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Complete Newbie, Everyday PC, non-gaming, under $700

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February 26, 2010 4:55:17 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next couple of months

BUDGET RANGE: $400-$700 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet surfing, video streaming, photos, downloading music, no gaming whatsoever

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: none really except would like to use a monitor 21" or bigger with good resolution

OVERCLOCKING: No

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1680x1050 probably or 1920x1080 if I can spend less than $600 on the PC.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Dont need a good case just a simple basic one. I take quite a bit of photos for my restoration projects. I will be using Windows 7. Im wanting something fast and easily keeps up with my needs. Would like to be able to watch dvds and video streaming with ease. Will be typing papers, normal school stuff. I wont be playing any games or anything. Will be downloading some music as well, nothing major though. If I can spend less than $700 for something that will fit my needs thats great as well. I look forward to any builds you guys recommend. Thanks in advance.
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February 26, 2010 12:33:21 PM


Maybe 2 more GB RAM if u like ^^
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February 26, 2010 7:44:22 PM

Thanks alot, these are exactly the kind of builds I was looking for, if anyone has any others please let me know. I have some time before I make my purchase.
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February 26, 2010 7:57:35 PM

I like batuchka's build. I would just swap out the CPU + motherboard for this one:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $149.98 (AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz + Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H combo)

The extra $18 buys you a faster CPU and a higher quality motherboard.

You also won't want to run Windows 7 with 2GB of RAM. I would get this RAM.

G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL8D-4GBRM - Retail $108.99
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