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Just a short question. I wanna build a budget family pc for my parents to use. Mostly browsing the internet, youtube, word processing, google earth-ing, and watching movies. I'm pity for them cause whenever I come into the room, I see them sitting having to wait for the video to load (not because of the connection) and 'program not responding' often occur. 4 years ago I upgraded the RAM from 256mb to a 1gb. I thought it was just a memory problem but it's not. That's why I wanna get rid of my old and slow Celeron processor. So I'm thinking of buying an AMD Athlon II X2 270 or 250 or 240 (It doesn't matter, cause it's not the question) and a 2GB or 4GB RAM. I don't need a new case, PSU, HDD and DVD writer. My budget is not more than $300.

Next I wanna buy an AM3 socket motherboard that has an integrated graphics card. Just a simple one that can handle basic graphics. I could think of ASUS's M4A89GTD PRO/USB3. I know it's an old chipset but the latest one, I think, doesn't have an integrated gpu. Right?

So the question is, should I buy the M4A89GTD or is there a separate cheap but good mobo with a good priced low end graphics card (not integrated)?
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I own this board, and all I can tell you, is that the IGP is quite a beast.

I've done 1080p video playback while playing Minecraft at maximum detail, and hey, the video didn't lag at all! (VLC)

Haven't tested it much more aside from that, but all I can say is the IGP will rock your socks.
   
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you might bet a decent am3+ mobo like this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519

or an Asus brand if you wish plus this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995

that mobo you picked is a good one but it is more expensive and older.

i have an old one but i bought it used here in OCN Market for cheap.

edit: you are looking for a mobo with igp? there should be an am3+ with one. if not buy a cheap gpu better than a hd 4200 series. i'll check some more.

gl!
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Just a short question. I wanna build a budget family pc for my parents to use. Mostly browsing the internet, youtube, word processing, google earth-ing, and watching movies. I'm pity for them cause whenever I come into the room, I see them sitting having to wait for the video to load (not because of the connection) and 'program not responding' often occur. 4 years ago I upgraded the RAM from 256mb to a 1gb. I thought it was just a memory problem but it's not. That's why I wanna get rid of my old and slow Celeron processor. So I'm thinking of buying an AMD Athlon II X2 270 or 250 or 240 (It doesn't matter, cause it's not the question) and a 2GB or 4GB RAM. I don't need a new case, PSU, HDD and DVD writer. My budget is not more than $300.

Next I wanna buy an AM3 socket motherboard that has an integrated graphics card. Just a simple one that can handle basic graphics. I could think of ASUS's M4A89GTD PRO/USB3. I know it's an old chipset but the latest one, I think, doesn't have an integrated gpu. Right?

So the question is, should I buy the M4A89GTD or is there a separate cheap but good mobo with a good priced low end graphics card (not integrated)?

Quite honestly, your parents' usage will compliment integrated HD graphics quite well, based on the programs they use. So i'd suggest opting for a quad-core APU setup with integrated HD 6000 graphics built into the CPU-die, which will also double up as a good contender for casual gaming. Note that this is the most powerful integrated graphics solution on the planet. Getting a M4A89GTD PRO/USB3 and a conventional CPU would be pointless based on your parents' needs.

Board - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157278

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

Total - 245$
Edited by PunkX 1 - 1/15/12 at 3:21am
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how about this . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131733

It would really be pointless to go in for this board and CPUs such as the 960T based on his needs. His best bet would be the APU build I linked earlier.
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It would really be pointless to go in for this board and CPUs such as the 960T based on his needs. His best bet would be the APU build I linked earlier.

that's true. he might keep it for himself. missed the "for parents" part.

op: go with llano. they are great.
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@Artikbot Yeah, I read some reviews and I think it's a good mobo too.

@rdr09 The mobo you specified doesn't have an IGP, i think.. but the M5A88-V is good. I might try to look at it.

@PunkX1 I'm still new to this APU. But I think the parts you specified are perfect. I just need to check them again.

Thanks guys. My head is spinning but at least I have more choices to think of before buying. thumb.gif
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and WOW THAT RAM IS CHEAP!
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and WOW THAT RAM IS CHEAP!

And capable! smile.gif


This should help you out on the whole APU theory - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AMD_Fusion

And this should give you an idea of the CPU i linked - http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-a8-3850-apu-review/
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