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Need some critiques for this $200 build

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February 21, 2011 12:58:22 PM

My mom's looking for a fairly cheap new computer and tigerdirect just happens to have a sale today. One of their systems on sale fits the budget requirement although I'm not sure how good it is so I was wondering if you guys can provide some comments.

Main Uses for PC: internet browsing, chat, office documents, desktop publishing, light web develpoment, most resource intensive program will probably be dreamweaver or photoshop (or I can probably get her to use less resource hogging programs for these)

Buying schedule: In the next few days.

Budget: sub-$350

The build:

Mobo: ECS A740GM-M Motherboard
CPU: AMD Phenom X4 9750 Quad Core Processor
CPU Cooler: Thermaltake CL-P0503 70mm CPU Cooler
Optical: Lite-On Internal 24X DVD Writer
Ram: Centon 2048MB PC6400 DDR2
Case: Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
HDD: Western Digital 500GB Caviar Blue Hard Drive
PSU: Come's with case

GPU: Not in this build yet but I'm planning on grabbing something cheap that can handle dual monitors at 1080p

Initial thoughts:
I was gonna go for it but I noticed that it's using DDR2. I'm guessing I could get more bang-for-buck for a DDR3 system. I'm also not familiar with the Mobo and Ram manufacturers so I'm kinda reluctant on buying this set. Specs looks good for a "mom pc" though

So, do you guys think I should go for it or should I just wait for a different sale?


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February 21, 2011 1:23:51 PM

@ $280
MSI 785GTM-E45 Barebones Kit -
MSI 785GTM-E45 Mobo, AMD Phenom X4 9750 CPU, CPU Fan, Crucial 4GB DDR2 RAM (2x 2GB), Seagate 1TB HDD, 24x DVDRW, PowerUp ATX Mid-Tower Case, 450W Power Supply

GPU for 2 monitors included in the motherboard IGP.

I am not a fan of the slow 2.4Ghz Phenom X4 9750 CPU. But it IS a quad core CPU. And the 4GB of DDR2 RAM is better than 2GB of DDR3.

February 21, 2011 1:32:38 PM

For an under $350 option I think I like this better:
Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V PowerUp Barebones Kit @ $330
Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V PowerUp Barebones Kit
Gigabyte GA-H55M-S2V Mobo, Intel Core i3-540 3.06GHz CPU, integrated Intel HD Graphics, Corsair 4GB DRR3 RAM,
Seagate 1TB HDD, Sony 24x DVDRW, PowerUp ATX Mid-Tower Case, Sparkle 500W PSU

Graphics output for 2 monitors included in the CPU IGP.
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February 21, 2011 1:42:30 PM

965BE + Biostar A780L3G $150

Items Off Egg $162

$312 total?

Dual monitors via DVI + VGA on IGP, scalable with the addition of a Radeon class discrete GPU like HD 5400, etc up to 4 x displays via ATI Surround View feature (to be enabled in BIOS)

quality 80+ bronze PSU to boot ^^
February 21, 2011 2:58:12 PM

I guess the $200 ECS A740GM-M build is a no go then :D 

Thanks, that's all I need for now. I'll check out these suggestions, they actually look pretty good.

Thanks guys
February 21, 2011 2:58:38 PM

Best answer selected by kitkat12012.
February 21, 2011 3:16:09 PM

a home-built system, assuming you don't have a microcenter nearby, bascally the newegg parts from Batchuka plus:
AS Rock 880GM: $60
AMD Athlon II X3 450: $80
4 GB DDR3: $40
this is $180

add his $162 and its $342 total.