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Building new Computer hopefully under 200

Building my mother a computer if I can get it under 200.
Her computer sucks, all she does after a hard day of work if she isn't making food (single mom of 3) is want to watch Korean dramas and browse some Korean news. Her old computer is slow, freezes and just overall I feel bad.

I can get a case and optical drive from work. Don't need advice on Ram , I can also get windows 7 and all software.

I just need advice on motherboard, processor, fans, power supplies, and maybe a hard drive. (I just need these to equal less than $200)

I could also get power supplies, fans, and a hard drive from work if the cost will rise too much but these would be a little out dated unless I am lucky.

As long as the computer isn't slow or freezes, she'll be happy.
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  1. A little over budget but if you can get either RAM, PSU or HDD from work then that should bring it under.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G550 2.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.33 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: ASRock B75M-GL Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M8 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $221.18
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 04:51 EST-0500)
  2. I was looking at AMD CPUs since I've always done AMD for my gaming rigs. Any reason to pick Intel for this?
  3. Personal preference, i know more about intel and generally intel is better for most tasks than AMD.
  4. Here's my thoughts for AMD build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($46.76 @ DirectCanada)
    Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.63 @ DirectCanada)
    Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($27.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Samsung Spinpoint M8 320GB 2.5" 5400RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($39.88 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $224.25
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 05:04 EST-0500)
  5. Since I think CPU is the most important I think I will go with AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition, get a good MOBO, Storage, get the rest from work and upgrade later on depending on what it needs.
    What Mobo, 40-60$ would be good for the CPU?
  6. Best answer
    Made ammendments to what you wanted.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($84.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: MSI 880GMS-E41 (FX) Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($48.98 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.84 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 160GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($43.90 @ Compuvest)
    Total: $211.71
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-25 05:18 EST-0500)
  7. Thanks Mike, I am going to sleep though and will maybe ask more questions tomorrow.
  8. Best answer selected by kolkim.
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