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December 26, 2012 11:32:13 PM

Hello everyone! My grandmother has recently been introduced to the current century and obviously her Windows ME PC isn't going to cut it in today's world. I was looking online for some PCs, but see that the specs are rather low for the price asked. (Dell, HP, etc.) I'm comfortable building it, as I build my gaming PCs, however I have no clue what kind of parts would be good for just simple web browsing and such. Pretty much what the average PC user would do, including a lot of skype calls. I already have the monitor and stuff, all I would need is the parts, not including Windows. I also don't need an optical drive, due to me having a spare one. Can anyone help me pick some parts that would suit an average PC user, while being semi upgradable in the future? I'm trying to keep it around 300ish for the total price as well.


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December 26, 2012 11:35:05 PM

300 GBP or usd? your location?
it would be pentium or amd apu.... let see
December 26, 2012 11:52:44 PM

300 USD / Florida / I'm used to intel CPUs, but don't really care whether it's intel or amd due to it not being for gaming.
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December 27, 2012 4:21:13 PM

I have picked some parts out, would these work nicely?

CPU: AMD FX-4100 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Microcenter)

Motherboard: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)

Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($15.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.16 @ Amazon)

Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($35.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)

Total: $325.10
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 13:20 EST-0500)

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December 27, 2012 5:02:43 PM

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CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-B75M-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($63.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.15 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($34.90 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.14 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $287.64
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-12-27 14:02 EST-0500)
December 27, 2012 7:41:52 PM

Awesome! Thanks!
December 27, 2012 7:42:00 PM

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