Building for my MOM, help with a simple PC for Photoshop & Browsing

Just want to build my mom a cheap PC for Photoshop, photo storage & internet browsing since she always complains that my dad hogs their main PC and won't let her on it. Oh yeah it needs a CD/DVD burner as well. Don't need a monitor. The cheaper the better; looking for about $300 max if possible. I've built gaming PCs for myself before so I can put it together once I have all the parts, but I really have no idea how to do this one without overkill. Thanks for your ideas!


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Photoshop, Photo Storage, DVD/CD burner, Internet Browsing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, possibly not GPU as I have a x1950 Pro laying around (PCI-e), if you think that's sufficient


PARTS PREFERENCES: Prefer Intel but not stubborn on it


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  1. If there's no gaming involved, then onboard video will do the job.

    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H combo $119.99

    A-DATA G series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $52.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache $49.99

    OCZ StealthXStream OCZ400SXS 400W $39.99

    Rosewill R218-P-BK Black 0.5mm SECC Steel $24.99

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner $30.99

    Grand Total = $318.94
  2. ^ +1...
    The above build is very good...If you want to save more money, then get 2GB instead of 4GB...
    Rest are good...But I would suggest this Case + PSU... A far better quality case with a high quality PSU...
    Antec NSK 4480 II Black & Silver 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case EarthWatts 380W Power Supply
  3. So far you have great suggestions and I agree.

    If you can spare a few more bucks, go with this case. It's super nice and will make your system feel more expensive than it is:

    and this power supply:

    I think we are assuming you have an operating system. Do you? That could be another 90 to 150 bucks. If you go 4gigs of ram you will need a 64 bit operating system which will cost on the higher end. 4gigs are better and would be utilized but you could probably go 32bit and 2 gigs and be fine.

    My 2¢
  4. Thanks for the suggestions guys. I already have a 64 bit OS so I will go with the 4 gigs, and I'll probably use the Antec 300 case since I've used it before and liked it a lot.
  5. Sounds like your good to go. ;)
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