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February 4, 2010 12:18:35 AM

Hello,
I'm new here, but have been reading the site for awhile. I'm looking to build a low cost system for a frined of mine and looking for design ideas.
Primary purpose for the machine is websurfing/facebook...etc...won't be gaming. He has a cecently fast connection to internet...(I think his isp rates it 7mbs download). Primarlily...I want webpages to explode in his face...as cheap as possible.
Just building a tower...all other periphreals are already owened. Any advise would be welcomed

I am thinking a duel core with decent speed should accomplish this? Most likely an amd based system for cheapest components?

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February 4, 2010 12:26:29 AM

Look at something with:

Athlon II x2 250
2GB ddr3-1333
785G motherboard supporting ddr3
250GB samsung/western digital/seagate
Any midtower case fitting your budget
400w+ PSU from corsair, antec, seasonic, coolermaster

Will update with links soon

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAJS 320GB 7200 RPM 8MB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS M4A785T-M/CSM AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7/2G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LOGISYS Computer CS308RD Red / Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 480W Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Missed DVD drive, add in 25$ for that, plus possible 100 for OS
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February 4, 2010 12:34:31 AM

he said as CHEAP as possible,
Amd sempton 140=32
biostar 785g3=60 free ship
kingston value ram ddr3 2x1gb=54
harddrive=ask him
cheapest dvd burner = 23
rosewill matx case=30
rosewill green 430watt = 40
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February 4, 2010 12:50:22 AM

Wow...being new....didn't expect responses so fast....many thanks. I'll check your guys ideas....thank you very much!
cheap is better...and I think that he may be trying to write .....lika as in noob authoring...so maybe I need a bit more HD....but I thought maybe I would go fairly small, with option of a larger second (storage drive) once I saw how things were working for him.
Again...many thanks
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February 4, 2010 1:06:13 AM

No prob, at the very least get a athlon dual core, the sempton ubernoobie recommended, while cheaper, will extremely limit performance
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February 4, 2010 1:40:58 AM

I like ur idea basically P1n3apqlExpr3ss and seems it would be fairly balanced...one other question....I'm pretty sure he has no OS disk so Im wondering if I should goto Win7? (64 bit?) with maybe a bit more ram? I saw win7 cheaper than xp pro that I have built al my stuff with before ( I assume this is supply and demand type of thing).
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February 4, 2010 1:47:09 AM

Yea if you/he has the money go with a 4gb kit for around 100$ and get W7 64
XP pro they dont make discs for anymore, so prices have gone up alot
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February 4, 2010 2:19:28 AM

Thaks for the input...i think u helped my direction on this one :) 
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February 4, 2010 2:19:36 AM

Best answer selected by DonC23.
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