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January 29, 2013 4:46:09 PM

I intend to build a new rig for a family member in a few weeks, with it being mainly used for generic tasks such as surfing the web, as well as some photo editing and light gaming. They already have a HDD and optical drive, so I am looking for recommendations for a graphics card, cpu, motherboard, case, ram and power supply. I haven't looked at components in a while so I am a bit out of the loop but I was thinking that an am3+ motherboard, 8GB DDR3 ram and a phenom X6 or fx series would be a good place to start. They would like to spend as little as possibile, preferably below 350 but 400 maximum, with cost to performance ratio as well as future proofing being the preferred attributes. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks
January 29, 2013 5:47:28 PM

http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShocker.aspx?cm_sp=S.... Your requirements aren't that great. The shellshocker specials are a good starting point; newegg sells about 2 per week that include most everything but the operating system; a few have a separate video card. Here's some more:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $25
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $30 after rebate; requires you use a leftover power cord, which most folks have
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $115 after promo code
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $44

Total: about $274 after rebates and promo codes (you have to register with newegg for any promo codes to work). The onboard video with this newest amd cpu may be all you need for light gaming and photo editing. If you don't like it, you can go with a 7750 chipset video card later.
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