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The plan for this was to hit $350 including a license for windows 7. So what we have here is $250 worth of hardware.

This is for my computer illiterate 55 year old cousin who think's hp is out to get him and dell is part of a government conspiracy. Not a gaming build by any means!

Check it out!

Biostar board with AMD x2 245 combo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.643065

Single 2 gb stick of ram so there is room for upgrade later
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231395

Antec 380W bronze certafied PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033

500GB segate HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148701

Apex Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154095

Card reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820717005

DVD drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136216
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It looks good, I'm surprised you managed to fit a DVD and a card reader in that budget.
I could think of only one alternative: to get an open box motherboard and maybe with the money saved to get a bigger HDD. I think your cousin may be more interested in a 1TB Green drive which although slower is twice as big.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813138283R - 40$ AMD 880G board
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136767 - 54$ 1TB WD Blue SATA III (so 7200RPM after all)
Edited by dragosmp - 5/30/11 at 11:33pm
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Wow, good job matching that budget. I'm impressed.
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Go with that build if you're interested in crippled single channel performance and a lack of heatsink (CPU = OEM, no heatsink included).

Or you could go with my build, get 2x the RAM + dual channel, a CPU with 400Mhz more clock speed, and there's even an extra CPU core in there that your cousin can tinker around with:
Athlon II x3 450 + Biostar A880G+ - $118 shipped (don't bother with an open box of this board, for the combo deal w/CPU discount makes it cost the same)
PNY Generic 2x2GB DDR3-1333 dual channel memory kit - $39 shipped
Pixxo SFF Micro ATX case + PSU - $28 + shipping [Meritline] (for builds like these I usually always recommend small form factor - the PSU in there is actually of decent quality also)

- $40 shipped [Amazon]
LG DVD drive - $19 shipped
- $6 shipped [Amazon]. External, but does the job, if you absolutely need it.
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM - $96 shipped [SuperMediaStore - cheaper than Newegg!]
$346 + shipping from Meritline (no more than $12), everything else is shipped

Very slightly over $350 after the Meritline shipping but seems fair, your original build counting the shipping also trips $350. There are some things you might not even need such as the card reader, you can leave those out to fit the budget.

Heck there are ways you can save even more if you absolutely cannot whatsoever pass $350. If you don't mind buying a recertified HDD (which normally also come with warranties from manufacturer) get this:
WD 320GB recertified - $22 + $8 shipping
And voila - money to spare depending on the person you may not even use any of that HDD space. I've built a PC for my extended family; first glance at desktop it seems to be used heavily. A look at the HDD space... 132/160GB free.

Better yet, are you near the Microcenter in Denver?
LINK - MSI AMD CPU + free mobo or $9.99 mobo deals!
Best deal would be the Phenom II x4 840 + the MSI 880G board for $107. You might notice I recommend going with this board over the other options; the cheaper boards with 760G and nVidia 630a chipsets feature integrated graphics that do not fully accelerate HD video from either file or YouTube via Flash, the 880G board will do this for not much more; you're still saving and getting a better value over getting whatever I suggested from Newegg. You could also take the Phenom II x2 + 880G board for $100, but really... $7 more and 2 more cores guaranteed, just the loss of L3 cache which in a majority of tasks isn't really that important anyway, go for it.
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/31/11 at 12:02am
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He requested the card reader so that has to stay. Also need the bigger drive because he takes tons of pictures and had his 250 gb drive in his last pc full. I also have a heatsync for him
Edited by killeraxemannic - 5/31/11 at 2:21am
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That seems fair. Swap the x3 combo in mine for the x2 combo you had earlier, the external card reader can stay the same as it supports the same features as the internal one and costs less, and a 1TB drive should even fit in the budget

EDIT:
Athlon II x2 245 + Biostar A880G+ - $90 shipped (don't bother with an open box of this board, for the combo deal w/CPU discount makes it cost the same)
PNY Generic 2x2GB DDR3-1333 dual channel memory kit - $39 shipped
Pixxo SFF Micro ATX case + PSU - $28 + shipping [Meritline] (for builds like these I usually always recommend small form factor - the PSU in there is actually of decent quality also)
Samsung F3 1TB - $59.50 shipped [Meritline]
LG DVD drive - $19 shipped

