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March 15, 2012 9:20:00 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks from now

Budget Range: 300-350$ USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( surfing the internet, watching movies, downloading music ) just basic stuff

Parts Not Required:-

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:-

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:Not sure here. but i think 1280x1024

(Additional Comments: Building this for a friend was like ill give you 300$ to build me a computer. He is basically just using it for the basic stuff web browsing and watchin movie etc. . His computer he has right now is all messed up and really old like 10 years ago. He wants something that will be fast and not slow.
March 15, 2012 9:45:28 PM

Intel Core i3-2100 (~125$) integrated graphics...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
DVD drive (included with i3)

ASRock H61M-GS MicroATX (~60$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston Value 4GB RAM (~30$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (~85$)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

MicroATX Case & tiny PSU kit (will not recommend one, whichever one looks good)

Still need an OS, monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, (wifi card?)...
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March 15, 2012 9:51:57 PM

ah shoot forgot to say i dont need a monitor key or mouse and speakers and i have a os alredy for him; wich is windows 7 64bit thats good?
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March 15, 2012 9:57:00 PM

Excellent! Choose a case/PSU combo and post it here :) 
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March 15, 2012 10:15:01 PM

Icee said:
Approximate Purchase Date: 2 Weeks from now

Budget Range: 300-350$ USD

System Usage from Most to Least Important: ( surfing the internet, watching movies, downloading music ) just basic stuff

Parts Not Required:-

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.com

Country: USA

Parts Preferences:-

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution:Not sure here. but i think 1280x1024

(Additional Comments: Building this for a friend was like ill give you 300$ to build me a computer. He is basically just using it for the basic stuff web browsing and watchin movie etc. . His computer he has right now is all messed up and really old like 10 years ago. He wants something that will be fast and not slow.


Cpu:AMD A4-Series AD3400OJGXBOX Dual-Core A4-3400 APU - 1MB L2 Cache, 2.7GHz, Socket FM1, Radeon HD 6410D (160 Cores), Dual Graphics Ready, DirectX 11, 65W, Fan, Retail 69.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Motherboard: BIOSTAR A55MH AMD A-Series Motherboard - Micro ATX, AMD A55 Chipset, 1866MHz DDR3, SATA 3.0 Gb/s, RAID, 6-CH Audio, Gigabit LAN, AMD Dual Graphics Ready 59.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: Crucial BLS4G3D1339DS1S00 Ballistix Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered 16.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

ODD: Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM 17.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

HDD: Western Digital WD2500AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 250GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 16MB 74.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Case: Cooler Master Elite 371 RC-371-KKN1 ATX Mid-Tower Case - ATX, Micro ATX, 3x Ext 5.25", 1x Ext 3.5", 5x Int 3.5", 2x USB 2.0 Front Ports, 1x 120mm Fan, Black 39.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

PSU: Corsair CMPSU-430CXV2 Builder Series™ CX430 Power Supply - 430W, 80 Plus, 120mm Fan, Single +12V Rail, Active PFC 39.99$ (with rebate 19.99$)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

OS:Ubuntu- free
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English 99.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Total: Ubuntu: 299.93 With rebate
Windows: 399.92 With rebate

To save money you could look at his current computer case and if its Micro-ATX, use it. Windows if preferred, but more expensive. Cheap build but able to run Console ports at mid quality in 720p (games). And if he were to put a little more i would suggest these:

CPU: AMD A6-Series AD3500OJGXBOX Triple-Core A6-3500 APU - 3MB L2 Cache, 2.1GHz (2.4GHz Max Turbo), Socket FM1, Radeon HD 6530D (320 Cores), Dual Graphics Ready, DirectX 11, 65W, Fan, Retail +10$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

RAM: Crucial BLS4G3D1339DS1S00 Ballistix Desktop Memory Module - 4GB, PC3-10600, DDR3-1333MHz, 240-pin DIMM, 1.5V, CL9, Non-ECC, Unbuffered (Another stick) +16.99$
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite...

Well this is what I'm looking at for my budget (Low, they don't pay high schoolers a lot!) And my laptop has the Mobile version of this and i couldn't ask for more in a cheap PC. Games I've played: Section 8 prejudice, NFS undercover, and COD 4. Also for very LIGHT overclocking try k10STAT. Good luck on the Build!
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March 15, 2012 10:20:37 PM

With the pre-mentioned Intel Core i3 build, That computer would be faster, but ooberly lag behind in graphics. BUT, the i3 has a lot more potential if he's the upgrading type. Just some 2 cents.
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March 15, 2012 10:59:28 PM

+1 for the ThermalTake V3 and Corsair Builder series 500w PSU.

I just built a pc using the ThermalTake V3. It wasn't the case I wanted, but I was happily surprised!

I chose the parts because you didn't mention anything about gaming... I still believe the lowest i3 is a good choice for what your friend will do with it.
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March 15, 2012 11:04:45 PM

True he didn't mention gaming, sorry.
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March 15, 2012 11:05:07 PM

Yep no gaming included at all just basic normal stuff lol xo so i guess ill use all u said and the thermaltake v3 and that psu i shall start ordering soon
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March 15, 2012 11:09:29 PM

Shawna593767 said:
With the pre-mentioned Intel Core i3 build, That computer would be faster, but ooberly lag behind in graphics. BUT, the i3 has a lot more potential if he's the upgrading type. Just some 2 cents.


The problem with the i3 build is it will not be possible to keep the budget at $300



The AMD llano build of yours makes a ot of sense IMO .
The only change Id make would be to change the RAM to a 2 x2 gig kit
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