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December 17, 2012 6:09:57 PM

Building a new computer and I'm looking for your guys input before I go ahead and buy.

Before I list specs, this isn't a gaming computer. I'm building this for my family cause it's Christmas soon, and both of the laptops we had went to *** and I'm the only one with a computer. It's mainly going to be used for basic things (email, facebook, flash games, youtube). So I'm sure I'm over my head with this build and spending more than I need to. I'm only 17 and I want to spend as little as possible (lol) but I also want it to run smoothly and consistently for the things we'll be doing. So feel free to downgrade my specs if it means spending less money but still being sufficient.

Also, I use newegg and I'd rather the components be AMD/Nvidia cause that's what I'm using for my build at the moment and it works perfect for me. Almost forgot the most important part. The cutoff for my budget is $600, give or take a few bucks. But I'd rather spend less. We already have all the external components we need (monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers).

I don't have a video card chosen nor a psu yet.

Mobo: ASRock 970 EXTREME3 AM3+ AMD 970 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD - $69.99

Ram: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL8D-8GBXM - $49.99

GPU: ?

PSU: ?

HDD: Western Digital WD Blue WD2500AAKX 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive - $59.99

OS: Windows 7 64bit (have extra copy) - $0

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor - $99.99

Case: COOLER MASTER HAF 912 - $59.99

ASUS DVD Burner Black SATA Model DRW-24B3ST/BLK/G/AS - $24.99

Comes out to a total of $364.94.

Suggestions?

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December 17, 2012 6:31:02 PM

For the purposes you listed you can simplify your build and fo for integrated solution on gpu staying in the budget and not losing performance.

Here's build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.49 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($60.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($35.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.89 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $354.32
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 15:30 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
December 17, 2012 6:35:40 PM

Just thought I would add my two cents (if it's worth it).

I stuck with Newegg for every purchase (some shipping involved) and stuck with the CPU of your choice and CPU Socket (could be good for CPU upgrade with AM3+). Did choose a board with integrated graphics to save on GPU and a case that has a PSU included. Increased your HDD to 1TB (never know what the family will be putting on their).

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus M5A88-V EVO ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($107.86 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($40.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill R218-P-BK-450W ATX Mid Tower Case w/450W Power Supply ($67.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($24.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $411.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-17 15:36 EST-0500)
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December 17, 2012 7:07:23 PM

Thanks guys. They're both great builds and if I could select both answers I would. I'll be taking butremors case/psu and pairing it with cball's build and lowering the HDD to 500gb. Grandparents don't really download anything. My sister wont be downloading *** without my permission (shes the first one to download unnecessary stuff). So I won't need the 1tb.
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December 17, 2012 7:08:07 PM

Best answer selected by JeVoir.
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