300-350$ Basic computer for friend

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.
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  1. Intel Core i3-2100 (~125$) integrated graphics...
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078
    DVD drive (included with i3)

    ASRock H61M-GS MicroATX (~60$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157286

    Kingston Value 4GB RAM (~30$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139659

    Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB (~85$)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136769

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

    Still need an OS, monitor, keyboard/mouse, speakers, (wifi card?)...
  2. 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?
  3. Excellent! Choose a case/PSU combo and post it here :)
  4. 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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1148867&CatId=7238

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1269849&CatId=7242

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412135&CatId=4534

    ODD: Sony Optiarc AD7280S-OB 24x DVDRW Drive - 24x, SATA, Black, OEM 17.99$
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1387814&Sku=O451-1030%20OEM

    HDD: Western Digital WD2500AAKX Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 250GB, 3.5", SATA 6Gbps, 7200 RPM, 16MB 74.99$
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=160418&CatId=2458

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7239504&CatId=1509

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=422169&Sku=C13-2810

    OS:Ubuntu- free
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64BIT Operating System Software - OEM DVD, English 99.99$
    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5213932&CatId=306

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1148867&CatId=7182

    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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1412135&CatId=4534

    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!
  5. 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.
  6. +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.
  7. True he didn't mention gaming, sorry.
  8. 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
  9. 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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