$300-$400 Home Office PC

After helping my Mom through with the old 7-8 years old computer we have sitting in our home office and the agonizing slowness it processed through things, I want to give my parents an early Christmas present to replace that old prefabricated clunker we have and replace it with a new computer that would be easier to upgrade later on.

Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: this week

Budget Range: $300-400 (The lower the better naturally, but will to spend up to $400 if need be.)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Browsing the Internet, word documents and PDFs, light gaming

Are you buying a monitor:No

Parts to Upgrade: Case, CPU, MOBO, RAM, Harddrive, DVD/CD player, (Graphics card?)

Reusing: OCZ StealthXStream PSU 500w

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Location: USA, California

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: None in particular, although the AMD APU looks interesting to say the least.


SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: The cheaper the better

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Computer is old.
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    Here's my recommendation for you :

    PCPartPicker part list:
    Price breakdown by merchant:

    CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($61.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($43.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($26.99 @ Microcenter)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.88 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $387.81
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-09-05 01:27 EDT-0400)
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