Budget Grandma Build :] Let's hook her up.

Approximate Purchase Date:This Month

Budget Range: Unsure, would like to keep the cost down to 200-350$ Many might suggest a prebuilt at this price range, but im sure she would love the fact that i built it for her rather than just bought one at the store you know? but anyways the cheaper the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the Internet, Word Processing, Watching Videos, Streaming Netflix to TV
Typical Grandma Stuff, doesnt need to be able to play games. Multi Tasking is important though.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: None

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:Wherever the deals are.

Location: Southern California, Access to both Fry's and Microcenter

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: Doubt i would need to but Possible.

SLI or Crossfire: No, my grandma is not that extreme.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024, might need to upgrade my grandma to a 1600x900 :]

Additional Comments: Would like a case that is pretty easy to clean. Integrated wifi would be a + make things easy for her.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: My grandma's pc is a almost 10 years old now.. Its time.
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  1. I mocked up a build on PCPartPicker How does it look
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/H2sb

    276$ without a case, Can anyone do better :]
  2. can anyone recommend a stylish case?
  3. Hook your grandma up with a http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119252

    Cmon now, you know she deserves it.

    Fyi, the case is most likely bigger than her. True facts
  4. Ok. Here's something more affordable. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003YVJJ5Y/?tag=pcpapi-20

    Solid case, and all grandmas need an LED on their pc.
  5. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3/benchmarks/

    Motherboard/cpu: Zotac FUSION350-A-E Mini ITX E-Series E-Series E-350 Motherboard ($144.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Case: Apex MI-100BK Mini ITX Tower Case w/250W Power Supply ($47.44 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $293.09
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 17:26 EST-0500)
  6. bodeen2012 said:
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/HiV3/benchmarks/

    Motherboard/cpu: Zotac FUSION350-A-E Mini ITX E-Series E-Series E-350 Motherboard ($144.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Case: Apex MI-100BK Mini ITX Tower Case w/250W Power Supply ($47.44 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $293.09
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 17:26 EST-0500)

    No PSU/CPU and ugly case.
  7. techdude9 said:
    No PSU/CPU and ugly case.
    the cpu is built into the motherboard . and can u not read it says 250 watt psu.
  8. techdude9 said:
    No PSU/CPU and ugly case.



    i agree ugly case :]
    cpu is integrated in mobo, and psu is part of case.


    As for the Cosmos, i have seen it in person lol and i agree bigger than her. I think a case without led's might be better for her ill just check out the egg's
  9. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hj3F
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hj3F/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hj3F/benchmarks/

    Motherboard: Zotac FUSION350-A-E Mini ITX E-Series E-Series E-350 Motherboard ($144.55 @ SuperBiiz)
    Memory: Mushkin Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($24.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.14 @ Amazon)
    Case: Rosewill RS-MI-01 BK Mini ITX Tower Case w/250W Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $295.64
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 17:39 EST-0500)
  10. subsect said:
    i agree ugly case :]
    cpu is integrated in mobo, and psu is part of case.


    As for the Cosmos, i have seen it in person lol and i agree bigger than her. I think a case without led's might be better for her ill just check out the egg's

    Haha yeah. The LED's won't blind her or anything though. Some alternatives. All high quality, solid and recommended.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005869A16/?tag=pcpapi-20
    http://www.outletpc.com/je6393.html?utm_source=je6393&utm_medium=shopping%2Bengine&utm_campaign=pcpartpicker - More expensive
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002UDK9U6/?tag=pcpapi-20
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147159&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GXZ8MM/?tag=pcpapi-20
  11. you could go with this
    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hjl1
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hjl1/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hjl1/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A4-5300 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($31.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.60 @ Compuvest)
    Case: Zalman Z5 Plus ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $303.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-03 17:56 EST-0500)
  12. bodeen2012 said:
    the cpu is built into the motherboard . and can u not read it says 250 watt psu.

    Didn't read it.
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