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Cheap, fast, simple PC

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


Overclocking: No


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.
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  1. AMD A4-3400 Dual Core at 2.7 GHz ($80)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103955
    Asrock A55 PRO3 FM1 ($75)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157278
    Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200 RPM ($50)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148701
    Antec Basiq 350w ATX PSU ($30)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371003
    Team Elite 4GB DDR3-1333mHZ ($20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161456
    HEC Blitz Black Steel Edition ($40)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811121096
    Asus 24X DVD Writer 24X ($20)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135204

    Total: $315

    This was a build I recommended to my cello tutor. He seemed to like it a lot.
  2. And another one from me

    Antec ISK Series ISK 100 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 80W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129095

    ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157247

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220537

    SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064/US 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147062

    SUM 318$
  3. michxymi said:
    And another one from me

    Antec ISK Series ISK 100 0.8 mm SECC / ABS Plastic Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 80W Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129095

    ASRock E350M1/USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD A50M Hudson M1 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU Combo
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157247

    Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model PSD34G1333K
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220537

    SAMSUNG 470 Series MZ-5PA064/US 2.5" 64GB SATA II Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147062

    SUM 318$


    I think an SSD is overkill... Maybe a 160GB HDD would do.
  4. Best answer
    AMD or Intel?

    Going Intel

    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.
  5. Of the posted builds, I like nordlead's the best, although if you can go the full $300, make the CPU as much stronger as you can; I don't think I'd recommend a Celeron to anyone.
  6. Onus said:
    Of the posted builds, I like nordlead's the best, although if you can go the full $300, make the CPU as much stronger as you can; I don't think I'd recommend a Celeron to anyone.


    I almost suggested the Pentium G620, but I didn't know what my total would end up at :-D
  7. samuelspark said:
    I think an SSD is overkill... Maybe a 160GB HDD would do.


    He doesn't need that much capacity, he's still in budget and he will give him better perfomance and 0db noise ;)
  8. 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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.752623
  9. CPU - Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz $73
    Mobo - BIOSTAR H61MGC LGA 1155 $55
    RAM - Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) $25
    HDD - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM - $40
    GPU - integrated in CPU
    Case - APEVIA X-Dreamer ATXB3KLW-AL w/ 420W Power Supply $40
    PSU- w/case
    $233
    add windows 7 for $333.

    how's something like that look?
  10. Best answer selected by Sophtie.
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