Sub $300 Desktop for my little bro.

Hi,
I was recently commissioned by my parents to research a decent sub300 desktop for my brother. Up till recently, he was using a machine I had built from scavenged parts.

My only beef with boxed units is that they're no fun. I was hoping it would be possible to build a decent system under the budget.

Requirements:
Excellent CPU
No special Graphics card needed (He plays minecrafet at the most, and needs it for typing and light photoshop)
Decent amount of ram to run Win7
Decent, sturdy case,
Appropriate power unit.


Does anyone have any builds they can redommend, if so, please post.

Thanks
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  1. Can you use the hard drive over again?
  2. Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147123

    ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157331

    AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz (4.2GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7660D AD580KWOHJBOX

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

    Antec NEO ECO 400C 400W Continuous Power ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029

    G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1866 (PC3 14900) Desktop Memory Model F3-1866C9D-8GAB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231550

    this would come to around 290$ if you can reuse the hard drive/DVD rom if not you can down the ram to 4GB and down the APU to a A8 and probably get a 50$ hard drive.
  3. Do you have a Windows copy? If you dont, it will be hard to build a machine with just 200 bucks and a prebuild one would be your only option.


    With 300 bucks a QuadCore APU will be plenty.


    CPU - $120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

    Mobo - $90

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157342

    RAM - $37

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148543

    PSU - $38

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    Case - $45

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023


    Total: $330...

    Its $30 over the budget, but hey! that will be a pretty good machine and will be upgradeable. Also if it is for you little brother, i guess you can give him 30 bucks. just saying :P !
  4. horaciopz said:
    Do you have a Windows copy? If you dont, it will be hard to build a machine with just 200 bucks and a prebuild one would be your only option.


    With 300 bucks a QuadCore APU will be plenty.


    CPU - $120

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280

    Mobo - $90

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157342

    RAM - $37

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148543

    PSU - $38

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

    Case - $45

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147023


    Total: $330...

    Its $30 over the budget, but hey! that will be a pretty good machine and will be upgradeable. Also if it is for you little brother, i guess you can give him 30 bucks. just saying :P !


    +1 for build. And will be hard if you dont have OS
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