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A family member's computer stopped working a few days ago and they asked me to build them a new one. All they do is check their email and browse the internet.

I've chosen to purchase the X4 840 with the Gigabyte 760G mATX mobo from MicroCenter for $100.

I need some help deciding on the RAM and PSU. They only need 2GB of RAM and on the mobo specs it recommends a PSU of at least 500W but I'm not sure that's really necessary since their just running the on board GPU (and no overclocking).

$50 for the PSU
Cheapest decent DDR3 RAM @ 2GB

I would like to purchase within the next 2 hours.

Also, I would like to buy the parts from Amazon because I'm a prime member and next day shipping is only $4.

OR

I can buy the parts at Micro Center when I go to pick up the CPU/Mobo. Whichever way is cheaper.



Thanks in advance.
Edited by roadlesstraveled - 5/17/11 at 7:59pm
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cheapest ram you can find

get a corsair cheap psu
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post #3 of 39
So whats the budget you're trying to adhere to? Are there any parts from the old system that have survived and will be transitioning over? Do you need an operating system or is there a good license still available from the other PC?

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post #4 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by masonkian View Post
cheapest ram you can find

get a corsair cheap psu
I agree
Excellent answer .
   
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post #5 of 39

Corsair offers a 430W "builder" PSU for about $50. It might be worth looking into.


Edit - $30 after rebate too!
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post #6 of 39
think the 840 is abit overkill.

never skimp on the psu leave the generic stuff on the shelf

get the corsair
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post #7 of 39
Quote:
Originally Posted by roadlesstraveled View Post
A family member's computer stopped working a few days ago and they asked me to build them a new one. All they do is check their email and browse the internet.

I've chosen to purchase the X4 840 with the Gigabyte 760G mATX mobo from MicroCenter for $100.

I need some help deciding on the RAM and PSU. They only need 2GB of RAM and on the mobo specs it recommends a PSU of at least 500W but I'm not sure that's really necessary since their just running the on board GPU (and no overclocking).

$50 for the PSU
Cheapest decent DDR3 RAM @ 2GB

I would like to purchase within the next 2 hours.

Also, I would like to buy the parts from Amazon because I'm a prime member and next day shipping is only $4.

OR

I can buy the parts at Micro Center when I go to pick up the CPU/Mobo. Whichever way is cheaper.



Thanks in advance.
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post #8 of 39
If you can snag a 785G to go with that Ph II that would work out pretty well.

Also: Can you cannibalize any parts off the old machine? (HD, RAM, etc?)
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post #9 of 39
Thread Starter 
Here's what I'm asking:

What's the best $50 PSU from Micro Center or Amazon?
What DDR3 RAM should go with from Micro Center or Amazon?
Is 500W necessary for the PSU when they will be using the on board GPU and they won't be overclocking?

I didn't put in info about anything else because I don't have any other questions. You shouldn't need more info to answer the above questions. Since you asked:
I have a valid license for Windows 7
The case / DVD drive / HDD will be transferred over.

EDIT: Thanks for the quick replies.

JeixJarf - I know it's $4 per item
Quantum - why spend extra on the 785G?
masonkian - what would you suggest? I chose the 840 because of the combo deal at Micro Center. The X2 560BE was only $10 cheaper and the black edition doesn't matter since this PC won't be overclocked.
Edited by roadlesstraveled - 5/17/11 at 12:05pm
post #10 of 39
Ok, so the RAM is likely DDR then. Ok, so snag a 785G that can take DDR3 and get any good name brand DDR3 (Kingston, Corsair, G.Skill...) you care to obtain. 500W is pretty ample and I would highly recommend even a Cooler Master PSU over whatever no-name hunk-o-junk is likely in the old system which pooped.
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