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[Build Ready] Feedback for a budget, light-use build (<$300)

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July 17, 2012 4:55:38 AM


First time posting on these forums - read a lot of useful things here though.

I'm building a desktop for my parents, preferably going for a $300 budget. They only use it for online browsing, video chatting (Skype) email, and downloading, streaming, and watching movies.

That being said, here is my build:

EDIT: Just read the sticky.. sorry!

Approximate Purchase Date: - Within this week
Budget Range: <$300
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Downloading and/or streaming movies, Skype video chatting, online browsing, email
Parts Not Required: Operating system, mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, Wireless Card (?)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: - have parts, prices, and websites listed in the link
Country: New York, USA
Parts Preferences: I like AMD CPU and Asrock Mobos - Don't care too much for everything else - Maybe a preference for Western Digital
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Recommended resolution on monitor: 1440 x 900
Additional Comments: Few things I want to ask right off the bat:
1. Is the power supply sufficient?
2. Will everything fit inside the microATX tower?
3. Will overheating/ventilation be an issue?
4. The AMD CPU comes with a stock fan - are these usually small enough to fit inside cases roughly the size of my microATX tower?
5. I have a personal hatred/bias against integrated graphics so I feel as though my judgement would be clouded - would the ATI Radeon HD 4250 be sufficient for the purposes I discussed above?

Any other obvious issues regarding compatibility or personal experiences with these parts would be great!

Thanks for taking the time to read this long, convoluted post!

CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2GHz Triple-Core Processor - $60 on Newegg until 7/18
Graphics: Integrated (ATI Radeon HD 4250)
Motherboard: ASRock 880GM-LE FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard - $62
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Green 320GB 3.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive - $50
Case: Thermaltake VI5000BNS MicroATX Mid Tower Case - $41
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply - $35
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer - $18

EDIT: I also do not need a mouse, keyboard, speakers, operating system, microphone, webcam, or monitor

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July 18, 2012 2:32:06 AM

If anyone could give last minute feedback, it would be very much appreciated... ordering the parts soon

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July 18, 2012 2:53:27 AM

it looks ok, but here's a slightly more robust build:

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CPU: AMD A6-3670K 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.00 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($54.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($26.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill R101-P-BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($25.50 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec 380W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $295.44
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)

a true quad core and better on board graphics -- everything will fit and the case has excellent cooling.
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July 18, 2012 3:20:27 AM

wow I actually didn't know you could even have graphics integrated on a CPU lol

This is actually a really nice build, thanks very much haha.
I don't know much anything about power supplies - would 380w be sufficient? seems a bit low
July 18, 2012 3:24:14 AM

the 380W is plenty for this build. the AMD APUs have good on-board graphicsm, roughly equal to an entry-level GPU. The A6-3670K has a 6530D built into the chip, similar to a HD 5550 or 4630
July 18, 2012 4:05:39 AM

Thanks very much! I ordered the build you suggested. I'll select yours as the best answer but first I have a question.

This may seem dumb but... I took another look at the motherboard, and at both the microATX case in my build and in yours, and I don't see how the motherboard pieces will fit into the back of the case... The slots don't match up...

Am I just being dumb? I really hope I am lol

EDIT: I'm guessing you can punch out the entire panel on the case when it arrives?
July 18, 2012 4:10:02 AM

Best answer selected by potatoknight.
July 18, 2012 11:30:28 AM

the rosewill R101 is a micro-atx only case. it has built-in-risers that match up with your board