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New builder, advice needed on ~$330 basic build

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January 22, 2014 10:17:51 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital AV-GP 250GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Wireless Network Adapter: TRENDnet TEW-805UB 802.11a/b/g/n/ac USB 3.0 Wi-Fi Adapter ($39.99 @ B&H)
Case: HEC 6K28BB8F MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($48.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($50.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($27.97 @ Newegg)
Total: $380.88
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 13:05 EST-0500)


First time builder here.

I started doing research on how to build a computer a couple of days ago, and I've come up with this list. My parents have been complaining about their desktop recently, so I decided to take the opportunity to help them upgrade and get some experience in the process.

Just a couple of questions:

-The most important thing here is cost. I did a lot of hunting, and this seems like a fairly cheap build, but is there anything I'm missing? Perhaps another combo deal (I know the CPU and the ODD are one) I didn't find? Is there anywhere I could cut down further?

-Is everything compatible with everything else? I don't want to buy a part and find that it doesn't fit or something.

My parents don't really use their computer a lot, and I plan on using their old peripherals (monitor's still very good, and the keyboard and mouse were fairly recent purchases).

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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January 22, 2014 10:29:08 AM

Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.94 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: FSP Group 300W 80+ Certified Micro ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $342.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 13:28 EST-0500)

Much better CPU, which will help with what they're going for. Let me know what you think!
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January 22, 2014 1:35:44 PM

HiTechObsessed said:
Here you go.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($94.29 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($43.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.94 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: FSP Group 300W 80+ Certified Micro ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $342.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 13:28 EST-0500)

Much better CPU, which will help with what they're going for. Let me know what you think!


I think it's brilliant! I know that my parents probably won't be using that kind of CPU, but I'll probably purchase it for them nevertheless. I'll try to order them all from the same place (makes it easier to keep receipts and such), but this was very helpful!

EDIT: Here's the new list. I think I still want to stick with a cheaper processor, since it does save us almost $40. I don't think I've sacrificed too much performance, though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($50.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital RE3 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($47.94 @ Amazon)
Wireless Network Adapter: TP-Link TL-WN881ND 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: FSP Group 300W 80+ Certified Micro ATX Power Supply ($45.66 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ TigerDirect)
Total: $312.93
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-22 17:41 EST-0500)
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January 22, 2014 1:42:44 PM

Yeah, it'll just make everything a bit quicker lol and you can always drop the a little and save some more. And no problem :)  Glad I could help.
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