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Cheapest mini computer money can buy?

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February 5, 2013 4:20:19 PM

My buddy is asking me to build him something for literally as cheap as possible, any tips on what i should to build? This computer is only going to be used to web browsing and email so it doesn't have to be all that. I was looking at this mini barebones computer:

If i was to buy this would it be the best route possible? Also what else would I need to buy to make this a usable computer, does it come with the CPU and stuff? I'm only used to building gaming PCs. Thanks in advance :hello: 
February 5, 2013 4:23:29 PM

Nah you can do better with an AMD apu. The A6 is a cheap one for only $75. If he is willing to pay more. I'd go for the A10 for $130

Heres a build I attempted to do:

PCPartPicker part list:
Price breakdown by merchant:

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($72.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Patriot Signature 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($20.99 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $264.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-05 13:33 EST-0500)
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February 5, 2013 4:35:08 PM

ok, i threw together a computer using this processor, how does this look?

Rosewill FBM-01 Dual Fans MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 ST250DM001 / HD253GJ 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

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

G.SKILL NS 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9S-2GBNS

AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU (CPU + GPU) with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 7540D AD540KOKHJBOX
February 5, 2013 4:36:24 PM

oh nice, thanks for the build!
February 5, 2013 4:36:38 PM

How much does this cost? It sacrificing a lot of stuff. Its better to get 4 gb ram because the gpu on the AMD A6 will be using that. Take a look at the one I tried.
February 5, 2013 4:42:07 PM

Its better to get 4 gb ram because the gpu on the AMD A6 will be using that

Correct. Faster RAM too, if possible, go for the fastest you can afford.
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February 5, 2013 6:08:30 PM

Assuming you want a machine capable of runing win7, there's many cheaper options than the A series. If you think he'd like to be able to watch HD videos at some point, I'd recommend an e-350 platform. These are CPU's integrated into the mobo like intel's atom platform, but are more powerful CPU's, and much more powerful GPU's.

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February 5, 2013 7:06:28 PM

Aristotelian said:
AMD E350 APU & MB would run slower than A6 but it would get you on the internet and would certainly be closest to "cheapest possible." Here is a Biostar for $80, which would save $50 over the above build:

February 5, 2013 8:18:13 PM

Thanks you guys, you've been a lot of help! :bounce: