So my mother has a 4-5 year old HP system with a failing hard drive, and odds are about 50-50 the PSU is going bad too. It's a slimline with a socket 479 Celeron, so replacing individual parts is going to be pretty useless. Instead, I'm probably going to just build a cheap AMD machine to replace it. Uses would be almost entirely word processing and Internet; no gaming.
Can you check this build out to make sure I am not missing anything:
Am undecided on the CPU because while a dual-core ought to be plenty, I figure, what the hell, for an extra $15, I might as well get a triple-core, and if I decide to use it for something else one day, the power will be there.
OK, ended up going with the Athlon II X3 Rana, and after reading more about the motherboard, switched to this one by ECS because apparently some people were having issues with the Gigabyte board with triple- and quad-cores.
So, total cost ended up being $264, with $28 in rebates.
Went to the local Fry's to see about cases, since that's one thing that's almost always $15+ in shipping if ordered online. Turned out they had an Antec 300 for $39.99. Recycling the optical drive from the dead machine rounds things out nicely.
So, looks like total finished cost for this build is going to be $276. Helps that I already have a copy of Windows, and that no video card is needed for the time being.