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Their 5 year old Dell is starting to kick the bucket, so my parents are asking me to build them a new computer.
There budget is with in $400, not including OS/Peripherals.

I'm slowly piecing this together for them over the next month so when I get off for spring break in March I can build it.

Got a good deal on a basic case so far.
$16 with tax and shipping included.
$25 for 4gb extra ddr3 ram I had.
$100 for Motherboard?
$100 for CPU?
$100 for SSD?
$30 for PSU?
$20 DVD Drive?

Total: $400ish?

I already told them, they have no choice but to get a SSD. They only use like 40gb on the drive they have now anyway.

I would like this to last them at least 4 years. Mainly using the computer for Outlook, Web, Quickbooks, shipping software, etc...
Edited by Mechrock - 2/15/12 at 10:07pm
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AMD A8 3870 Black APU + ASUS F1A55-M/CSM mATX

you have ram?

Crucial M4

SAMSUNG Black 16X DVD-ROM

PSU???


That's what i found!
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AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz Socket AM3 CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103911

ASUS M5A78L-M LX PLUS AM3+ Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131795

APEX TX-381-C Black Steel Micro ATX Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154094

Rosewill RV350 350W ATX 1.3 Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182006

Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL40GB-DX 2.5" 40GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226168

Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820576003

SAMSUNG 22X DVD Burner 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 24X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

Rosewill RCR-IC002 74-in-1 USB 2.0 3.5" Internal Card Reader w/ USB port
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All for $336.92 without shipping :-)
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You should really go with an i3-2100, it is well within the budget.

$125 CPU, If you live near a microcenter, it is cheaper($100)
$55 H61 Biostar Mobo
$45 Corsair PSU, Dont go with a bad PSU if you want it to last a long time. That is a terrible idea, get a good and high quality PSU if you want something reliable.
$95 Crucial M4 SSD
$16 Optical Drive

$337.72 Total Shipped

$16 case
$25 RAM

378.72 Total


For reliability, grab a Crucial M4, and a Corsair PSU. If you want a different PSU, Antec and Seasonic make good PSUs. The Samsung 830 is a good alternative to the Crucial M4 as well.
Edited by Ironman517 - 2/16/12 at 6:42am
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Okay, this is what I'm thinking so far...

$16 with tax and shipping included.
$25 for 4gb gskill extra ddr3 ram I had.
$95 One of theses SSDs.
$120 Motherboard.
$110 for CPU.
$45 PSU.
Say $20 for DVD Drive.

Total: $400ish, Maybe a little less.

Do you see any good combos for Motherboard/cpu?
They have an ATI x300 card in the computer now, but I fell like an old gpu with a new board could give problems.
Edited by Mechrock - 2/16/12 at 7:52am
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For power consumptions' and graphics horsepowers' sake (now very important for office apps) I highly recommend the A8 3870k APU combo submitted by Narwhal_Revenge above.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

For power consumptions' and graphics horsepowers' sake (now very important for office apps) I highly recommend the A8 3870k APU combo submitted by Narwhal_Revenge above.

Since I don't need that kind of graphic's power for a office computer, wouldn't it be wiser to get a faster cpu and integrated graphics on the motherboard?
Something more like this?
Edited by Mechrock - 2/17/12 at 1:45pm
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If you're worried about reliability, STAY AWAY from the Corsair CX430 v2.

These are probably your best choices when it comes to a budget PSU @ $45:
EarthWatts 380w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033
NEO ECO 400w - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371029


Your best budget SSDs are probably these @ $80:

Crucial M4 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441
Corsair (after rebate) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233223

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mechrock View Post

Since I don't need that kind of graphic's power for a office computer, wouldn't it be wiser to get a faster cpu and integrated graphics on the motherboard?
Something more like this?

At that price, you could get a mobo + Core i3...
Edited by Nintendo Maniac 64 - 2/19/12 at 11:53am
 
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Since I don't need that kind of graphic's power for a office computer, wouldn't it be wiser to get a faster cpu and integrated graphics on the motherboard?
Something more like this?


Believe me, you do and you will.

Consider that office programs are now being optimized for GPU acceleration.  Office 2010 is a prime example of this.  Consider that no office program probably requires any significant level of CPU.

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