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post #1 of 21
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Hi All

Working on a work mate of my wifes computer. She has an old dell piece of crap, AMD Sepron etc.

Basically the onboard graphics has died, so now I'm looking into building her a new computer.

Now she is not one of us lol, basically its a internet only computer, maybe a few word docs etc. But really nothing fancy in anyway which is why I'm looking at a AMD route.

I haven't put together a budget computer in awhile so I'm a bit out of the game in the low end department.

So could I have some recommendations for some reliable but no frills motherboards, chips, ram that would do the job.

Onboard graphics is expected, I'll also be trying to use her case and PSU, her HDD and Rom etc.

Thanks in advance
post #2 of 21
Budget?
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post #3 of 21
Thread Starter 
As low as you can go dude lol. But don't really want to go into the "dodgy" brands department, want it to be reliable, so no A-data ram or anything lol.

The motherboard is my main concern, just wondering what the best decent reliable cheap on board is now a days, something with a good rep but not the high cost nor un-needed functions etc.

Mirco ATX would be where I would start looking.
post #4 of 21
Ahh forgot to ask, location/currency?
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Samsung 840 Pro 128GB 2TB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate Barracuda 640GB WD Blue 
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MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Fujitsu SL3230t 1080p @75Hz Samsung UE32F5000 1920x1080 Saitek Eclipse Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster 690 II Black/White Advanced CM Storm Xornet Qsteel Asus Xonar DS 
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Quad 33 Pre-Amplifier (Pre-Production Unit) Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Pre-Pr... Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Post-P... Quad FM3 Tuner 
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Mission 751 Bookshelf's Mission M73 Floor standing loudspeakers Mission 78as Dual 8" Active Sub Woofer - 250 watts 
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Intel Core i5 3230m 2.6GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) Nvidia GT 635m 2GB 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Samsung 840 120GB 
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post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 
NZ NZD

I can look for the actual price etc. Just after recommendations, usually what ever is cheapest internationally (or on Newegg) usually still holds true here in NZ. lol.
post #6 of 21
Ok The Case and HDD might be fine, but I would Never reuse an OEM PSU, just because of how cheaply they make them, I would go

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128516
APU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103942
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147096
PSU:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182131

but honestly, if you can wait a month or two until desktop trinity comes out I would, its going to have WAAAAAY better performance
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Windows H8 LG Flattron 24EA53V Ducky 9008G2 MSI GS70 UltraSlim Case 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Mad Catz R.A.T TE Razer Vespula Creative Soundblaster 2x Mids and a Sub (built in) Creative Gigaworks T40 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Nokia  Adreno 225 1024mb 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB 2TB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate Barracuda 640GB WD Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB WD Green Samsung DVD/RW Cogage Arrow [Lapped] Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Fujitsu SL3230t 1080p @75Hz Samsung UE32F5000 1920x1080 Saitek Eclipse Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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Intel Q8400 MSI P45 Platinum EVGA GTX 750Ti MSI GTX 560Ti 
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6GB DDR 2 800MHz (Kingston Hyper X and Corsair ... Samsung 840 120GB Coolermaster Hyper 212 (Rev 1) Windows 10 Insider 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 1080p TV Saitek Eclipse Coolermaster GX750 Coolermaster CM 690II Black 
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Intel Core i5 3230m 2.6GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) Nvidia GT 635m 2GB 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Samsung 840 120GB 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 840 Pro 128GB 2TB Seagate Barracuda 2TB Seagate Barracuda 640GB WD Blue 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
1.5TB WD Green Samsung DVD/RW Cogage Arrow [Lapped] Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
Fujitsu SL3230t 1080p @75Hz Samsung UE32F5000 1920x1080 Saitek Eclipse Thermaltake Toughpower XT 675w 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Coolermaster 690 II Black/White Advanced CM Storm Xornet Qsteel Asus Xonar DS 
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Quad 33 Pre-Amplifier (Pre-Production Unit) Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Pre-Pr... Quad 303 Power-Amplifier - 90 Watts RMS (Post-P... Quad FM3 Tuner 
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Mission 751 Bookshelf's Mission M73 Floor standing loudspeakers Mission 78as Dual 8" Active Sub Woofer - 250 watts 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Q8400 MSI P45 Platinum EVGA GTX 750Ti MSI GTX 560Ti 
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6GB DDR 2 800MHz (Kingston Hyper X and Corsair ... Samsung 840 120GB Coolermaster Hyper 212 (Rev 1) Windows 10 Insider 
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Samsung 1080p TV Saitek Eclipse Coolermaster GX750 Coolermaster CM 690II Black 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 3230m 2.6GHz (3.2GHz Turbo) Nvidia GT 635m 2GB 8GB DDR3 1600MHz Samsung 840 120GB 
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post #8 of 21
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Ah APU's didnt think of that. Like I said haven't been looking at low end for ages.

Do the benefits of APU's worth the increase from a standard on board graphics with cheap athlon chip?
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by Stilldawn View Post

Ah APU's didnt think of that. Like I said haven't been looking at low end for ages.
Do the benefits of APU's worth the increase from a standard on board graphics with cheap athlon chip?

Oh definitely, APU's have more Graphics power than the High end Intel HD4000, which smokes an athlon
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OSMonitorKeyboardCase
Windows H8 LG Flattron 24EA53V Ducky 9008G2 MSI GS70 UltraSlim Case 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Mad Catz R.A.T TE Razer Vespula Creative Soundblaster 2x Mids and a Sub (built in) Creative Gigaworks T40 
Audio
Blue Yeti 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Nokia  Adreno 225 1024mb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
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I7 4700HQ MSI Laptop Board GTX 765m 16 gb 
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2x RAID0 128gb SSD's 1 TB Storage Drive WD My Pasport LG Slim Portable Blu-Ray Multi 
OSMonitorKeyboardCase
Windows H8 LG Flattron 24EA53V Ducky 9008G2 MSI GS70 UltraSlim Case 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Mad Catz R.A.T TE Razer Vespula Creative Soundblaster 2x Mids and a Sub (built in) Creative Gigaworks T40 
Audio
Blue Yeti 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core Nokia  Adreno 225 1024mb 
Hard DriveOSMonitorCase
32 GB Solid State Windows Phone 8.1 4.5 inch Ammoled @ 768x1280 Trident Aegis (red)  
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post #10 of 21
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Yeah, I haven't looked at prices yet, but are they worth the extra cost (I'm assuming) when this computer is only for surfing the net lol.
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