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Budget build, hard drive, os, ram not needed

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January 12, 2014 1:45:29 PM

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

Country: U.S.A

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

This is the ram that I would be using
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Currently, I'm looking at the a4-5300
http://www.amazon.com/AMD-A4-5300-3-4Ghz-Processor-AD53...

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

Computer case with power supply
http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-MicroATX-Computer-ATX12V...


Total comes to $145

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January 12, 2014 2:07:29 PM

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Aert
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Aert/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Aert/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($50.00 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A88M-HD+ Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Sentey CS1-1399 PLUS ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $215.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-12 17:07 EST-0500)
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January 12, 2014 2:09:39 PM

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.
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January 12, 2014 5:51:30 PM

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.
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