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Beat a $350 glorified netbook with a homebuilt system

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August 17, 2011 4:04:01 PM

:o  My girlfriend has been looking at this $350 glorified net book but isn't sold on a laptop as a platform.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Toshiba+-+Satellite+Laptop+...

I decided to see if I could build a system on the same budget that would blow it out of the water on performance. We don't play games, mostly, facebook, youtube, flash games at best. This is what I came up with.

MD Athlon II X3 435, heatsink, fan. $61.89
GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H mobo $105
Crucial c300 64gb hd $115
gskill ripjaw 2x4gb memory $70
Use ATX Dell case we already own
Use ATX Dell Powersupply we already own
Use IDE cdburner we already own.

We have screens, mice, keyboards.

Prices include shipping. Total $351.89

What do you think. Is this the best bang for that $350 buck?
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 4:19:36 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

$349.99
AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU
ASUS F1A75-M LE FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
Kingston HyperX 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-OWR460 Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case RS-460-PSAR-J3, Elite 460W Power Supply
LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model iHAS124-04 - OEM
August 17, 2011 4:58:11 PM

Wow that deal looks good. Sacrifice a bit of hard drive and memory speed for a much better processor and throw in a new cd drive psu and case to boot. nice find.
a b B Homebuilt system
August 17, 2011 7:38:26 PM

I agree, I just convinced my sister to buy the same kit plus Win 7 for a new PC I'll be putting together this weekend.
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