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Hello, I'm helping my sister build a budget computer as her laptop is finally dying. I'm an Intel fanboy (guilty) but I hear good things about AMD processors in the price vs. performance category so that is the direction I'm taking this build. It's important that the computer isn't so low budget that it won't last but also cheap enough that it is affordable. I'm not familiar with AMD motherboards but I'm also a big Asus fan as I've had bad luck with other brands. I'll be ordering from NewEgg and keep in mind, she doesn't game or do anything high performance, though speed is always important and the computer has to last for years, which is why I opted for the SSD and Sata III. Here is my part list, and please, pick it apart if it contributes to a better, more cost effective build.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131767
Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103996
Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277
Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814133356
Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227706
Power Supply*: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

I feel like I'm forgetting something (aside from monitor, keyboard, mouse, and operating system).

* I don't know how to determine what size power supply to use, so please advise on the appropriate size.
post #2 of 18
I would go with the AMD A8 APU as your CPU

It's a quad core and has better performance than your selected gpu.

There are many websites that show you how many watts you need in a psu. You shouldn't need anything more than 500 watts based on that you are doing.

Hope this helps

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819106001
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Never purchased a CPU before with integrated graphics...that will save her some money on a video card. I like the suggestion.
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Never purchased a CPU before with integrated graphics...that will save her some money on a video card. I like the suggestion.

Let me know if you have any other questions.
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Let me know if you have any other questions.

See anywhere else I could cut costs?
post #6 of 18
You can choose a motherboard that doesn't have fancy features like USB 3.0, but that is your choice. Also you can look for a cheaper SSD with rebates and sales. Lots of ssd on sale right now because there prices are coming down.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131813
-$30 less than your original motherboard choice

I would use 8gb of ram instead of 4gb but that isn't cost saving.. Haha thumb.gif
Edited by Jester435 - 4/23/12 at 10:42pm
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You can choose a motherboard that doesn't have fancy features like USB 3.0, but that is your choice. Also you can look for a cheaper SSD with rebates and sales. Lots of ssd on sale right now because there prices are coming down.
I would use 8gb of ram instead of 4gb but that isn't cost saving.. Haha thumb.gif

I'm in the process of selecting a new board as the socket on the the new processor is different and they appear to be cheaper, which is good. I would add more than 4G of RAM but she mainly just uses the web and stuff like Skype so I think more than 4GB would be overkill. Do you think I could downsize the power supply to one around 400W, which would be cheaper?
post #8 of 18

There are several $40 cases that absolutely wham the Antec 300 in price-performance.  The NZXT Source 210 is one.

 

You could get a much better PC for the same price.

 

Taking into account your SSD desire this is my suggestion at this budget (note that I always split my retailers in suggestions in favour of the better pricing, but if you stick to one retailer, you will most certainly not be able to get as good for your limited budget; this is why Newegg is the suggestion in only one area):

 

This costs $576 shipped which is still $3 shy of the price of the original config while everything is much better; you have a much more powerful card that consumes the same or less power consumption alongside a better case and a better CPU.


I highly suggest you downsize your budget by $150-200 for the sake of power efficiency/needs (she would never make use of the 6 cores let alone the power provided by an HD 7750) and just go with the AMD A8 APU in a small form factor case.


Edited by xd_1771 - 4/23/12 at 11:14pm
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I do like the NZXT 210, will be getting that instead. I'm thinking of snagging a cheaper Sata III SSD. I've always been told OCZ makes the best SSD's. What do you guys feel about other brands?
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OCZ stuff are garage.
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