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Need budget PC for Dad ($300)

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August 18, 2010 11:12:11 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: preferably tomorrow

BUDGET RANGE: less than $325, preferably around 275-300

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing internet, ms office, doing stuff with photos (mostly viewing, not fancy photoshop editing, probably cropping type stuff)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS,

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: (but open to others if better?)


PARTS PREFERENCES: cheap and reliable



MONITOR RESOLUTION: not sure, probably 1024x768 or 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: My dad lives 3 hours away, so I'm hoping for reliable parts that won't crap out within a year. Speed isn't super important, as he doesn't really do anything intensive and probably never will. If anyone has the time, I'd appreciate making sure that all the required parts are included, as I don't have time to reorder a missing cable or anything (it needs to be built fairly quickly as he's visiting soon). I also want to make sure all the parts are compatible with eachother.


Here's my tentative build. Any comments about it? I'm willing to completely change it around if people think it'd be better. I'm also open to buying a pre-built computer, if someone thinks that would be better.

mobo $45 Foxconn A74ML-K AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
ram $40 Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA800
psu $30 COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
cpu $59 AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX245OCGQBOX
hd $39 Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
dvd $22 LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X 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 Writer
case $30 APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case

total: 265+21=$286 shipping

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August 18, 2010 11:26:46 PM

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August 19, 2010 9:49:07 AM

Batuchka: sick sick build. Thanks! I think I'm going to go with that exact built. I just got to confirm with my dad first :) . I'm slightly worried about the quality of the biostar mobo and the seagate HD, but I'm willing to take the gamble.
August 19, 2010 11:18:37 AM

Nah too many AM2+/AM3 Biostars (can't vouch for earlier gen/sockets) built with no issues and for Seagate 7200.11 no go but 7200.12 is fine so no worries ^^