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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  1. 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?
  2. This would do fine

    But you can buy systems at that price
  3. 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.
  4. On a personal note i am holding out for a Windows 8 Trinity based tablet 10" :P
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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.
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