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VERY budget regular desktop build

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September 18, 2012 7:17:46 PM

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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September 19, 2012 1:17:59 AM

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.
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September 19, 2012 1:27:08 AM

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)
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September 19, 2012 1:35:20 AM

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.
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September 19, 2012 10:18:56 PM

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=N82E168...

Motherboard- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Hard Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total $130

good overall' but MB does not have hdmi
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September 19, 2012 10:22:41 PM

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/... ?
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September 20, 2012 6:36:51 PM

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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