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November 13, 2012 5:28:44 AM

The primary use of my computer is surfing the internet. I have a monitor, and would like to connect the computer to my TV (60 inch LCD if that matters). I don't need Windows.

I live in California, and there is a MicroCenter within driving distance.

I prefer Intel, but I read the new AMD processors aren't too bad.
I would like a quad core but not too sure if I need it. It would be nice to have a quick computer though.
If possible I would like an SSD (heard its quick for bootup?) I would probably need a secondary hard drive if I get an SSD.

My budget is $400 but I can over spend a little bit (less is better of course!).

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November 13, 2012 5:41:44 AM

Any other uses? In all seriousness, a dual-core i3 or even a Pentium would be more than capable for just surfing the itnernet.
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November 13, 2012 5:48:39 AM

I currently use my roommates Pentium D with 2 gigs of ram and its really slow.
Sometimes I watch movies from his computer to my TV and it's pretty slow too.

I also use DJ applications (Virtual DJ).

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November 13, 2012 5:56:53 AM

2gb of RAM is insufficient nowadays, especially with Windows 7.

You can try getting a 4gb or even a 8gb RAM kit first and see if it helps with the slow performance. Make sure it's 1600MHz and CL9.
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November 13, 2012 8:49:34 PM

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/nCFu

This is what I tried out.
Is there anywhere I can cut some corners?

How big of an SSD I would need if I wanted to run it only to boot the computer?
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November 14, 2012 1:05:05 AM

You can just get an A10-5800k and a matching FM2 motherboard so you won't need a GPU anymore.

Pretty sure the APU's IGP is more or less better than the 6450.
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