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$400 budget build

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June 20, 2011 2:30:38 AM

My mom wants me to build her pc. I have an idea of parts to get, but i just wanted to get some recommendations on parts.

Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next month

Budget Range: 300-400

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, and listening to music

Parts Not Required:Keyboard, mouse and speakers, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:newegg, tigerdirect and amazon

Country of Origin:USA

Parts Preferences:None

Additional Comments:She wants a small case, needs OS

I have currently looked at the following. Please feel free to recommend a different part whether it be an upgrade over one or a downgrade bc it is overkill. Thanks in advance for any help and recommendations.

Case:Rosewill R379-M Black/ Silver 0.8mm SGCC Steel Slim MicroATX Computer Case with ATX12V Flex 300W Power Supply

CPU:AMD Athlon II X2 250

MB:ASRock N68-S UCC AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 7025 / nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

HDD:Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

DVD Drive:ASUS 24X DVD Burner

RAM: Havent picked out any yet because im not sure on the MB

OS:Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium

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June 20, 2011 2:57:16 AM

The motherboard is an ancient AM2 part and needs DDR2 memory

You are probably better off with an AM3 board with AMD's 880G chipset because it has much stronger graphics

ASRock 880GM-LE AM3 AMD 880G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $55

or this one if you want HDMI
MSI 880GM-E35 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $70

and RAM will be DDR3 for both boards ,

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 $25

You also dont need to pay for Windows unless you want to . Ubuntu linux is a free operating system you just have to download
June 20, 2011 3:31:16 PM

Thank you. I was looking for an AM3 motherboard but havent had the chance looked to much . I was thinking about Ubuntu i just dont know if she would like it, i have to talk to her about that. But thanks for the suggestion.
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June 27, 2011 4:02:51 AM

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