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Build for my little sister.

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September 21, 2009 2:54:13 PM

So... my little sister's birthday is rolling around and she is tired of running a Socket A computer for the last 6 years after she saw how fast and how wonderfully my new computer build runs. :D ! So, being the good big sister that I am, I decided to help her pick out a build - I want to pick out something around that ranges from $300-400 unlike my $700 build :x

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Perhaps...this month? Next year? Budget: $300-400

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT:
Games (this will be discussed in a moment...), web browsing, multitasking, word processing

Parts Not Required:
Keyboard
Mouse
Speakers
Monitor (she is going to be using that same CRT monitor...until she feels to get a new one)
OS

Websites for Parts:
newegg... newegg newegg newegg. sorry. i love newegg.

Parts/Prefs:
AMD. Please please please please NO intel suggestions. I don't care if the man went to my college during his youth - I don't want intel >:o !

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 - I think?

Overclocking: Nope.
Crossfire: Nope (hey I didn't even go the SLI route ahahaha)

Parts I have already picked:
(this is going to be a microATX build - she doesn't have a lot of room for a Midtower build ;x)
Case:
Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Motherboard:
ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail -$95
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU:
AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail -$60 (ahaha)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(that CPU seems like a reallllly odd choice, but... I chose it for this reason - my sister has been on a SINGLE CORE AMD Sempron 3000+ @ 2.0Ghz on Socket A for the past 6 years. I think that is a huge setup for her, because she has been working fine on that processor for so long - I bought a AMD Phenom II x4 @ 945 and I have no bloody IDEA what to do with it. Too much power for too much money (futureproof though :x) - I don't want to make that mistake again x_x)

PSU:
CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail -$79 (!)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

(i was to get another 650W, but I got mine for $100; and newegg jacked up the price - I am thinking of getting a 550W to make it a weebit more futureproof.)

RAM
Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 - Retail - $74
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Maybe I can make this whoel thing cheaper. The planned OS is Vista x64 - but tbh.. IDK. Input please?

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September 21, 2009 3:05:47 PM

You never really explained the games part, is integrated graphics enough for her needs? You can pick up a 9600GT for around $30, which would be leaps and bounds better than integrated.

Other than that, those are all solid choices, the Corsair 450VX sounds like it will be plenty for her needs, you could probably even go with the Antec EA380, a very good PSU;

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... ($49.99)

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