/mechanic, been trained as an auto mechanic scene high school, a shop PC only needs basic operating equivalent to perform properly for the tasks given. The only Way it will need more is IF he does custom fabrication with CAD help.
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July 23, 2013 7:13:23 PM

Avoid built in power supplies, they can and will kill it.
http://www.eggxpert.com/forums/thread/323050.aspx
Only get the ones from tiers 1, 2, or 3.
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July 24, 2013 12:16:32 AM

Took the advice and went ahead and grabbed a diff chassis and got a seperate PSU. Rosewill Capstone. Also switched out the 8GB module and replaced it with 2x2GB .Will be ordering this week.


CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer V196HQLAb 60Hz 18.5" Monitor ($82.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $382.92
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-24 03:15 EDT-0400)

Thanks for the advice!
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July 24, 2013 12:37:08 AM

I don't see anything about an OS, unless you're going to run Linux, that's another $80 or so if you don't have it.at that price point you're better off buying an OEM PC and getting better parts for cheaper because they're subsidized by all the preloaded crap.
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