Under 500$ including OS

Hi everybody.
I'm trying to get my sister a computer for under $500 because she doesn't want to pay much, but she is willing to go a higher if the benifits are great enough.

I've never built a computer before, I've only upgraded video cards, installed DVD drives and PSU's and thats it.
So I want the least amount of building as possible.
I want a computer that has a 2nd gen core i3 or i5. unless the 3rd gen is coming soon.. any info on that?
anyway, 4 gigs of ram and an OS.
any ideas?
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  1. what is the computer going to be used for?
  2. Mostly internet stuff, with some HD video and very mild gaming (I think intel HD 2/3000 would suffice)
  3. well then

    i3 2100
    H61 mb
    2 x2 gig of RAM
    400 watt psu
  4. cuts it really short on funding!
    Ofcourse, there's always a $500 laptop, but if you want desktop items, $100 already go into the operating system (if you want Windows).

    That leaves $400 for remaining parts.

    For that money it's best to go with combo deals, or a preconfigured pc.
    If you want all in one, you'll have to do with netbook speeds like this one:

    Bump up the CPU to normal speeds, and we're talking about the $760 area.

    Desktops under 500 (screen, keyb, and mouse excluded), you'll get last generation hardware, which really isn't all that bad; it was the newest 6months to 3/4 a year ago, and it's not like you won't be able to run latest games on it (all but perhaps a handful).

    This one even comes with a keyboard and mouse, $509 but the $9 over the budget are well invested in the keyboard and mouse!

    If you want to create your own desktop from parts,
    Windows 7 costs $100.
    Get a corei3 with integrated graphics, cheap SATA2 harddrive (upgradeable in the future)
    Motherboard that supports USB3.0 ports, at least 4 or 8Gb of DDR3 2000 RAM memory (or faster), and a 450W powersupply.

    You could also select a Linux OS (which is free), and saves you $100 for the initial setup, so you can invest in a better CPU (core i5), mobo (more feats) and PSU (500W, for later expansion with a plugin graphics card), and/or RAM speed (faster RAM only costs marginally more).
    Only problem is, there's really not much you'll need a fast computer for in Linux.
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