New System Question/Help

ok...Never done this before, but here goes!

I am looking to build a new system strickly for Internet surfing only (and possibly to run a very simple Excel spreadsheet). It would be used for web browsing, Internet banking and viewing videos, webcasts only. What would you suggest as far as the parts to purchase and what king of cost am I looking at? Any help/advise would be appreciated!!

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  1. Unless you're just interested in building a system, then a prebuilt one would be a cheaper choice, especially with operating system, warranty and support included in a pre built. Here's a refurbished prebuilt for $260
    New Acer for $384 with full warranty

    As for building it yourself. Here's a budget list of parts

    Operating system - Vista home premium 64 bit $100

    Case/ power supply combination- $60 Coolermaster w 350w psu

    Motherboard with integrated graphics - G31 Foxconn $42

    CPU - E5200 $83

    RAM - 2x1 GB DDR2 800 1.8v OCZ $17 after rebate

    Hard Drive - 320GB SATA Western Digital $60

    DVD/CD burner - LG SATA - $24

    About $400

    You could shave a bit off this by going AMD, but not much. You could also go a little higher and get a system that has a better path for future upgrades.
  2. I would change MB and CPU
    alot better graphics, HDMI, E-Sata, firewire, HD Audio

    GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor

    Cost add $14.00
  3. Yep good stuff there.

    Really, for that kind of thing you can pay $500.00 for a new budget laptop. Not only will you be able to do as you describe but you can take it to the coffee shop and when you go on the road ;)

    And a laptop will save you all sorts of money on power.

    Now, if you want the experience of building your own, then DM and knotnut have some good builds for you.
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