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Cranking a $450 home/office PC

I came here hoping that someone would help me choose the parts I could use to build a PC for someone.

Basically, the PC will be used for work (creating documents/spreadsheets/various tasks), photography, and casual use.

I should note that I need to order the parts within the next couple of days.

So I am needing something that has:

·4GB of RAM
·1 hard-drive with around 80 GB
·On-board video on the motherboard
·At least 6 USB ports (they were adamant about that)

They do not need a keyboard, monitor, mouse, or speakers.

I don't really want to go past $450 (including Windows 7 OEM). The cheaper the better, as long as we're not sacrificing too much power or quality. I'm wanting to get them something that'll actually last more than 3 months and will allow them to finish their work more quickly.

I prefer to order the parts through NewEgg.

I'm assembling in the USA.

No overclocking.

No SLI (need onboard video).

The monitor resolution is 1024x768.

If there is anything else I can share to make this easier for someone to help me, let me know.
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  1. Try this build:

    AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6530D AD3650WNGXBOX $109.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103943

    ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $58.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157277

    Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT25664BA1339 $22.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148262

    Antec Three Hundred + BP430 Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 430W Power Supply $69.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129065

    Total: $332 before shipping and taxes (if applicable) + $100 for Windows 7 OEM


    Edit: If you can, maybe try to get this motherboard instead:

    ASUS F1A55-M LE FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS $79.99
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131796

    It also has 6 USB ports, but has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. I think that puts you right at your budget limit.
  2. The only thing with the motherboards is that they don't have the onboard video.
  3. The graphics are integrated into the CPU.
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    You could purchase such a system from the leading makers for about $350. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

    Any way, here is what I came up with.

    CPU - AMD A4-3300 - $64.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103957
    Motherboard - Gigabyte A75 - $64.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128516
    ram - 4gb DDR3 - $19.99 after rebate - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339
    Hard drive - 160gb WD - $69.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
    DVD RW Drive - Samsung - $16.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244
    Case/PSU - Antec - $89.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129071
    Windows Home Premium 64 bit - $99.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116986

    Total $426.93

    Note the motherboard has both 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 connectors on the back. USB 3.0 can be used with USB 2.0 devices. Also, there are internal header connectors on the motherboard to hook up addition USB connectors on the case front.

    Lastly, if you need more ports on the front, you could add this in one of the empty 3.5" or 5.25" drive bays. $28.99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815150025
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  6. hpdeskjet said:
    The graphics are integrated into the CPU.

    Whether it will really down?
  7. I know most teckies prefer to build their own. But it sounds like you're trying to get a modest pc going. For the price point you're trying to work at it's not an efficient or economically wise thing to do to build your own. IMHO you're better off just buying a ready built computer.

    Here's two which match you're criteria, for ready built economic computers, I'm HP all the way.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883157137

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7073918&CatId=4929

    By the way bro. I spent some time searching for compatible builds of your requirements. Every time I thought I had it, it always fell apart on usb count. Either the board couldn't have it or the case couldn't have it and to get it it would have jumped the price beyond. Like I said before. When' you're going cheap, you have to go pre-built. The manufacturers get the better deals. Roughly once you start dealing with machines $800 and up then it's more to your advantage to piece it together. Best of luck.
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