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November 15, 2013 7:00:25 AM

Hi, I am planning on building a very low budget build for my daughter. I have little knowledge of the low end CPU's so i dont know where to start.

I want to build a machine for light internet browsing, homework and Facebook. She plays Facebook games and Roblox and the odd internet game only.

I want the lowest cost CPU (Intel or AMD) but I do want the machine to run fairly smooth for the above things.

I will be installing 2 gig of ram with windows 7 home operating system (32bit), 500GB HDD (She will not need a lot of storage space), GPU to be decided as I have a couple of spares in a box (7900GTX and a 8400 GS i think). PSU also to be decided.

Any help on choosing the right low cost CPU would be great, thanks in advance for any help on this.

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November 15, 2013 7:04:12 AM

I'd have to recommend an AMD APU. Not too familiar with them, but it would be perfectly adequate for her needs and would save you the cost of a dedicated graphics card. Also cheaper than the intel offerings, I believe.
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November 15, 2013 7:13:28 AM

Thank you for the fast reply I will give the AMD APU's a look and see how much they cost.
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November 15, 2013 7:16:09 AM

JOOK-D said:
I'd have to recommend an AMD APU. Not too familiar with them, but it would be perfectly adequate for her needs and would save you the cost of a dedicated graphics card. Also cheaper than the intel offerings, I believe.


With the OP only using 2gb or ram, I wouldn't go APU. A 750k/760k and dedicated card would be a better choice. For dedicated card, I would get something a bit more modern than what you have lying around. Today's IGP is better than an 8400gs and the 7900gtx is kinda power hungry. I would look around on Ebay for something like a GT 240. Decent little cards that don't need external PSU connector. They generally sell for around $30 or so.
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November 15, 2013 7:22:01 AM

logainofhades said:
JOOK-D said:
I'd have to recommend an AMD APU. Not too familiar with them, but it would be perfectly adequate for her needs and would save you the cost of a dedicated graphics card. Also cheaper than the intel offerings, I believe.


With the OP only using 2gb or ram, I wouldn't go APU. A 750k/760k and dedicated card would be a better choice. For dedicated card, I would get something a bit more modern than what you have lying around. Today's IGP is better than an 8400gs and the 7900gtx is kinda power hungry. I would look around on Ebay for something like a GT 240. Decent little cards that don't need external PSU connector. They generally sell for around $30 or so.


The 2GB of RAM shouldn't matter if she is just doing facebook, or internet games. But I would still recommend bumping it up to 4, it will prevent windows from going to the disk as often, speeding up system access and responsiveness.
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November 15, 2013 7:24:43 AM

To be fair, I'd add in an extra 2GB of ram before anything. Lots of tabs and browser windows means lots of RAM usage.
Also, what is your CPU Budget, for every day use the difference between the AMD APU's and the Haswell i3s is huge when it comes to raw CPU performance, from loading times to the amount of stuff you can do at any one time. For that sort of thing you wouldn't even need a dedicated GPU, the i3's IGPU would be fine.
If you want to pop a dedicated spare in there to save yourself more cash and not skimp out on performance, look at grabbing a Athlon II 750K, they retail for between £50-£60 and have pretty decent performance. They are basically A10-6800K's without the IGPU and for half the price.
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November 15, 2013 7:27:39 AM

Intel g1620 is $43. It's a dual core 2.7ghz. http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Celeron-LGA-1155-Processor-...

Intel g3220 is $60. It's a dual core 3.0ghz. http://www.amazon.com/Intel-Pentium-Processor-G3220-BX8...

Any of these AMDs would be good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

AMD's A-series all have really powerful graphics. Most are probably better than those discrete video cards so you could leave them out to keep the build simplified.

I have to recommend at least 4GB of RAM, even with windows 7 32bit. Windows will run so much smoother with the 3.5GB of RAM a 4GB stick will have. The price difference between 2GB and 4GB is almost nothing.

I also recommend the SeaSonic SS-series power supplies in the 300w range.
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November 15, 2013 3:19:39 PM

Try and get a SeaSonic 300W~350W PSU as SeaSonic is known for making HQ PSUs.
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