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November 25, 2011 3:44:39 PM

Hello fellow builders,

So what I am trying to accomplish here is a build that can be sub $200. I am building a PC for my parents and all they need to use it for is surfing facebook, typing in word and e-mailing for the most part.

Right now I already have a case, optical drive, and maybe a hard drive (but would still be interested in any cheap drive no matter the size)

Approximate Purchase Date: ASAP - Perhaps some recommended deals for todays "Black Friday" specials

Budget Range: Sub $200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Facebook - Web - E-mail - Word processing - Monotonous tasks

Parts Not Required: Only need PSU, Processor, RAM (4GB), Mobo, Graphics (Integrated or not)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Preferably Canadian sites (Newegg, Amazon, Tiger Direct...I'm not picky just looking for cheap)

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: Whatever works


Monitor Resolution: HD

Additional Comments: I just want to find some cheaper parts to put this thing together for my parents. The cheaper the better. The only requirements are mostly (as said above) web, word processing and I would like it to be able to run Windows 7

Thanks a bunch! :bounce: 
November 25, 2011 4:39:39 PM

200? Let me try. :) 
CPU:AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
70$
Mobo:ASRock A55M-HVS FM1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
60$
PSU:COOLER MASTER Elite 460 RS-460-PSAR-J3 460W ATX12V V2.31 Power Supply
35$
Ram:G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-4GBNT
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
20$

I could skimp on your PSU to some extent, but it wont come below much i think.
185$ Happy? Couldnt find any deals on really low end stuff though. :( 
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November 25, 2011 4:49:17 PM

Not to shabby. I did have my eye on the AMD A4s. What would you think of:

Intel Celeron G530 Sandy Bridge 2.4GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics BX80623G530
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

Would it be more worth it you think to just go for the AMD A4-3300?
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November 25, 2011 4:53:16 PM

TBH, i am using that intel CPU right now, but i also have the 6670 as the GPU. I am not confident of any kind of video playback on the integrated graphics of that. So, definitely, i would say, the 3300 is worthit. A bit of tradeoff, is a lil slower in CPU tasks(general snappiness, startup times, encoding etc) and a lil more power hungry. But, the video prowess is worthit. Go for it. :) 
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November 25, 2011 5:15:38 PM

The llano is strong on graphics, but weaker on cpu. Here is an Intel alternative:

1) Intel G530 $57. I have used the predecessor (slower)G6950 in a backup internet pc, and it works well.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

2) Corsair 430w $40 after rebate. This is a quality unit I have used for a family build.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

3) Biostar H61 motherboard $45 after $10 rebate.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

4) G.skil 2 x 2gb ram $22. ($10 shipping for ram seems crazy)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total $164 after rebates + shipping.
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November 25, 2011 6:30:34 PM

geofelt said:
The llano is strong on graphics, but weaker on cpu. Here is an Intel alternative:

1) Intel G530 $57. I have used the predecessor (slower)G6950 in a backup internet pc, and it works well.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

2) Corsair 430w $40 after rebate. This is a quality unit I have used for a family build.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

3) Biostar H61 motherboard $45 after $10 rebate.
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...

4) G.skil 2 x 2gb ram $22. ($10 shipping for ram seems crazy)
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1682...

Total $164 after rebates + shipping.


Wow that actually is pretty bang on thank you and I agree $10 to ship two light pieces of plastic seems just wrong lol, but this is what I am looking for.

Thanks for the help both of you! :) 
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November 25, 2011 7:22:57 PM

:3 make sure the parts work BEFORE sending in the rebates, or you can't rma it via newegg, you have to go through the company D:
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November 26, 2011 3:08:47 AM

Haha, sorry for missing out that detail. 10$ to ship 20$ ram is indeed ridiculous. I guess the intel build is good if your parents are never going to play any movies on that machine. So, you are more than good to go. :)  GL.
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November 26, 2011 5:33:49 PM

wrazor said:
Haha, sorry for missing out that detail. 10$ to ship 20$ ram is indeed ridiculous. I guess the intel build is good if your parents are never going to play any movies on that machine. So, you are more than good to go. :)  GL.


Am I wrong? I thought the intel hd2000 graphics was supposed to be fine for HD movie playback.
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November 28, 2011 1:49:26 PM

The 530 doesnt sport HD 2000, more like 1000(intel calls it just HD). So, movies are going to be a struggle. I think i had seen an article on anands about it. I definitely say, if you plan movies, get the llano. It even plays blue rays real smooth. :) 
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November 28, 2011 2:07:04 PM

wrazor said:
The 530 doesnt sport HD 2000, more like 1000(intel calls it just HD). So, movies are going to be a struggle. I think i had seen an article on anands about it. I definitely say, if you plan movies, get the llano. It even plays blue rays real smooth. :) 


I think we are talking here about the sandy bridge G530, not the clarkdale i3-530.
Perhaps this is the article you are referring to. It seems that the HD graphics has a different name, but is really no different from the HD2000 graphics in 3d performance.
You do lose quick sync, and a few video features, but the conclusion was that it is fine for a basic HTPC.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4524/the-sandy-bridge-pen...
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November 28, 2011 2:22:26 PM

How about this build?

AMD Athlon II X3 450 Triple Core Processor AM3 3.2GHZ 1.5MB L2 Cache 95W Retail Box - $74.09
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10360BD4748&v...

ASUS M5A78L-M LX mATX AM3+ DDR3 AMD 760G 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI SATA2 VGA GBLAN Motherboard - $57.20
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=10530BD3323&v...

G.SKILL F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL Ripjaws PC3-12800 4GB 2X2GB DDR3-1600 CL9-9-9-24 Core i5 1.5V Memory Kit - $25.25
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=15380BD2304&v...

Antec Basiq BP350 350WATT ATX12V V2.01 80MM Quiet Fan ATX Power Supply - $29.62
http://www.directcanada.com/products/?sku=1037105787F&v...

Total: $186.16 + free shipping
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December 3, 2011 2:41:24 AM

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