I'm making a new computer for a co-worker. This computer will probably never do more than Facebook games and HD youtube videos. I'm trying to get the cheapest thing I can without making it straight out bad. Any advice?
Approximate Purchase Date: Tomorrow
Budget Range: 350-400 Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Word Processing, Youtube, Facebook
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, HDD, Disk Drive
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Any
This is what I have so far. What do you think?
Edit: Now that I think of it, since I'm trying to use integrated graphics with the i3, I probably don't even need the 430w psu. Isn't it true that (even if I am not pulling the power through parts) the psu still draws more power if it's rated for more?
Microcenter scares me. I went to a Microcenter in Cincinnati for the first time last week, and it was like walking into a Chinese knock-off market. Can I really trust what I buy there?
at least here in Silicon Valley, Microcenter is probably better trusted if not as well known as Fry's, Best Buy, etc and it helps that I work about 5 min away. I've never been to another store so I don't know what they're like.
I buy my stuff there since they're often cheaper than Amazon even with tax, especially full builds because they have awesome deals on CPU/mobo combos. I asked a sales guy about it once and they said they're an Intel Launch Partner, whatever that means (Intel's headquarters is about a mile away) so they get killer deals on the CPUs. Also their staff is pretty knowledgeable here in SV, unlike any other big retailer. I'd say they were a pretty reputable outfit.
microcenter isnt a "chinese knock-off market". they carry all the big brands just like the other stores do. it just so happens that they also carry quite a few of the lesser known cheap brands. just because its cheap doesnt mean its crap.
bliq's build seems to be alright. you dont need 8gb of memory though.
If you're looking at something with that little usage, I'd consider AMD's E-350 platform or their new APUs (A-series). If they need added graphics power then they can throw in a cheap AMD GPU to couple with the integrated GPU.
The AMD 6330 graphics are definitely more powerful. I have an E-350 build myself but for the cost of the Brazos platform, you could get a quad core FX4100 with motherboard. The big win for E-350 is power consumption (which could be important). given the stated uses, I went with more CPU power and adequate GPU power. actually, to make the machine feel really zippy, I'd invest any remaining budget on a small SSD.