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Hey Guys,

I need some help on building a new separate family computer for our old one is..old (7 years). Something not real expensive or high tech. Mainly for use of surfin' the web, using skype, email, the simple things.

Approximate Purchase Date: This Month

Budget Range: Max is $500. Preferably lower. Low as you can! (going cheap!)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Web, Email, Skype usage and MSN, related social networking sites.

Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse and printer.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Most used is then,

Country: United States

Parts Preferences: I'd like Intel MOBO & CPU preferably, Corsair PSU I like, Western Digital HDD, Mini-mid size Tower case. Whatever YOU think is reliable. If you think I don't need one or any of the brands for this type of build tell me your alternative, I'm open to suggestions.

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Negative

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024. (1440x990 if I decide to get a bigger monitor :D)

Additional Comments: Priority is quiet sounding PC, decent speed, up-to-date with everything. This PC is most likely going to be used by the females of the family majority of the time. As I said earlier this is a family computer no extreme gaming or editing at all.


(They wanted the color to be pink hehe)
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  2. At your price range you would be best to buy a LAPTOP. You can hook it up to a monitor.

    There are two ways to go in general:

    1) Intel CPU + integrated Intel graphics (faster CPU, but lower graphics)

    2) AMD APU (CPU+GPU) (slower CPU, faster graphics, best value for gaming at low price)

    My advice would be to get a laptop with an AMD A6 series APU.

    It's very difficult to build a $500 computer. It's $100 for Windows alone. Don't forget you can use the laptop screen buy itself, WITH a separate monitor, or ONLY use the attached monitor.

    Good luck.
  3. Oh man didn't think it would be more than I thought...hmmm I can reconsider...What you recommend then?

    Thanks for the reply.
  4. ekkstra said:
    Oh man didn't think it would be more than I thought...hmmm I can reconsider...What you recommend then?

    Thanks for the reply.

    The build i linked for you was way under budget....
  5. Can you re-link? It saying page not found :(
  6. kelthic said:

    ekkstra said:
    Can you re-link? It saying page not found :(

    Above are the links for the build i suggested. they all work for me.
  7. Sweet man I can see the links I can see them!(could of been my internet) Overall sounds good! I might replace the case for this one
    because they don't like to see what the inside looks so I think this should be a good replacement.

    I'll probably add a graphics card later on but for now this is fine ;)
  8. No problem. i do remember you said they wanted pink, so i'm going to throw one more out there even though it's probably put you outside of your price range, just in case they are set on the pink color.
  9. Yeah haha I looked into that case too, just a bit expensive but I'll pick one eventually. Sorry for late reply but thanks for all the help!
  10. Best answer selected by ekkstra.
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