Well, my mom's laptop died (my family simply is too rough to own them) so I'm looking at building a cheap desktop for her. She's a teacher so it's main use will be for microsoft/libre office. For its usage, I think an amd apu would probably be the best bet. Linux will be installed temporarily until I get a copy of windows through college. For the computer case, I will prefer to keep it in a smaller form factor but it is not a large concern.
Approximate Purchase Date: today
Budget Range: $200 max, preferably $150
System Usage from Most to Least Important: basic usage, watch some 1080p content, no gaming
Parts Not Required: hard drive, os, ram
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: amazon for their prime shipping, then newegg
Parts Preferences: no preference
Overclocking: I would like to overclock the ram, nothing else
SLI or Crossfire: nope, only integrated graphics
Monitor Resolution: 720p, will occasionally be plugged into a 1080p hdtv
with cases try not to get one with power supplys. those units are ral cheap and can take out your pc rig. use a good power supply like cosair or seasonic or a seanoic clone to have your pc last a few years. use a fm2 plus mb amd new apu is a fm2 plus chip in a few years you can drop in a faster gpu if yu use the right mb. added a cd-rom did not know if you needed one.
I was thinking about getting an fm2+ motherboard but I really do not see the need. The likeness of this computer getting upgraded is next to nothing. Also, if a cpu upgrade is necessary, the current apu offerings for the fm2 slot is more than sufficient. I'm still reading into smaller enclosures if I can make a feasible build. Just seems those smaller form factor psu's get pretty pricey.