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My parents have asked me to help upgrade their PC since it's really old and not running well. They don't do any gaming; just casual usage like surfing the net, email, and MS office applications (so we don't need any high performance parts here and they won't be overclocking). I haven't discussed a price range with them, but since it's a non-gaming rig I'm going to try and save as much $$ as possible (probably want to avoid rebates though). It doesn't matter if it's AMD/Intel, either one is fine. I don't think they'll need a keyboard/mouse/monitor/optical drive. Parts needed:

CPU: Athlon II X2 250 looks like a good, inexpensive option for around $62.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

Motherboard: BIOSTAR A880G+ AM3 Micro ATX Motherboard $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138283
I've never used onboard graphics myself, so I'm just assuming that would be sufficient for them since they aren't doing any gaming. If that won't be enough, feel free to suggest a GPU.

RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB DDR3 1600 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
OR
Patriot Gamer 2 Series 8GB DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220557

PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX430 V2 $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB $90
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate
Prices look pretty high for HDD's right now, but I don't think they'll need a very big drive.

Case: XION XON-180 Meshed Black/Red Steel ATX Mid Tower $35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811208042


That's $322 before rebates. Please feel free to suggest any alternatives that could save some money or point out anything that might not be a good choice. Doesn't have to be Newegg; TigerDirect and Amazon links are fine as well. Thanks.
Edited by Stash9876 - 12/8/11 at 5:28pm
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you dont really need the hyper-x in a non gaming computer, and im betting the board will automatically clock it back to a slower speed. and the athlon 2's are junk spend the extra 20 and get them a quad core. If you plan on giving them this as a christmas present then that 160 is fine, otherwise if its not id say wait til january and the prices should be down quite a bit.
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How about Pentium G620 with H61 mATX motherboard? Throw in a 64GB SSD will really improve the PC performance. HDD is really a bad deal.
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For the same price, you can get a 500gb HDD from NCIX.

http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate
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you dont really need the hyper-x in a non gaming computer, and im betting the board will automatically clock it back to a slower speed. and the athlon 2's are junk spend the extra 20 and get them a quad core. If you plan on giving them this as a christmas present then that 160 is fine, otherwise if its not id say wait til january and the prices should be down quite a bit.

I just picked the RAM because it was pretty cheap, I'll keep looking for cheaper. I don't know why they'd need a quad, a dual core should be fine.
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For the price of that HDD, why not get them an SSD? Got one for my parents and now they no longer complain that it takes so long to boot. rolleyes.gif
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For the same price, you can get a 500gb HDD from NCIX.
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63468&vpn=ST500DM002&manufacture=Seagate

Nice, OP now updated with this and cheaper RAM.
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How long do you want this computer to last? When a computer gets old it is pretty much always one of two things that make it feel slow: The CPU and RAM.

RAM is really crazy cheap right now. 8 GB of ram will keep the computer feeling fast for years to come (even with OS upgrades) for a negligible price increase.
The cheapest straight up kit on newegg is only $30 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
With rebates you can get these for $21 /w shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220557

The CPU is probably a lower priority here. Even a pentium 4 is reasonably peppy for daily tasks in windows 7 as long as it has 3+ GB of RAM behind it. Unfortunately it is out of stock but Newegg had a tri-core for $68 shipped after promo code (ends today :/).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886

Even without the code that is only $18 for another core. If hard drive prices still weren't inflated that would have been more than made up for right there.

The processor is up to you but I would STRONGLY suggest the RAM. The upgrade costs close to nothing and if there is one thing I can guarantee it is that it will cost significantly more than the $5-$10 now to add more memory later.
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How long do you want this computer to last? When a computer gets old it is pretty much always one of two things that make it feel slow: The CPU and RAM.
RAM is really crazy cheap right now. 8 GB of ram will keep the computer feeling fast for years to come (even with OS upgrades) for a negligible price increase.
The cheapest straight up kit on newegg is only $30 shipped: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231428
With rebates you can get these for $21 /w shipping: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220557
The CPU is probably a lower priority here. Even a pentium 4 is reasonably peppy for daily tasks in windows 7 as long as it has 3+ GB of RAM behind it. Unfortunately it is out of stock but Newegg had a tri-core for $68 shipped after promo code (ends today :/).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103886
Even without the code that is only $18 for another core. If hard drive prices still weren't inflated that would have been more than made up for right there.
The processor is up to you but I would STRONGLY suggest the RAM. The upgrade costs close to nothing and if there is one thing I can guarantee it is that it will cost significantly more than the $5-$10 now to add more memory later.

Nice find on that RAM.
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