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Basic pc for browsing the internet

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February 14, 2011 7:04:27 PM

I'm wanting to build computer for my mom. All she really does is look up recipes and watch movies on netflix. I want it to be as cheap as possible, but with decent quality parts. I need everything except for windows 7 and keyboard/mouse.

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 to 4 weeks

Budget Range: 600 or cheaper

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Netflix, Browsing

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Here are the parts I'm thinking about:

Case+PSU: Rosewill R363-M-BK Black Ultra High Gloss Finished MicroATX Computer Case with 400W ATX 2.2 12V Power Supply - $49.99

CPU: AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX255OCGMBOX - $62.99

MOBO: ASUS M4A785TD-M EVO AM3 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - $79.99

HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $39.99

RAM: Kingston ValueRAM 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3N9/2G - $22.99

DVD: SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 16X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM - $20.99

Monitor: Hanns·G HW-191APB Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 700:1 Built-in Speakers - $99.99

February 14, 2011 7:22:57 PM

Even in a cheap build I wouldn't go with a Rosewill PSU. That's just asking for trouble. 7200.12 500gb are better HD's for same cost. I'd also get her 4gb RAM since it's so cheap now.

Optical $16

NZXT Gamma $40

7200.12 500gb $40

Antec earthwatts 380 $40

G SKill value 4gb ddr3 1333 cas 9 $40

Athlon II x3 450 + Asus $130

this is a micro atx board, but you shouldn't have any issues, especially since you won't be mounting HSF, GPU's or tons of RAM.

Total including shipping: $322

You can also grab here a 21.5" 1080p monitor for $135 after rebate and promo code.
February 14, 2011 7:43:59 PM

Thanks a lot. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with your build, except maybe the case because I don't think she will like the way it looks, but I'll find something. I'm going to go with that monitor also I think it will be worth it.
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February 14, 2011 8:07:18 PM

The Cm centurion looks pretty nice. I think that would be more her style. Thanks a lot for your help.