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post #31 of 108
dont drop it to 4gb, ram prices are low now and youll just end up spending more to upgrade latter. while an apu is the best for this build, you may want to wait for the 2nd gen ones coming out. the fm1 socket will be killed of, so if you plan to ever upgrade the new fm2 based ones would be better
post #32 of 108
The Rosewill 550 you listed is actually a good power supply (hardwaresecrets.com is a great source for VERY in depth testing and reviews of PSU's). A lot of the rosewill power supplies are manufactured by the same company that makes OCZ's power supplies. In many cases the exact same PSU with a different name on it. Like everyone has said go for the i3 SB. It's quite a bit cheaper and you can use the savings on the HDD since prices won't be going back to the pre-flood level. If you're flexible I would even compare prices with the amd apu's and see if you can save even more. If it must be intel then definately the i3.

In a budget build that won't be used for gaming this would be more than adequate (and most budget SB boards have max 1333 memory anyways so buying faster mem is pointless).
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

I can save you a few bucks buy sending you a samsung dvd burner if you just pay for shipping (sh-s183L) I got no bites on ebay for $10 and I need to get rid of it (wife has been harping on me for 2 months to clear out the computer parts drawers). It works fine.

People will quote you microcenter prices but unless you live near one it's absolutely meaningless. A lot of their deals like the $99 i3-2100 are in store ONLY.


Here's a list to consider

CPU - SB Pentium G850 (it's an i3 with hyperthreading turned off which for her uses would be more than fine) $87.99 w/ free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116397

MB - Foxconn H61 $47.99 w/ $6.98 shipping = $54.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186214

Mem - G.Skill Value series 8GB DDR3-1333 $37.99 w/ free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231422

PSU - Rosewill Green Series 530W $49.99 (the 630 was given the gold award by hardware secrets after an in depth test)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182199

HDD - Man. Refurb Seagate 750GB $79.99 w/ free shipping and free xigmatek hdd cooler at the moment
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148782

Case - NZXT Source 210 $39.99 w/ $7.99 shippping = $47.98 or $49.99 w/ free shipping for the white one if you want to give her a little style
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146077

Optical - Samsung SH-222BE $16.99 w/ free shipping.....doesn't get much cheaper than that
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151244

Total = $377.91
Edited by Bubba Hotepp - 4/18/12 at 11:33am
post #33 of 108
Belay my last about microcenter.....just reread your post and saw you live near one you lucky B%%%%@#$ lol
post #34 of 108
Conversly an AMD build would be

CPU - A6 3500 $79.99 w/ free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103951

MB - Asrock A55M $53.99 w/ 6.98 shipping = $60.97
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157277

And keep the rest the same for a total of = $375.91

The advantage of going this route would be the integrated graphics. They have a HUGE advantage over the SB integrated graphics. I can even do gaming on my A8 laptop with decent framerates.
Edited by Bubba Hotepp - 4/18/12 at 11:46am
post #35 of 108
i would say grab a i5 2500k for the same price from Microcenter and if you haven't yet got the motherboard then you can get 50$ off with any motherboard with 2500k thumb.gif


BUT


if it for word processing and surf only then a i3 2100 with a H61/H67 4 GB 1333Mhz RAM would be enough for that work good luck buddy smile.gif
post #36 of 108
Oh god....here come the 2500K suggestions.......this is NOT going to be a gaming machine....she'll do wonderful with an AMD APU or lower SB chip for A LOT less money.

You start heading down that road and then it becomes "well for just 20 more I can get a better case...oooh for 100 more I can get a decent video card in case she ever wants to do some gaming....oooh there's a great deal on 16GB of memory...oh and this..and that" and next thing you know you're budget computer has turned into a $1000+ gaming machine.
Edited by Bubba Hotepp - 4/18/12 at 12:06pm
post #37 of 108
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Oh god....here come the 2500K suggestions.......this is NOT going to be a gaming machine....she'll do wonderful with an AMD APU or lower SB chip for A LOT less money.
You start heading down that road and then it becomes "well for just 20 more I can get a better case...oooh for 100 more I can get a decent video card in case she ever wants to do some gaming....oooh there's a great deal on 16GB of memory...oh and this..and that" and next thing you know you're budget computer has turned into a $1000+ gaming machine.
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As the OP stated, she will not be upgrading for ~5 years. Now an i5 will last significantly longer than an AMD APU (and so will an i3) so it would not be a bad buy. But I would not get anything more than a i5-2300. No overclocking should be done on this system, it can cause it to become unstable.
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post #38 of 108
I've always noticed that people who just do web browsing and such do just fine with lower end chips. I know people who are still rocking pentium 4 machines with XP for just that kind of thing and still have no trouble. Really an i5 is kind of overkill IMHO.
post #39 of 108
I know people rocking pentium 3 rigs! Windows xp, 1.2ghz p3 and the only thing that really became a problem was ram (witch i upgraded for them 256mb-2gb) heck, ive run lubuntu (lighter ubuntu) on 500mhz pentium3s no prob. (with enough ram)
post #40 of 108
My parents bought an athlon II HP right before the APU's came out and they'll probably keep that one for at least 4-5 years without ever needing to upgrade.
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