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Double check this low-budget build and suggest a case

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:

PSU: Thermaltake TR2 430W - $24.99 _ free shipping

Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-M68M-S2P AM3/AM2+/AM2 - $44.99 + free shipping

GPU - none (onboard should do fine)

RAM - 2x1GB OCZ GOld DDR2-800 - $42.99 + free shipping

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200rpm - $54.99 + free shipping

CPU - AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz - $58.99 + free shipping

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Toliman 2.4GHz Socket AM2+ - $73.99 + free shipping

Total = $226.95 or $241.95

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.
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  2. tecmo34 said:
    I would go with this X3 for $1 more... AMD Athlon II X3 435 Rana 2.9GHz

    Case... COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP

    Now that's a definite no-brainer on the CPU. I didn't even notice that one.
  3. 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.
  4. Nice build for under $300 & it does always help when you already have the OS covered.
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