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I haven't been up to date with all the tech stuff, but my friend needs a computer since his 2 laptops are starting to act up on him.
He just needs it for surfing and spreadsheet applications, NO gaming.

Not sure what socket he would need for his MoBo, unless that depends on the processor he gets correct?
He doesn't need a dedicated video card, onboard is fine.

I was thinking of this processor for starters -

OR maybe something like this, just a Core 2 Duo?

Looking at a Gigabyte Mobo?

Approximate Purchase Date: within a few days.

Budget Range: $300-$1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing and spreadsheets

Parts Not Required: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:

Country of Origin: Canada

Parts Preferences: by brand or type: (e.g.: I would like to use an AMD CPU & Biostar mobo with a 24" LCD and full tower case)

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: NO

Monitor Resolution: 1024x768

Additional Comments: Nothing fancy, simple but reliable future proof (3-4 year) system.
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  1. is the best place to shop if your Canadian.
    CPU: AMD Phenom II X2 555 $90
    Motherboard: Gigabyte 880GMA $90
    Case: Cooler Master HAF 932 $150
    Monitor: 24" LCD $200
    Keyboard: Logitech K120 $20
    Mouse: Logitech B100 $10
    PSU: Antec or Corsair 500W $60
    DVD: Asus 24X $25
    RAM: Corsair 2x1GB DDR3 $25
    Wifi: Asus PCE-N13 $30
    HDD: Western Digital Caviar Black 500GB Sata III $40
    OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit $100
    Total: $740
  2. The below is with a Biostar motherboard and AMD CPU. This build leaves you options for upgrading to any AM3 CPU, 4GB more memory getting to 8GB, and adding a graphics card if you decide to game. Roughly $525 using

    BIOSTAR TA890GXE => $90

    AMD Phenom II X4 840 => $110

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 => $50

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB => $50

    DVD Burner => $25

    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit => $110

    Antec Three Hundred + 430W PSU => $90
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