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September 23, 2011 6:39:33 AM


My mom still has Windows XP which to her is not a problem, but I like building computers and was thinking of maybe building my MOM one for Christmas. She ONLY surfs the web and plays Mahjong, so she needs just a basic computer that's not painfully slow. I just gave her my old 22 inch widescreen Samsung monitor so she doesn't need that. I'm hoping to build somthing for as CHEAP as possible that is 1/2 way descent (not a piece of crap). Windows 7 PC for under $300?

thanks :) 

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September 23, 2011 7:04:17 AM

Well, if you put Ubuntu on your new system and give it to you mum, she is going to curse you :D  (trust me, i am a PC user for..11 years now and when i installed Ubuntu 1 month ago on another partition to test it EVERYTHING was upside down...sry got used to Windows :(  )
I recomend
for web browsing and what ever your mum does :p 
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September 23, 2011 7:08:06 AM

PS. and on the above system you even have a Windows 7 License :) 
September 23, 2011 7:30:29 AM

^Although I'd up the ram to 4Gb, seems like a good plan
September 23, 2011 7:40:09 AM

Pretty much your best bet is to get a prebuilt system such as what crisan suggested, since with them you also get the windows 7 license.

However, since you did say that you like building, then i assume it's not _only_ for the benefit of getting get a new computer but also that you get to build it :) 
That will be next to impossible including a win7 license, however you can build one without it for about 300.

CPU: Intel Pentium G620 $77.99
Mobo: Asrock H61M-VS $54.99

CPU: AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7Ghz $69.99
Mobo: Asrock A75M $74.99

Memory: Gskill NS 2x2GB CAS9 1.5V 1333Mhz $25.99
Case: Antec 300 Illusion $44.99 atm with CC generally a decent case in the $30-45 range.
PSU: Antec EarthWatts 380D $39.99
HDD: WD Caviar Blue 500GB $39.99
DVD: Asus/Lite-On/Samsung/Sony DVD writer $18.99 - generally around $20

$320 for the Intel, $334 for the AMD

AMD version costs a few bucks more but probably has a bit more graphics kick and has USB3 and SataIII.
September 23, 2011 7:41:14 AM

Yeah the 300$ range +windows builds are really dominated by the oem market. Building one yourself to match what they offer is next to impossible.
September 23, 2011 8:00:19 PM

If that's all your mum is doing, I can tell you this will more than suffice for surfing the web, playing Mahjong, other low-end games, even HD video (as long as it's not Silverlight). It also won't hardly use the power of a 40W lightbulb.

Rosewill RC-CIX-01 BK Glossy Black Steel Cube Mini-ITX Computer Case with 150W Power Supply and 1x 80mm Fan

ASRock E350M1 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo

Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR1066D3N7K2/4G

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

ASUS 24X DVD Burner

$240 + shipping + cost of Windows 7