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May 12, 2011 8:51:13 PM

Soon I will be putting toghether a computer for my little brother - he only uses Mozilla Firefox and MS Paint.

Motherboard: M4N68T-M LE v2 (mATX)
Processor: AMD 'Sargas' 140 @ 2.7GHz
Memory: Kingston 1GB (PC3-10666) @ 1.5v CL9
Optical Drive: A cheap LG DVD-RW one
Power Unit: Corsair CX430 (336w effective)
Case: Coolermaster Elite 330
Hard-Disk Drive: WDC-Blue SATA2 160GB (150GB effective) - I already have this, I upgraded to a Samsung HD103SJ.
Graphics: nVidia GeForce 7025 (motherboard chipset)

Price: £145

What do you lot think? :) 

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May 12, 2011 9:14:32 PM

do you have a monitor and OS?
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May 12, 2011 10:15:39 PM

then ure build looks good
May 12, 2011 11:41:23 PM

The only advantage to build a cheap computer, well there is none. Just buy one of the shelf. It will save you lot's of time and frustration. If you want to build one just because, then build one that you can invest in by adding to it later. Start with a good motherboard.
May 13, 2011 3:06:41 AM

It sounds a lot like what I made for my daughter's preschool. This will play up to 720p Youtube video.

Gigabyte D525 dual-core Atom motherboard

CFI A8989 case (in the states the brand is 'Rosewill') w/ 150W PSU

320GB SATA II HDD (sub your 160GB HDD here)
Windows 7 Home Premium

The kids LOVE it. It plays all their educational games, surf the web to educational sites, plays paint and it can even handle 720p video smoothly. It makes a great nettop.
May 13, 2011 9:56:06 AM

Well if my brother wants to play games then he's a Wii and DS Lite. This is solely to access internet and videos.
Thanks for the points lads.

May 13, 2011 1:45:42 PM

If you mean cheap, at the very basic definition, then look no further. The single core D410 Atom motherboard is only $55. Absolutely the cheapest!
May 13, 2011 4:13:08 PM

In the mainstream, the bottom is pretty much an Atom motherboard and you'll want 2GB to get decent performance from the operating system. I don't think you're going to find a mainstream system that isn't capable of playing at least educational games but can still surf the web and play videos.

Something along these lines:

You could also get the internet adapter for the Wii and let him surf the web with the Wii.