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August 23, 2010 5:24:39 AM

I have about $230 to spend on a new pc for school. I'll be mostly web browsing, watching youtube, hulu, etc, office work nothing too intensive. I'd prefer if this machine could do most of these task simultaneously, for example having firefox with 10 tabs open while having open office and winamp running, along with antivirus and firewall in the background with no lag. I also would like to be able to watch youtube content in 720p. Here's the build I've come up with:

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX245OCGQBOX

Foxconn A74ML-K AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 740G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

PQI POWER Series 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model MAD42GUOE

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3250318AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX Media Center / Slim HTPC Computer Case w/ ATX12V Flex 275W Power Supply

Total: $225.95

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August 23, 2010 6:05:37 AM

^ Why not a DDR3/ AM3 ??
X2 245


Biostar 785G mobo + HEC case - (It is actually free)

PSU - A high quality Seasonic PSU - You would save power too)

HDD - Check it here

The above setup would come around ~$15 -$20 more, but you get a better mobo with a very powerful onboard video, a far better PSU and AM3/ DDR3 setup...
August 25, 2010 8:11:19 AM

gkay's changes are a good idea. Not much more for a slightly newer system and faster RAM (DDR3)
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August 25, 2010 10:24:34 AM

The 690G, 740G, all Nvidia chipsets below GF8xxx/750a/980a are all essentially AM2 mobos/tech which has HT limitation when used with an AM2+/AM3 CPU and still on PCIex gen 1.0/1.1 and that is why under recommended mobos in any half serious hardware forums u won't find them listed even in rudimentary/el cheapo configs hehe
September 1, 2010 10:27:53 PM

sorry for not updating so long, was waiting for the money to finally come through. it seems that the motherboard/case combo is no longer available.