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This build is for a woman I know that will literally be doing nothing on it but checking e mail, using MS word and online shopping and maybe looking at pictures every now and then. She specifically picked that case and that monitor. I tried to talk her into a 21" monitor to save a few dollars but she wants the 23. Same with the case. She told me the last PC she got was in 2005 or so and I'd say she probably won't get 1 after this for about the same amount of time. Don't get me wrong I want to put together a solid PC for her but anything over the basic uses I listed above will never be used so I was trying to keep it as cheap as possible and still be decent. So far I've changed to the Gigbyte mouse/keyboard combo, changed CPU to the Athlon 2 X3 445 ( it was only 2$ more after the 10$ off promo code), and I just changed to the Xigmatek PSU. 80 bronze rating for 4$ more is worth it. Thanks for all the ideas. Its hard for me to do a build like this because I'm used to building PCs to my needs not someone elses. I'll link an updated list in a minute to see if you guys have any final ideas before I order.
EDIT:
Proposed final build:Total after promo codes & shipped is $594.42


Edited by EVILNOK - 10/4/11 at 6:03pm
post #22 of 25
Just reminding you again, that drive is not a burner.
This samsung is $4 cheaper(after shipping) and is a burner...
Edited by qwertymac93 - 10/4/11 at 5:58pm
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post #23 of 25
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Originally Posted by qwertymac93 View Post
Just reminding you again, that drive is not a burner.
This samsung is $4 cheaper(after shipping) and is a burner...
Ahh good catch. I meant to change that earlier. Thanks.
post #24 of 25
I hate saying this.. But if all she's doing is what you said, I wonder why she doesn't want a laptop? The convenience of portability would (in my mind if I were going to only web surf, email, etc) far outweigh the cons of a laptop. Did you ask her about that at all?

And of course I am not at all bashing her getting a desktop, I think it's great. I just am curious what her reasons were.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
Adjust the balance in parts choice and split the retailers (i.e. different American retailers) and try this instead, you can get much better parts for price:
DRAPER10 coupon - $10 off [Superbiiz]
This is $613 shipped

For almost $1 less, you can get a top end quad core APU build with excellent graphics, in a small form factor (less desk space), 1080p monitor (smaller, but still 1080p), 1TB HDD, 60GB solid state drive (for extra fast boot), and Windows 7, all within a price that is almost $1 less than the $614 shipped (or plus shipping?) Athlon II x2 build in the original post, that aside from taking up more desk space, has inferior graphics. Also a mere $1 more than the second build posted by the other person, with the Athlon II x3.
Again, APU-based is the best choice - not only in price-performance but in power consumption.

If it has to absolutely use the case outlined above (and separate PSU), that can fit into this budget if the SSD is dropped; it would still be a better option for a lower price. If it doesn't have to be that case but it has to be full-size and not SFF, NZXT Source 210. At the less cost of $40 shipped, it is huge steps ahead of the Elite 430 in features for price. If that monitor is an absolute, it will be a few dollars (~$5) over budget; downgrade to an A6 3650 APU (which will still be by all means a great choice for her needs) and it will still be better for price.
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/4/11 at 9:34pm
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