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July 18, 2010 6:34:47 AM

hi there trying to make a budget build to make in a month or so for the mother in law ....was looking at spending as little as possible but still having a pc thats fast (word processing and web mostly) and using decent parts (so i dont have to go fix it every other week lol)
she wants it to cost as close as it can to £300 but needs mouse keyboard monitor and win 7 .......so i designed......

AMD Athlon II X2 240, Regor Core, Socket AM3, 2.8GHz, 2MB L2 Cache, 65W, Retail
£45
Gigabyte GA-MA78LMT-S2, AMD 760G, AM3, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR3 1066/1333, SATA 3Gb/s RAID, MATX, VGA
£47
Crucial 2GB 2x1GB DDR3-1066 CL7
£52
Antec Basiq Power 350W ATX 12V PSU
£29
Asus TM-B11 Black Micro ATX Tower Case No PSU
£22
160GB Hitachi 0A39261, Deskstar 7K1000.C, 3.5" HDD, SATA 3Gb/s, 7200rpm, 8MB Cache,
£28
15" Arianet TFT Monitor
£65
Arianet 2.4Ghz Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Desktop Set
£16
win7
£90
dvd drive
£15
total £410

its obviously well over budget already so didnt want any recomondations that will make it cost more
but any recomendations on different slightly cheaper builds or parts that u would change

thanks for any answers

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July 18, 2010 6:51:02 AM

Instead of 2x1GB, get 1x2GB so you can expand to 4 GB whenever word processing requires 4 GBs.
July 18, 2010 6:51:02 AM

Do you guys have a dell over there? $299 and comes with win7 and tech support. Can't be beat for cheap basic builds.
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July 18, 2010 6:59:02 AM

Do you guys have a dell over there? $299 and comes with win7 and tech support. Can't be beat for cheap basic builds.
July 18, 2010 1:24:15 PM

4745454b said:
Do you guys have a dell over there? $299 and comes with win7 and tech support. Can't be beat for cheap basic builds.


probably but didnt realy want anything premade as they use cheap un reliable components
July 18, 2010 2:17:15 PM

Its reliable enough. I've seen some way older dells that are coming up on 10years old that still work. The point I'd like to make is that if you are looking for the very cheap, with a legit copy of windows, the $299 Dells are hard to beat.
July 18, 2010 2:18:58 PM

i wouldnt get dell if i where you they arent very realiable but they are cheap get what you pay for
July 18, 2010 4:08:16 PM

Does she have to use Win 7? If it's just for word processing and internet browsing how about one of the friendlier distro's of linux like ubuntu? My father-in-law was in a similar situation and that's what he went with. He's quite happy with it, you'll just have to set everything up for her. You'll also be less likely to need to remove viruses from her computer later.
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