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February 24, 2012 6:22:52 PM

Ok, my Dad and Step-Mom finally decided they could use a computer around the house. They just want a basic system and were looking at some cheapo prebuilts at Best Buy and Walmart and when they told me about the specs, I told them I could build them a decent system for what that would be better suited for them and not give them a bunch of junk they didnt need or want. They said go for it, so on we go:

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Approximate Purchase Date: Within the next few days, just finalizing parts.

Budget Range: No budget really, just trying to keep this as low as possible for them as they don't need anything extravagant. Somewhere around $350 would be good for what they need.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Internet, Youtube probably, Paying bills, Office work (step-moms Business stuff), E-Mail, maybe playing a flash based game or two like bejeweled and such that my step mom likes to play.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, HD, OS (I have an old Seagate 250gb SATA II HD I can use, and I am just going to throw a copy of Windows XP on it that I have laying around for now. I'll upgrade the OS later if needed.) Yes a monitor is needed :(  , but fortunately they won't need much of one. Any extra cables they might need I have laying in a spare parts box.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com, or I do have a microcenter about 15 minutes from my work.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: Doesn't matter really, they won't care. I prefer to use ASUS or Gigabyte boards as I have had great luck with them in the past.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768 (It's what the monitor I have picked out reccommends, they won't care really. They just need a basic monitor.)

Additional Comments: Just wanting to build them a nice home general PC they can use easily and will not give them any problems. I will only be using the onboard graphics and they will probably never (as in 99.9% chance) need anything more than that.

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So here's what I was thinking for them. This should give them a reliable home office type computer for them and not break their bank.


HEC 6K11BB Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply - $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Intel Pentium G620 Sandy Bridge 2.6GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-H61M-S2H LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG DVD Burner 24X - $17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer G185HAb Black 18.5" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 50000:1(ACM), 1000:1 - $90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

TOTAL: $339 (shipping and rebates not included)


Any comments/areas of improvement? :) 
February 24, 2012 7:07:26 PM

As much as I like that case, I don't think my parents are going to be into it :D 

Good find on that monitor. I'll have to look into that one. Honestly I just picked the cheapest one newegg had with free shipping.
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February 24, 2012 7:10:27 PM

Pezcore27 said:
As much as I like that case, I don't think my parents are going to be into it :D 

Good find on that monitor. I'll have to look into that one. Honestly I just picked the cheapest one newegg had with free shipping.


They don't want a full tower? It's hard to find cases that are not full towers anymore.
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February 24, 2012 7:19:47 PM

They just want a smiple machine they can use to go online and check e-mail, shop, pay bills, do some office type work (step-mom's business) and for her to play some basic flash games.

So no, it doesnt have to be a full tower. a matx would work fine for what they want. Besides, that case, for them, would be a little too flashy.
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February 24, 2012 7:34:14 PM

why are going for a intel processor when you are not going to add a discrete video card.
This system is for your parents , right.
They are going to watch a movie or going to play some videos in you tube.
So then you will certainly cannot get proper experience with the build you are using.
I would suggest you to go with this AMD APU which has a CPU and GPU combined.
It will help you a lot with all the videos and the widows 7 experience will also be good.
If you go with this processor the mother board is also loaded with more features.
Think about it , for people who dont do hard core games, going with an APU is the best bet.
If you get the intel one, you will surely face with video shuttering.
And newegg has one good offer for this processor combined with mother board
http://promotions.newegg.com/AMD/12-0560/index.html?cm_...

Processor 65$ and the mother board 65$
And the motherboard has tons of more features.
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February 24, 2012 7:40:50 PM

mitunchidamparam said:
why are going for a intel processor when you are not going to add a discrete video card.
This system is for your parents , right.
They are going to watch a movie or going to play some videos in you tube.
So then you will certainly cannot get proper experience with the build you are using.
I would suggest you to go with this AMD APU which has a CPU and GPU combined.
It will help you a lot with all the videos and the widows 7 experience will also be good.
If you go with this processor the mother board is also loaded with more features.
Think about it , for people who dont do hard core games, going with an APU is the best bet.
If you get the intel one, you will surely face with video shuttering.
And newegg has one good offer for this processor combined with mother board
http://promotions.newegg.com/AMD/12-0560/index.html?cm_...

