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February 25, 2013 11:57:53 PM

Ok, so i just build myself a gaming computer. And with the help from you guys it came out awesome. Now that my parents have seen what i can do. I have been givin the task of making them a office pc. theirs is very dated. I have some ideas about what i can do. Buy i am trying to stay with a very low budget. Cheapest possible that will run fast. This is what we are looking for.

-Fast browser speed
-Decently Quick load times
-The only game the play is a facebook game called Candy Crush(still wouldn't mind the pc to have good integrated graphics i feel for them discrete graphics really wouldn't be needed.


-Here is the challenge, im trying for there sake to stay as cheap as i can. Since i told them i could build them a better system for what they could go out and buy. I would like the budget to stay under $300




So i was almost thinking maybe a cheaper Apu build? or is there something intel offers better? 4gigs of ram. 120gb hard drive is more then enough for them, since the biggest files they save are Spreadsheets.

Thank you guys for your help.

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February 26, 2013 12:45:54 AM

something like this?

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1L0
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1L0/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1L0/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($39.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $248.94
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 21:40 EST-0500)

or this

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1Pw
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1Pw/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/G1Pw/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($25.48 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Plextor M5S Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($94.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (White) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $290.42
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-25 21:45 EST-0500)
February 26, 2013 1:02:49 AM

I like that first build, what does the integrated graphics in the a4 compare to on a discrete graphics lvl? I also do not see them needing 8gigs of of ram since the OS they will be using is a old version of windows xp. so they can save a little money there. Thank you for giving me something to go off a little. Its kind of what i had in mind.
February 26, 2013 1:21:57 AM

clipso said:
I like that first build, what does the integrated graphics in the a4 compare to on a discrete graphics lvl? I also do not see them needing 8gigs of of ram since the OS they will be using is a old version of windows xp. so they can save a little money there. Thank you for giving me something to go off a little. Its kind of what i had in mind.

it is much more weaker then a discrete graphics card... however it is more than enough if you're just going to play some flash games... you can also add in another HD 6670 for Hybrid Crossfirex and expect more performance gain...
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