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I think you should just wait for NCIX Black Friday sales lol.
    
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^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
I've just come up with this PC; it is APU based and includes a new hard drive, due to lack of IDE compatibility. Note the split retailers - necessary for the best deal.
Going AM3 may be necessary if you want to reuse the hard drive, assuming it is IDE. It may allow you to configure with a better GPU though.

- $135 shipped [Amazon]
ASRock A75M-HVS - $65 shipped after promo code FALLSALE[Superbiiz]
2x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3-1600 - $28 shipped [NCIX]
Apex SK-386 + Allied 400W PSU - $40 shipped (certainly ain't the best but Allied PSUs can actually last for quite awhile) [NCIX]
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD - $30 shipped [NCIX]

$298 shipped for everything you need

sloopyjoe123: Those are epic in Canada, I have no idea what they would be like in the US though.

The only one of those Microcenter free mobos I would consider safe to use with a 125W processor is the Gigabyte 760G with the 4+1 phase; not that it has any disadvantages vs the other units. It's actually worth the most too.
Edited by xd_1771 - 10/10/11 at 10:11pm
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More detailed information on what I would recommend:

Case:



CPU + MB: http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...ndlePROMO.html

GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814131342

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231396

HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

Optical: Loads of DVD Writers are $20, just choose whichever one you want. I prefer Sony.


All comes out to under $290. Great budget build with a very nice CPU which is still quite capable, and the GPU is excellent for everyday tasks and light gaming.

The good thing is that you can forget the hard drive if you want and reuse his old IDE drive, and that will knock off another $40. You can use that money to get an even more powerful GPU, like a 5770/6770 or a GTS 450.

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^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
Loads of nice people on OCN. I am sure someone would be nice enough to pick the combo up for him and ship it out (shouldn't be over $15 with parcel post). Everything else can be bought online.
Edited by ComradeNF - 10/10/11 at 10:15pm
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This is under $300: http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellS...8-_-10112011_1
The PSU is a POS though, but it should scrape along and work...with $300 you can hardly afford to spend a quarter of the budget on a fancy PSU.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
I've just come up with this PC; it is APU based and includes a new hard drive, due to lack of IDE compatibility. Note the split retailers - necessary for the best deal.
Going AM3 may be necessary if you want to reuse the hard drive, assuming it is IDE. It may allow you to configure with a better GPU though.

A8 3850 - $135 shipped [Amazon]
ASRock A75M-HVS - $65 shipped after promo code FALLSALE[Superbiiz]
2x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3-1600 - $28 shipped [NCIX]
Apex SK-386 + Allied 400W PSU - $40 shipped (certainly ain't the best but Allied PSUs can actually last for quite awhile) [NCIX]
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD - $30 shipped [NCIX]

$298 shipped for everything you need

sloopyjoe123: Those are epic in Canada, I have no idea what they would be like in the US though.

The only one of those Microcenter free mobos I would consider safe to use with a 125W processor is the Gigabyte 760G with the 4+1 phase; not that it has any disadvantages vs the other units. It's actually worth the most too.
The above gets my vote.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
I've just come up with this PC; it is APU based and includes a new hard drive, due to lack of IDE compatibility. Note the split retailers - necessary for the best deal.
Going AM3 may be necessary if you want to reuse the hard drive, assuming it is IDE. It may allow you to configure with a better GPU though.

A8 3850 - $135 shipped [Amazon]
ASRock A75M-HVS - $65 shipped after promo code FALLSALE[Superbiiz]
2x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3-1600 - $28 shipped [NCIX]
Apex SK-386 + Allied 400W PSU - $40 shipped (certainly ain't the best but Allied PSUs can actually last for quite awhile) [NCIX]
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD - $30 shipped [NCIX]

$298 shipped for everything you need

sloopyjoe123: Those are epic in Canada, I have no idea what they would be like in the US though.

The only one of those Microcenter free mobos I would consider safe to use with a 125W processor is the Gigabyte 760G with the 4+1 phase; not that it has any disadvantages vs the other units. It's actually worth the most too.
Best bet! Actually I really great low cost build for anyone. Can you make me a nice Mitx one?!
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Minecraft runs horribly on my E-350 (even with 8GB of RAM) and I don't think Llano would be much better. It never goes above ~15 FPS even with lots of fog, graphics on "Fast" and smooth lighting off. There's lots of lag and when loading new chunks it dips to ~5 FPS. Not fun.
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Those bundle deals are great at Microcenter but you got to go pick them up. That sucks.
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post
^ I don't believe where OP lives is in range of a Microcenter.
I've just come up with this PC; it is APU based and includes a new hard drive, due to lack of IDE compatibility. Note the split retailers - necessary for the best deal.
Going AM3 may be necessary if you want to reuse the hard drive, assuming it is IDE. It may allow you to configure with a better GPU though.

A8 3850 - $135 shipped [Amazon]
ASRock A75M-HVS - $65 shipped after promo code FALLSALE[Superbiiz]
2x2GB G.Skill NQ DDR3-1600 - $28 shipped [NCIX]
Apex SK-386 + Allied 400W PSU - $40 shipped (certainly ain't the best but Allied PSUs can actually last for quite awhile) [NCIX]
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD - $30 shipped [NCIX]

$298 shipped for everything you need

sloopyjoe123: Those are epic in Canada, I have no idea what they would be like in the US though.

The only one of those Microcenter free mobos I would consider safe to use with a 125W processor is the Gigabyte 760G with the 4+1 phase; not that it has any disadvantages vs the other units. It's actually worth the most too.
*clicks invisible +Rep button* ^_^

Perfect.

His HDD and CD drive are SATA guys. It was around the time period when Dell moved to Sata connections right before they got rid of the Pentium 4 line.

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Minecraft runs horribly on my E-350 (even with 8GB of RAM) and I don't think Llano would be much better. It never goes above ~15 FPS even with lots of fog, graphics on "Fast" and smooth lighting off. There's lots of lag and when loading new chunks it dips to ~5 FPS. Not fun.
This is because it runs off of CPU power and only maxes out with 1GB of ram. Unless you have the 64-bit version running and then it maxes out with 2GB. Llano has a full 1.3GHz higher clock than your E-350 chip plus two additional cores. I think it'll run fine.
Edited by Imglidinhere - 10/11/11 at 10:20am
     
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An mITX one would bring the total cost slightly over $300 unfortunately (by $10-20). I don't find there to be a perceivable difference between most SFF mATX and SFF mITX cases anyway.

Oh wait, if his HDD is SATA, he can reuse it and save costs a decent choice would be to use the extra $30 available to get the A75M-ITX at Superbiiz and mITX case of choice; or one could go get a mobo upgrade (i.e. A75M-Pro4) for better overclocking results due to better features & VRM design.
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