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June 11, 2010 12:36:05 AM

Hey guys, I am building a budget computer for a friend of mine. She doesn't game and she has had bad luck with laptops from dell. So I said I would try to look around and see if I can get a solid PC between the price range of $350-$450.

I have never really used onboard video, because I do play games and have always purchased a video card. I am trying to determine if onboard video would work fine for her as she just basically browses the internet, uses Word, and runs multiple windows and programs at one time. As I have been searching Newegg.com I've seen that onboard video seems to have gotten better over the years. I am unsure exactly how the onboard video gets it's memory whether its dedicated or pulled from the RAM. I am assuming it draws it from the RAM opposed to having dedicated memory on the motherboard. If it draws from the RAM I do not want to short her RAM if the onboard video will be using some of it. I figured 2gigs of 1066 would be more than enough for her running Windows 7 Pro 32-bit.

Below are the components I have been looking at. Feel free to provide feedback on the parts I have listed, and let me know if you think this will be a solid PC for the above usages of the system.

Motherboard - ASUS M4A785-M
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

RAM - Kingston HyperX 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 945 Deneb 3.0GHz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply - COOLER MASTER Elite 460W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HardDrive - Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 ST3160813AS 160GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

June 11, 2010 12:52:34 AM




SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S223C - OEM
Item #: N82E16827151192
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$21.99
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COOLER MASTER Elite 330 RC-330-KKN1-GP Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
Item #: N82E16811119115
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
-$5.00 Instant $44.99
$39.99
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3500418AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822148395
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$5.00 Instant $59.99
$54.99
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GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813128397
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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$89.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply
Item #: N82E16817139008
Return Policy: Standard Return Policy
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-$15.00 Instant
$20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
$64.99
$49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL7D-4GBRH
Item #: N82E16820231276
Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy
$109.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


AMD Athlon II X4 620 Propus 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor Model ADX620WFGIBOX
Item #: N82E16819103706
Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy
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$95.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Subtotal: $462.93

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