The build above is decent for the cost, but based on your sister's needs, I find it to be a little overkill in some places - even if this isn't supposed to be the cheapest PC possible.
- again I am sticking to my recommendation of getting her a small form factor case and PSU. Since it is very unlikely she will ever take discrete graphics or other such expansion, why not save some space on the desk? The included DM-317 PSU will also power up an AMD APU rig just fine, due to the excellent low power consumption; as it has fewer cables than the standard PSU, cables won't be awfully hard to manage (I've tried it on the DM-317 itself and its sister case the Antec Minuet, it's not hard at all). In case the PSU quality worries you (though I'm honest, the modest 275W unit included in the DM-317 is enough even if it isn't the most efficient/best you can get), you can buy an Antec MT-352
(350W 80+ power supply for Antec Minuet and similar cases - it should fit the DM-317) for $39.55 after price match
. Besides, if you ever have to take the PC somewhere, it'll be small enough so that she can carry it, instead of you having to do the back breaking labour yourself
- There are 1TB drives for $10 cheaper than that. Not as fast, but if it's worth it to your sis, def get her the 1TB drive. Or you can get a WD 750GB Black drive on the weekend specials (deal expires after today!) for $50, again $10 less but with much better value and similar speed.
- Don't you think that's a bit high end for her needs? I'd expect you maybe to undervolt the CPU for her, but a motherboard designed for overclocking won't do you anything except provide redundant VRM phases and give you useless features for a premium.
- The AMD Athlon II x3 + 785G chipset
still does perfectly suit your sister's needs. The Athlon II x3 should be as fast as 3 cores of that Llano APU, running at 3Ghz. She doesn't game so the 785G/HD 4200 is more than enough - it is fully capable of playing HD video on YouTube, and can even be easily taken to 750-800Mhz from 500Mhz if you find a graphics boost really necessary. But what's really good about taking on the AM3 platform is the cost. Versus $200 plus for an APU, this only costs $100 + $5.50 for a cooler for the OEM chip. The money saved can be put towards a solid state drive so your lil sis can enjoy a really fast boot!Edited by xd_1771 - 8/1/11 at 1:53pm