Hey guys, my sister needs a computer for around $300 and she doesn't play games on it. I'm really lost because most of the reviews I can find are for gaming rigs so I'm not sure where I can save some money. It will be mainly used for the web/facebook, basic photos, skype, and movies for her kids. Skype is the really important one because her husband is about to be deployed and they want to skype together. She just needs the tower and all the hardware there, she has the monitor and the rest of that stuff. Please let me know if I left anything out.
You just don't get a DVD/CD drive. I built a system with the D525/NM10 chipset (w/o the ION2 GPU) and it's fine for web/photos/email/etc. With the ION2 it'll also play videos no problem, even 720p. All this an pulling less power than a 40W lightbulb.
If a DVD/CD drive is a must, an external USB drive can be found on the cheap.