Approximate Purchase Date: Mid December when I visit my parents
Budget Range: As close to $300 as possible
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet. That's really it.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Country of Origin: US
Parts Preferences: by brand or type None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Not needed
Additional Comments: My dad is technologically...challenged. He can get online and surf a few sites but not much more (he doesn't even have an email account). And that's alright with him. He occasionally watches a video but mostly just browses a few sites. No gaming. No word processing. His current computer is 8+ years old and doesn't work so hot. I'd like to build him something simple that would allow him to use the internet more efficiently. 2-4gb ram (depending on price) would be nice Integrated gpu is fine. Older dual core processors fine as well.. He downloads nothing and has no programs so and hard drive space not that important (which means an SSD would be perfect but probably too pricey). Case style and size is not important, nor are i/o options as he doesn't have any devices to connect. $300 is my upper limit but I can go a little over if need be. I like newegg and have used that site and this to build before but for myself. I don't know enough to get decent parts or which components will work with what so any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
CPU - Intel Celeron G540 (2.4GHz dual core sandy bridge CPU with integrated HD2000 graphics) - $57
Mobo - BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 $55
RAM - 1x4GB DDR3-1333 CAS 9 1.5V (whatever fits those specs)- $24
HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM - $40 (cheaper drives have shipping costs or are sold out)
GPU - integrated in CPU
Case - APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX - $35 (or your choice, hardly matters which you choose)
DVD - optional since he doesn't really need it - $20 get either a LG, Samsung or Lite-on.
PSU - SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W or Antec Earthwatts 380 - $40 or $45
Max Total - $276
Min Total - $251
You still need an OS. Windows 7 OEM is $99.
I highly suggest 4GB RAM only because if you use Windows it loves to use it all. You can re-use a SATA HDD if you have one to cut costs. As noted, you don't need a DVD drive, that is up to you.
EDIT: wanted to note that compared to the two previous builds, The AMD A4 has better graphics then this, but is slightly more expensive. Compared to the E350, the Pentium blows it away for roughly $7 more. Also, the PSU's I suggested are 80+ certified. All the builds are "good" depending on what you are trying to achieve.
Another budget kit from newegg this one is based on A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz for CPU with integrated GPU in it for $250 roughly same price as the sandy bridge based above. Both kits have it's strengths and weaknesses.