Processor 65$ and the mother board 65$
And the motherboard has tons of more features.


Where the Llano excels is in HTPC setups, for a desktop build the Pentium G620 far outperforms it, despite that the motherboards are a bit more expensive.
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February 24, 2012 7:45:13 PM

mitunchidamparam said:
why are going for a intel processor when you are not going to add a discrete video card.
This system is for your parents , right.
They are going to watch a movie or going to play some videos in you tube.
So then you will certainly cannot get proper experience with the build you are using.
I would suggest you to go with this AMD APU which has a CPU and GPU combined.
It will help you a lot with all the videos and the widows 7 experience will also be good.
If you go with this processor the mother board is also loaded with more features.
Think about it , for people who dont do hard core games, going with an APU is the best bet.
If you get the intel one, you will surely face with video shuttering.
And newegg has one good offer for this processor combined with mother board
http://promotions.newegg.com/AMD/12-0560/index.html?cm_...

Processor 65$ and the mother board 65$
And the motherboard has tons of more features.



I agree. The AMD APUs are great for home/office/htpc computers. They really are a great value; I recently built a computer with one and was very impressed. You can even find youtube videos of people playing battlefield 3 on only an A8.
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February 24, 2012 7:59:50 PM

I think people are overestimating this build. I don't need high def for graphics. No movies will be watched on the computer and certainly nothing graphically challenging. Just a basic home computer.
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February 24, 2012 8:20:54 PM

Dont' get me wrong, I'm pretty much an intel fanboy... but I really think that if you are not building a computer for gaming or heavy 3d modeling/rendering that the AMD APUs are the way to go.

You can give something like this a shot.

Case+PSU: APEX TM-302-3 Black/Silver Steel MicroATX Mid Tower + 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154052
$39.99

Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS FM1 AMD A55 Micro ATX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6813157277
$58.99

CPU+GPU: AMD A4-3300 Llana 2.5Ghz FM1
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6819103957
$64.99

Ram: Patriot Signature 4GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6820220480
$18.99

CD/DVD Burner: LG 22X Super-Multi DVD Burner Black
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6827136240
$17.99

Acer Black 20" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
$99.99


Total: $300.94 Before Tax. (HDD omitted)

This build really keeps the price in mind...
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February 24, 2012 8:29:56 PM

madreag said:

Case+PSU: APEX TM-302-3 Black/Silver Steel MicroATX Mid Tower + 300W PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6811154052
$39.99


Pez, I think you realize this... but don't trust that PSU.
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February 24, 2012 8:44:21 PM

I got this for $297.5 after MIR from micro center and newegg.

FX4100 (HD6000 Series graphics) + MB (gigabyte or ASUS) bundle from Micro center $110.
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...

Elite 343 Mini Tower mATX Computer Computer Case $33
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

HP 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor $90
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

Ram Corsair 2x2GB $19 0r $20 after MIR from newegg
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...

PSU Antec 400W 80plus $27.5 after 15% off (end 2/25) and MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

DVD burner $17

If you want to save more
you can get this case for $20 after MIR from microcenter
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...

then you can get the pc for $284.5.
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March 2, 2012 4:40:07 AM

Thanks for the suggestions everyone had. I did end up doing the original build I posted with the exception of the ram and monitor. I used some Crucial Ballistix 4gb (2x2gb) dual channel ram that microcenter had for $21 and that HP monitor that cin19 linked that microcenter had. Works great for what they wanted.
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March 2, 2012 4:40:52 AM

Best answer selected by Pezcore27.
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