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Cheap PC build for Parents

Hi guys, so after building my first rig 2 weekends ago, I gave my parents my 6 year old laptop to do as they please. Turns out it's too slow for them as well and want to buy a new one. Need to know if the build I put together is any good. I added some info along with my build. Any suggestions/recommendations? I was looking at this thread and used similar parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next 2 weeks

Budget Range: $300 not including OS.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Facebook gaming, Web-broswing, MS Office, Skype.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor(19" Dynex HDTV)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.ncix.com

Country of Origin: Canada

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: whatever is best for 19" HDTV

***Additional Comments: I have a HP Pavilion 763n PC case that I could reuse. Any suggestions on a PSU?

I also need a very, very silent case fan that i can install.


AMD Athlon II X2 250 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.0GHZ $67.24

Gigabyte GA-M68MT-S2P mATX AM3 GF7025 NF630A DDR3 2PCI-E1 $49.99

Corsair VS2GB1333D3 2GB 1X2GB DDR3-1333 240PIN DIMM Memory $21.98

ASUS Radeon HD 5450 650MHZ 512MB 800MHZ DDR2 Silent Low Profile DVI HDMI VGA HDCP PCI-E Video Card $37.99

Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty $42.25

ASUS Black 24X DVD+R 2MB Cache SATA 24X DVD Burner $20.99

Total Cost before taxes= $240.44. Still need a PSU that will fit in my case or new Case + PSU that's cheap.

This is the price my parents would pay, and I'll buy Windows7 for them. Will 64-bit work with this build?

Thanks in advance.
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  3. thanks mosox for the reply.

    I've read that the cheapest graphics card will always be superior to integrated graphics. And the board you suggested is $30 more expensive. I would rather put that into a graphics card. Besides, my mom might want get back into SimCity if she can. But is the mobo I picked up good enough?

    As for the power supply, I'm looking for something cheaper, perhaps this PSU would work? Or maybe this one?

    As for the PSU fitting in my case, I measured it and I'm confident it will fit. As long as the PSU is 150 x 140 x 86.

    I also changed the hard drive to this.Not sure why I missed it the first time.
  4. The cheapest that's good
    http://ncix.com/products/?sku=33040&vpn=OCZ500MXSP&manufacture=OCZ%20Technology&promoid=1280

    For HD movies and games at lower resolution a modern onboard video like the 880G (hd 4250) - not that Nvidia - is good enough but you can buy a cheaper mobo and a video card.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1q-qjc6py0&feature=fvwrel
  5. That PSU is too big. It has a depth of 160mm. My case will only fit a max. depth of 140mm. Any other suggestions?
  6. Depth? That doesn't matter, the width and height matter.
  7. mosox said:
    Depth? That doesn't matter, the width and height matter.

    Exactly, wrong measurements of the psu for your case.
  8. EDIT: I'm just going to buy a new case. Thanks for the suggestions mosox.
  9. Best answer selected by From_Canada.
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