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November 12, 2010 12:39:07 PM

Hello All,

Looking for some comments and suggestions on a system build for my mother. I already own one piece of the system, the Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB SATA HardDrive.

I also have picked out a case I like which can be viewed here:


I am competent at being able to physically put the system together, I'm not just sure what the best set-up (i.e. power supply, motherboard, etc.) would be, appreciate any and all comments.

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November 12, 2010 12:45:16 PM

Budget? usage?
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November 12, 2010 12:46:32 PM

Budget is $400.
Usage: Web browsing, emailing, word processing applications, no games.
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November 12, 2010 12:58:14 PM

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November 12, 2010 7:58:19 PM

in your $400 budget do you need a monitor? keyboard and Mouse? windows? speakers?
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November 12, 2010 8:03:15 PM

Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers are not needed.
Windows is not needed, I will purchase that separately
NewEgg.com is preferred site.
No Parts preference
No Overclocking...
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November 12, 2010 8:40:09 PM

alright, a kind of generic build for you:


Total $349 with shipping.

AS Rock 880G Motherboard: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Solid caps, reliable company. inexpensive. Has a great built-in video.
One using USB 3 and SATA 3 is $89.99 if you want to swing the extra $30

Athlon II X2 250 (3.0 GHz): $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
All your mother probably really needs. You could pay and extra $15 for an X3 445 if you want a little more power, or an extra $30 for an X4 640.

G.Skill 4 GB DDR3-1333: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Great RAM, inexpensive as heck.

Seagate 7200.12 1 TB HDD: $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Seagates are not quite as fast as the Samsung F3, but this one is on sale for the cost of a 500GB right now.

SeaSonic 300W 80+ PSU: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
SeaSonic is the most reliable PSU company out there. and 300W is all you need for this PC.

LG 22x SATA DVD Burner: $16.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
cheap & reliable. These are practically a commodity now.

Rosewill R223-P-BK 120mm Fan ATX Mid Tower Computer Case: $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A basic case, cheap, with a 120mm fan. It'll do the job, and why pay more?

Rosewill RFA-120-K 120mm Case Fan : $4.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
a second fan, put it in the front for improved cooling.
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November 21, 2010 11:42:37 PM

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