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Austin's "Green" Machine

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My cousin is 3 things, a budget-minded person, a ps3 gamer (i try not to hold that against him), and a lover of the color green. So when he commissioned me to make a computer he said 2 things:
1. Must be green
2. must be $350 or less "I'm not rich!"-Austin
Now so far have have spec'ed out using a apu and and a good old cannibalization of his whole computer. I am guessing his Mobo/CPU failed, I am planning on running a diagnostic soon. So basically this for for advice/a blog for how the project is going, tell me your thoughts/build lists!
post #2 of 8
So when you say he is a PS3 gamer, this computer is not going to be made to game? Omitting the cost of a video card is a good chunk (if he cared about graphics, anyway).


But like you said, an APU would be pretty good. Also, you might want to be looking into replacing his Power Supply. Especially if he wants to be green rolleyes.gif
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Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB Crucial M4 LiteOn iHES108 Windows 10 Pro x64 
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rosewill rk9000re Corsair HX650W CHIEFTEC Bravo BL-01B 
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post #3 of 8
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He plays Civilization V, WoW, and a couple FPS games on the computer, no where near hard core pc gamer, but a apu makes sense...Whats your thoughts?
post #4 of 8
The a6. If its only for gaming theres a triple core for $85, but thats just 2.1ghz so beware. The a6 3670k is unlocked for overclocking- wait a minute, ill post a build in a sec
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Apu-amd a6 3500-$80 (weak cpu but awsome igpu)
Motherboard-asrock a75m-hvs-$65
Ram-cheap 4gb kit-$20
Case-cheap one-$20 (paint it)
Psu-rosewill stallon series 400watt-$30
Hard drive-80gb sata 1-$40
Os-windows7-$100

Total: 355
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If you could use hardrive/case/psu from other computer we could fit a quad core a8 in there
post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 
His old computer is a IDE, AGP, dinosaur. Also, he already has window 7 Ultimate...He was shocked when I mentioned $200 dollars...so the cheaper the better...he loves the color green but is budget minded he hates spending money. So don't fill the thing up til the budget explodes...just recommend the cheapest rig you can.
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Ok what i said -$100 for windows. If you want more then spilt the $100 $55 to go to a amd a8-3970k and the other $45 o a better hardrive, seagate barracuda 500gb (lastest 1tb per plater version) $80.
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