VERY budget regular desktop build

Hello,

I'm trying to build new desktop for light home use. Internet, email, chat, browsing, photos.
No games, video processing or heavy image processing, so I guess even built-in graphics is OK

I have Monitor, PC case (mid-tower), PSU (500W), external HDD and keyboard/mouse which I can reuse. And Win7.

Can you recommend CPU/MB/Memory/SSD which will cover me for those light tasks. I do not want to spend >$200, preferably less. I do not need WiFi either, if it matters.

Priorities are:
1. Cheap/Cheap/Cheap
2. Energy efficient
3. Robust (plan to use it for years)
4. Desktop only. NO laptop


Thanks
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  1. I don't think your external HDD is going to work very good for windows 7 as installing windows 7 to usb isn't supported.

    Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116408

    Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315

    Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313101

    Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148693

    Total $130
  2. You will have to install Windows onto the internal hard drive, but I included a smaller SSD for you.
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/hSSU

    Just as a side note, 2GB may not be enough even for some basic tasks. Also, avoid refurbished hard drives. They are one of those products that you should just buy new.
  3. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $163.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 21:27 EDT-0400)
  4. Take this statement as neutral because I personally have no experience in the matter. I have heard from friends that they have issues with OCZ SSD's. I know that Corsair makes a solid product and OCZ may as well, but I have heard bad things about them.
  5. shafe88 said:
    I don't think your external HDD is going to work very good for windows 7 as installing windows 7 to usb isn't supported.

    Processor- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116408

    Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157315

    Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820313101

    Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148693

    Total $130

    good overall' but MB does not have hdmi
  6. ScrewySqrl said:
    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-3400 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.99 @ CompUSA)
    Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Total: $163.96
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-09-18 21:27 EDT-0400)



    any reason to choose a4 vs Intel Celeron g530/540/... ?
  7. bogdatov said:
    good overall' but MB does not have hdmi

    Hears a alternate motherboard with HDMI

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135288
  8. bogdatov said:
    any reason to choose a4 vs Intel Celeron g530/540/... ?
    If you plan on doing no gaming as you stated, the celeron is the better choice, The celeron cores are a little bit faster than the A4, and plus the celeron is $10 cheaper than the A4 on newegg. To me their is no point in spending $10 more for better graphics performance when it's not going to be used for gaming.
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