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$400-$600 pc build for my sisters

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March 2, 2012 4:26:26 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: within the next week or so

Budget Range: $400-$600 before shipping

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, microsoft office, light to no gaming

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country: U.S.

Parts Preferences: none

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Additional Comments: the computer will be for my sisters and it will mostly be school related work nothing too fancy, just something durable and reliable that won't give them troubles . thanks in advance!! :) 

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March 2, 2012 4:45:03 PM

Check out my extreme low budget builds:

AMD:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Enthusiast Series CX430 - $44.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Asrock A75 Pro 4 FM1 - $89.99
CPU: 2.6 GHz AMD A6-3850 - $109.99
RAM: PNY Optima 4GB 1333MHz - $19.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Sony 22X DVD Burner - $17.99

Total: $422.93 - $30.00 MIR = $392.93

Intel:

Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 - $49.99 ($10.00 MIR)
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX500 - $59.99 ($10.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH67DLCB3 - $89.99
CPU: 3.30Ghz Intel Core i3-2120 - $127.99
RAM: PNY Optima 4GB 1333MHz - $19.99
HD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $84.99
Optical: Sony 22X DVD Burner - $17.99

Total: $450.93 - $20.00 MIR = $430.93

The Intel board has a way better CPU - the motherboard is about the same, and the same RAM and HD/storage setup applies to both builds. The A75 has a built in Radeon 6670 while the Intel has onboard graphics. If you want a GPU for the Intel build the Sapphire Radeon 6770 is a solid low budget choice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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March 2, 2012 4:53:33 PM

which one do u think is the most reliable?
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March 2, 2012 4:55:33 PM

yogi6994 said:
which one do u think is the most reliable?


You can't go wrong either way - the Intel build will run a bit more but it provides the most upgrade opportunities over the AMD build - both have a lot of solid components in them and they will both last a long time.
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March 2, 2012 4:56:11 PM

yogi6994 said:
which one do u think is the most reliable?

For his, the Intel Build is gonna be the best. Intel does great all around. AMD is best for the Budget Builder
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March 2, 2012 5:05:21 PM

Usually for durable/reliability builds I stick with Intel CPU/mobo, they're extremely stable.

For very light usage you could use:
Combo Intel Pentium G620 + LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer - $83.98
Intel BOXDH67GDB3 - Micro ATX motherboard - $89.99
G.SKILL Value 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 - $19.99
Antec Minuet350 Piano Black Steel MicroATX Slim Case + 80Plus certified PSU - $89.99 + $12.99 Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB - $89.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM - $99.99

Total: $486,92 (with Windows 7)

I like this kind of non-gaming build. Some tiny/micro silent case
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March 2, 2012 5:18:43 PM

Best answer selected by yogi6994.
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March 2, 2012 5:21:24 PM

g-unit1111 said:
You can't go wrong either way - the Intel build will run a bit more but it provides the most upgrade opportunities over the AMD build - both have a lot of solid components in them and they will both last a long time.

thanks a lot, i will probably go with the intel build i appreciate your help :) 
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March 2, 2012 5:33:34 PM

yogi6994 said:
thanks a lot, i will probably go with the intel build i appreciate your help :) 


No problem - that should be a good build, I use a lot of the same components.
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March 2, 2012 5:43:31 PM

g-unit1111 said:
No problem - that should be a good build, I use a lot of the same components.

Yea, i want something that won't give them troubles and will last for a while, and that i could upgrade later on if needed.
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March 2, 2012 5:48:53 PM

yogi6994 said:
Yea, i want something that won't give them troubles and will last for a while, and that i could upgrade later on if needed.


That will be Intel then - the FM1 is pretty much a dead-end socket unless AMD has other plans for it.
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