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October 29, 2009 2:19:15 PM

This is my third build thread that I need help from the community with. First was an i7-920 for myself, next was a P2 X3 720 for a friend, and now I need help with an even cheaper system for my little sister.
My little sister just bought a house and has no computer. I thought a nice little budget build would be a cool house-warming gift from her techie big brother.

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: In the month of November

BUDGET RANGE: As cheap as possible say, >$600(US) (that $600 will need to include a monitor)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Very light computing by our standards. Email/Office/Browsing/Flash games

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: I need everything

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg works, also Ewiz

PARTS PREFERENCES: I gotta believe that an Athlon II X2 will be my best bet. *Maybe* a E5200 but I'd doubt it.

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: I need one, but I'm hoping for a nice 19" at 14x9

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Just the basics here folks. Honestly if I can't do this for cheaper than a Dell/HP I might just suck it up and sell-out. I know they can crank out cheap PC's on slim margins.



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October 29, 2009 2:36:56 PM

Maybe a netbook or low end laptop would be best suited to those uses?
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October 29, 2009 3:49:17 PM

Something I threw together real quick. Probably room for improvement.

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G
$90

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz
$60

RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Blackline 2GB
$50 (Could swap out for 4gb kit or find cheaper alternative)

PSU: PC Power & Cooling Silencer PPCS370X 370W
$40

HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB
$40

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
$31

Case: Antec Three Hundred
$52 (Could find one cheaper or quieter, just threw it in)

Total Before Monitor: ~$360.00

Monitor:
Hanns·G $115
Acer $120

Grand Total: ~$480.00

To reach $600.00 after keyboard and mouse you could upgrade the HDD or put in a 4gb ram kit. The above is a good starting point I hope at least. Also someone should double check for mistakes as I didn't really put all that much effort in.
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October 29, 2009 4:04:15 PM

CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $49.99 - $10.00 MIR

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
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GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $145.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-4GBNT - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $69.99

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
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SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25.99

Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built in Speakers - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $114.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $139.94 (OS + case combo)

Total - $601.88 - $10.00 MIR
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October 29, 2009 4:10:06 PM

Silly me forgetting to include an OS.

Shortstuff's looks great. Slightly different from mine with more ram, bigger hard drive, an OS(lol) and the processor I meant to include.
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October 29, 2009 6:30:16 PM

^ nicely done build by shortstuff.
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