New build $200-250

Approximate Purchase Date: 2 weeks

Budget Range: $200-250 before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: general home usage, may upgrade later for very light gaming

Parts Not Required: OS, maybe hard drive, monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: rather open to this

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: most likely 1024x768

Additional Comments: My mom needs a computer for her work. She is a high school teacher so all it should be is simple power points, word documents, web, etc. My dad should be able to get windows cheap through his work so we are just going to leave that out of the current budget. Now here is the catch. My little brothers have been bugging me to let them use my current computer to play games on. Fortunately these games are easy to run, such as minecraft. They also have a ps3 to cover any of the more demanding games. So would an amd apu be the best option or would a cheap pentium suffice until a potential graphics card upgrade. I would also like the motherboard to have a hdmi port. Then there is the hard drive. Our family laptop died a while ago (reason for this build) and the hard drive is still good. I already backed up the data so could I wipe the data and reuse it for this build? Thanks in advance for any help.

What I have been thinking

possibly optional
so a total of either $212 or $282. Really trying to keep this down due to my mother only covering $100, but any worthwhile upgrade will be considered.
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  1. Buy a pre-built refurb PC....everything is provided, but the monitor. No gaming however. Or buy a used one locally.

  2. If you live near Microcenter, they have pretty much everything for cheap. You can get an AMD Phenom II x4 for $100, and it comes with a free mobo. You can get a good mATX case for $20 from there. The PSU included with that case up there is very cheap, and it's better to get a separate one.

    If you don't have a Microcenter, just get an APU from AMD.
  3. Microcenter is out of the question, probably at least a couple hundred miles away. My mom doesn't want a second hand computer either, she doesn't trust it.
    So maybe something more like this.
  4. Get this Newegg CPU+Mobo bundle. $95, so you'll save a bit.
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