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Friend wants a super cheap non-gaming PC and I'm attempting to deliver

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February 20, 2013 8:08:02 AM

They currently are using a ~10 year old desktop that, as you can imagine, is SLOW AS HELL. All she and her family use their PC for is web browsing, videos, and the occasional flash game. I'm used to building gaming rings, so I'm pretty much going out on a limb when I ask, "Should I just be grabbing the cheapest parts I can find that have good reviews?"

I already compiled a list of everything but the HDD (don't know how big they want), case, and cd/dvd drive, but I just wanted to make sure I'm not overlooking anything.

This is what I have so far:
300W SeaSonic PSU -
4GB DDR3 1333 G.Skill RAM -
ASRock Z75 Pro3 -
Intel Celeron G530 Sandy 2.4Ghz -

Total cost so far is $186 before shipping and tax. They just want to use their old CRT monitor and I have a spare VGA to DVI adapter, so no problems there.

Thanks ahead of time.

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February 20, 2013 9:06:03 AM

$250 all in, should be enough for their requirements.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Celeron G1620 2.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($57.28 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock H61M-DGS Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Crucial 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Compuvest)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $249.21
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-20 06:05 EST-0500)
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a b B Homebuilt system
February 20, 2013 9:18:02 AM

why not an AMD APU? much better graphics than the Intel HD graphics
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a b 4 Gaming
February 20, 2013 8:58:13 PM

Because they don't want it for gaming. Graphics isn't needed so Intel is a better choice.
February 20, 2013 9:10:30 PM

Best answer selected by YattaRX8.