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January 8, 2011 12:51:53 PM

The name says it. Building a computer for the in-laws to work for a few years or more with minor upgrades. The budget is not firm, but definitely need to try and keep it under $400. The cheaper the better.
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Approximate Purchase Date: January 12th

Budget Range: $350 preferably before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing net, Facebook games, Microsoft office applications, multimedia(basic work with photos, listening to music)

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, or tigerdirect.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: Father in law does NOT like parts from china, but i know that is hard to do, but i have found a few. As little from there as possible would be great, but as i said, i know its a tall order. He is willing to up the budget a little for parts from other countries.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: reusing a 1280x1024 right now but will probably purchase a 1920x1080 in the near future

Additional Comments: They would also like the computer to have a wireless internet adapter and to be microAtx or smaller, but speed and reliability is a must as i am 4 hours away and i am the one who would be doing the troubleshooting if anything goes wrong. Also since it's just a basic computer onboard graphics is a must, but the better the graphics the happier they'll probably be.
Also a TB of storage is wanted as they have a lot of photos and music and keep basically everything they have on the computer.
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Here is the list of what i am thinking, any help would be great, or if you think this will do please let me know. I would like to get the most for the money.

Case: HEC 6T Series 6T10BB Black 0.7mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$29.99
PSU: SeaSonic SS-350ET Bronze 350W ATX12V V2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$42.99
Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$59.99
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 440 Rana 3.0GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$75.99
RAM: Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$39.99
HDD: SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$69.99
DVD Burner: LITE-ON Black SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$15.99
Wireless Adapter: AZiO AWD102N IEEE 802.11b/g, IEEE 802.11n Draft 2.0 PCI
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$21.99
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This build totals ~$357 before shipping, but i did well and almost all have free shipping so it comes out to ~$365.

Let me know if you think there are better options.

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January 8, 2011 2:22:00 PM

In cases like this I would just recommend a Dell. And I say this because if you made them a box then you would have to become the family IT for as long as they own that thing.

How about this
Dell Vostro 230s Slim Tower w/Dell E1910H 18.5" Monitor - Pentium Dual Core, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD - $399+$8 S&H
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=2...

Edit: And ofcourse I posted before i checked that link, its gone already :) .
So in second thought your build sounds just fine. But you would have to figure another $99.99 for windows and then you're all set.
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January 8, 2011 2:33:00 PM

I actually like your build.
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January 8, 2011 2:53:38 PM

fastx21 said:
In cases like this I would just recommend a Dell. And I say this because if you made them a box then you would have to become the family IT for as long as they own that thing.

How about this
Dell Vostro 230s Slim Tower w/Dell E1910H 18.5" Monitor - Pentium Dual Core, 3GB DDR3, 320GB HDD - $399+$8 S&H
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?sduid=0&t=2...

Edit: And ofcourse I posted before i checked that link, its gone already :) .
So in second thought your build sounds just fine. But you would have to figure another $99.99 for windows and then you're all set.



Yeah, i am already pretty much the IT for the family. I do have an extra copy of windows sitting around, it is only 32 bit, but it'll serve them just fine. Thanks for the advice though. I have been looking around and not seeing a whole lot of manufacturers computers that would have the level of performance for the same dollar. That is why i let them know i could build one, but after seeing your link i may just have to shop around some more.
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January 8, 2011 6:36:40 PM

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