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post #1 of 14
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I'll be putting together a small computer for my girlfriends mother, she will be using it mainly for interwebz browsing and possibly just some word processing, nothing too crazy. Here is what I have so far, let me know what yous think.

For processor i'll be using the i3-2100:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0359809
~100.00

Memory, probably throw in some Hyper-X's:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820104231
~40.00

Power Supply, Corsair CX430:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026
~45.00
Don't think i'll need more since I won't be putting in a video card.

Case, CM HAF912:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119233
~60.00

Random CD/DVD Burner:
~20.00

So now if anyone can suggest a motherboard and somewhere where I can possibly get a decent priced HD which i know is probably impossible. Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 14
Can't really do much about the hard drive at the moment. I guess you could try and settle for a lower capacity drive for the time being and upgrade when needed in the future to save on some costs.

As for the motherboard, I would suggest this one:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130583

It's got some decent features and it's very well priced. Should be more than enough for what you will need for this build.
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post #3 of 14
I doubt you'd need anything higher than $100 for a simple mobo. That MSI above won't work, if your not using a video card then you need a Z68 chipset. I'd recommend the ASrock Z68 PRO3.

Also, just checking, is she okay with that case? Seems a bit gamerish? Maybe an Antec 300 or One Hundred?
Edited by SMK - 11/16/11 at 9:03am
    
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post #4 of 14
I would recommend a H67 motherboard for this build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130569
The H67 chipset allows you to use the on board GPU in the sandybridge CPU's such as the i3 you have linked to as opposed the the P67 chipset which does not have support for the on board GPU. The only downside is that they are have a limited overclocking abilty which should be fine if the system is mainly for web browsing.

For a hard drive it's worth having a look in the marketplace on this site, for example someone is selling a 640GB Western Digital caviar black for $60
http://www.overclock.net/t/1166459/two-2-wd-caviar-black-640gb
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post #5 of 14
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Thanks for all your suggestions everyone, I was actually looking at this Gigabyte board:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371994#tabs

What do you all think of this one?

There will be no overclocking going on what so ever, I will be just putting it together and letting everything run stock. She will not be needing any of that since the most intensive process this thing will see is probably loading flash...

EDIT: Also the CX430 power supply should be more than enough for this build correct? Since it will not be powering a GPU.
Edited by Colonel Sanders - 11/16/11 at 9:10am
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post #6 of 14
why not go with a athlon ll x2 and save some more cash or towards a hard drive, if thats all shes doing does she really need the i3
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post #7 of 14
you should look for a pre-built pc since she just browse internet and stuff. pre-built pc prices don't go up either.
    
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post #8 of 14
Why not go down the AMD APU route. If its just for word processing and web browsing you really don't need that much power.
With the APU you get the integrated graphics as well which is much more superior to Intels HD series integrated.

Something along the lines of :
this which is a AMD A4-3300 Llano 2.5GHz Dual-Core with DirectX 11 Graphic AMD Radeon HD 6410D
$60

and motherboard :

this wish is a GIGABYTE GA-A55M-DS2 FM1 AMD A55
$60

Why not get a cheaper case? Shes not gaming with this rig.
this
$20

Now that you shaved some money off these parts you have more for a hard drive:
this whis is a Western Digital Caviar Blue WD3200AAKX 320GB 7200 RPM
$95

DVD drives are all around $20

Power supply is a good choice. Corsair have reliable products
$45

total: $300


This will do all she would need and at a bargain price.
Hope this helps and gives you an idea.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by Colonel Sanders View Post

Thanks for all your suggestions everyone, I was actually looking at this Gigabyte board:
http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0371994#tabs
What do you all think of this one?
There will be no overclocking going on what so ever, I will be just putting it together and letting everything run stock. She will not be needing any of that since the most intensive process this thing will see is probably loading flash...
EDIT: Also the CX430 power supply should be more than enough for this build correct? Since it will not be powering a GPU.

That motherboard will be fine for this build and yes the CX430 will be enough for this build especially if it's not powering a GPU.
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post #10 of 14
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I would go down the AMD route but for a 30-40 dollar difference I'd rather get the i3 for more power and newer architecture. The i3 should last longer before needing an upgrade than a X2 so in the end it'll probably save her money.
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