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Advice on first basic build to replace 12 yr old desktop

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June 6, 2010 2:43:14 AM

I have a cousin in Mexico who's desktop broke down a few weeks back. What surprised me the most is that it broke down after 12 yrs of service. They've informed us that computers in Mexico are pretty expensive as compared to them here in the U.S., so I've thought about building them one and shipping it to them. Now as the title says, this will be my first build and am on a college student budget but if it needs to go more I can work with that as well.

Approx. Purchase Date: End of June
Budget: <$300 w/o rebates
System usage: Internet surfing
Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
Preferred website for parts: Newegg.com, but I'll be using the InvisibleHand Firefox extension to find better deals
Parts preference: Dual-core processor, integrated graphics, DVD burner
Overclocking: No
Monitor Resolution: depends on monitor purchased but likely around 1280x1024
Additional Comments: won't wake the baby (i.e., keep it quiet)

I've looked at the How-To guides for building a PC here on this site, but I would still like to get confirmation if the parts listed below will work well together or if a part exchange would be more suitable. I went around Newegg.com and picked the cheapest parts with the best ratings.

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR A785G3 AM3 AMD 785G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864BA1339
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec Basiq BP430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V Version 2.2 Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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June 6, 2010 7:31:42 AM

$289, 80+ Bronze certified PSU for peace of mind 24/7 ops ^^
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June 16, 2010 1:51:13 AM

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