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July 16, 2012 9:08:35 AM

So I am building a computer for a relative who only needs to browse the internet read her email and right word documents at the most maybe stream youtube with out a hiccup.

The problem is that I don't even know where to start as far as hardware goes this far down the rung I'm used to building 1.5k to 2k+ computers the acronym APU is completely foreign to me I did a few searches on the board and am not seeing anything on builds going this cheap but I saw they have DIY combos starting at 280 with everything you need in them that looked good but I have no idea how this hardware performs and am not sure how to even rank it.

So I would be greatly appreciative of some assistance be it with understanding this kind of market or just being provided with a build or linked to a few good articles that talk about these kind of builds. I tried searching through toms past article and found nothing on sub 400 builds.

Thank you for your time and assistance!

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July 16, 2012 9:28:28 AM

Hmm at that price point and needs, the latest integrated graphics would suffice, and if u didn't have an OS on hand, consider Linux? If u can spot good deals i would think landing something like a G530/H61 based config would be a good buy?
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July 16, 2012 1:56:51 PM

You also might be able to find some decent cheap laptops in that price range as well. I've seen ones on Dell go for under $400 pretty regularly.

The Tom's news section also has a section with deals every evening - you may be able to get lucky on a decent PC one day if you keep your eyes peeled.
July 17, 2012 9:50:33 AM

On a personal note i am holding out for a Windows 8 Trinity based tablet 10" :p 
July 17, 2012 1:15:19 PM

Newegg is having a sale, and you can pick up a 15.6" Asus laptop with a B-series Pentium in it for $330. There might be other laptops on sale; that was just the first one I saw.
July 17, 2012 2:35:39 PM

CPU: : Intel Celeron G530 Dual-Core ($45.59) -

Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard ($44.99) -

Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case ($29.99) -

RAM: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM ($21.99) -

Hard Drive: Samsung by Seagate Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ/ST500DM005 500GB ($69.99) -

Powersupply: SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W ATX12V V2.3 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply ($39.99) -

Optical Drive: SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner ($13.99) -

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99)- or Any linux distribution ($0)

Total: $366.52 with Windows 7 or $266.53 with linux
July 25, 2012 5:18:37 PM

Another Build Would be the following:

Processor: AMD A4-3300 ($54.99):

Motherboard: ASUS F1A55-M LX PLUS FM1 AMD A55 ($42.99):

RAM: Pareema 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 ($19.99):

Hard Drive: Western Digital AV-GP WD2500AVVS 250GB ($44.99):

Optical Drive: LITE-ON DVD Burner ($17.99)

Power Supply: With Case

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium ($99.99) or Any linux operating system ($0)

Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK-450W MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with 1x 120mm Fan, 450W Power Supply ($42.49 after Promo):

Total Price: Windows System - $323.43
Linux System - $223.44
August 1, 2012 10:25:27 PM

Im very sorry to not reply to this thread I made a couple posts on different forums and forgot this one because I used an email i dont normally check here is the build I went with and it fulfills its purpose 20 times over.

AMD A4-3400 Llano 2.7GHz Socket FM1 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D AD3400OJHXBOX

Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model BLT2KIT2G3D1869DT1TX0

Sentey Slim 2420 Slim Flex Case w/ Power Supply SECC .7mm 2x USB/1x Fan/Micro ATX-ITX

BIOSTAR TA75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

OCZ Agility 3 AGT3-25SAT3-60G 2.5" 60GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Refurbished: Logitech MK520 Black USB RF Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard & Mouse Combo

So pretty much exactly 300 not counting the Monitor and Keyboard+mouse combo and this thing runs spectacularly. I even gto a 64 gb flash drive for 12 dollars for overflow files.