- $6 shipped [Amazon]. External, but does the job, if you absolutely need it.
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM - $96 shipped [SuperMediaStore - cheaper than Newegg!]
$337.50 + shipping from Meritline (no more than $12), everything else is shipped

OR you could go with the Athlon II x3/500GB HDD build I listed earlier which is also fine
Also if you are near that Microcenter in Denver, do go there, you will get a significantly better CPU/mobo deal there
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/31/11 at 8:16am
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So after you build this, is he going to think you are out to get him like dell and hp?
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That seems fair. Swap the x3 combo in mine for the x2 combo you had earlier, the external card reader can stay the same as it supports the same features as the internal one and costs less, and a 1TB drive should even fit in the budget

EDIT:
Athlon II x2 245 + Biostar A880G+ - $90 shipped (don't bother with an open box of this board, for the combo deal w/CPU discount makes it cost the same)
PNY Generic 2x2GB DDR3-1333 dual channel memory kit - $39 shipped
Pixxo SFF Micro ATX case + PSU - $28 + shipping [Meritline] (for builds like these I usually always recommend small form factor - the PSU in there is actually of decent quality also)
Samsung F3 1TB - $59.50 shipped [Meritline]
LG DVD drive - $19 shipped
Kingwin Card Reader - $6 shipped [Amazon]. External, but does the job, if you absolutely need it.
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM - $96 shipped [SuperMediaStore - cheaper than Newegg!]
$337.50 + shipping from Meritline (no more than $12), everything else is shipped

OR you could go with the Athlon II x3/500GB HDD build I listed earlier which is also fine
Also if you are near that Microcenter in Denver, do go there, you will get a significantly better CPU/mobo deal there
Hmm cool getting some parts from places other than amazon helps a bit!
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Yeah sometimes it will take a ridiculous spread out to other sites to create a great PC; I did this once, by splitting up the stores and shopping at Microcenter (I happened to be in San Fran area last summer), OCN marketplace, NCIX in Canada, and Craigslist, I built a similar budget build like yours for my dad with an Athlon II quad core, 785G graphics, 4GB of great quality (as in, ICs you can use to enter benchmarking competitions), a good 500GB HDD, and a great quality Antec SFF case & PSU for under $250 (OS cost not included).

One more thing: there is now a coupon on Newegg for $20 off $100. There aren't many details, just a code that was posted on Facebook apparently, but I am thinking it means you can get $20 off if you spend more than $100 on Newegg. This applies to you I guess, with those $20 saved you can now get the Athlon II x3 build I posted earlier with the 1TB drive, and be about within budget

Athlon II x3 450 + Biostar A880G+ - $118 shipped
PNY Generic 2x2GB DDR3-1333 dual channel memory kit - $39 shipped
Pixxo SFF Micro ATX case + PSU - $28 + shipping [Meritline] (for builds like these I usually always recommend small form factor - the PSU in there is actually of decent quality also)
Samsung F3 1TB - $59.50 shipped [Meritline]
LG DVD drive - $19 shipped

- $6 shipped [Amazon]. External, but does the job, if you absolutely need it.
Windows 7 Home Premium x64 OEM - $96 shipped [SuperMediaStore - cheaper than Newegg!]
Newegg $20 discount - -$20
End total: $345.50 + shipping

Remember also, if you are near that Microcenter in Denver, buy that CPU & board deal at Microcenter! Note that doing this will put your actual spendings at Newegg under $100 and the $20 off coupon will no longer apply, but if you buy the Samsung F3 1TB HDD at Newegg once again, you will then be able to use that -$20 coupon.
Edited by xd_1771 - 5/31/11 at 4:10pm
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Look at the AMD E350 the motherboard/APU with on die 6310 graphics is $140 by Sapphire or Gigabyte. It is a Micro ITX platform and runs on 8 watts. Very efficient.
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