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post #1 of 21
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Greetings!

I'm looking for a replacement for my brothers work computer, I have some parts in mind but am open to suggestions. I'm looking to spend the absolute minimum for a windows 7 desktop that would only be used for web browsing and YouTube/Netflix. He would need everything minus the OS, keyboard mouse, monitor, and hard drive. I was thinking about just getting a generic HP with a A6 from my local office max for $375 but I know I would only be overpaying for generic parts. This would be my first official computer build, so any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

Edit: So I've come up with a build based on suggestions, would this be viable?


Edited by Adonis - 3/22/13 at 2:50am
post #2 of 21
umm under $200 is really hard to do. you would have to check local classifiedsfor most of the parts, as well as ebay.

What happened to the computer? Can you reuse the cpu, ram, motherboard, power supply or case?
post #3 of 21
Try the FM2 platform

Get an A4 5300 + MSI A75-E35 or the same mobo plus a quad core like the 5500
It does what you want and even plays CS:S,DIrt 2/3 on low resolutions and runs HD content at 1080
The motherboard has DVI ,VGA and HDMI outs ,USB 3 and SATA 3 ,everything that you need.

Running such config as a HTPC and it s a pleasure.With a copper base cooler you have even silence.
   
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MouseMouse PadAudio
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post #4 of 21
Here is a base computer with no hard drive:

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/LiCx

AMD AD-4 5300 3.4GHZ Dual-Core - $49.98
MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX - $48.99
G.SKILL Value 4gbDDR-1600 - $28.99
Apex TX-373 Micro ATX Mid Tower w/ 300 watt Power Supply - $47.99
Lite-On DVD/CD Writer - $16.97

Total 192.92
post #5 of 21
Budget Build Combo
AMD A8-3850 APU Quad Core FM1 2.9GHZ & MSI A55M-P33 mATX $99.99 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
  • AMD A8-3850 (Llano) 2.9GHZ 4MB 100W APU W/ Radeon 65XX HD GFX Quad Core FM1
  • MSI A55M-P33 FM1 AMD A55 (Hudson D2) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
  • not current AMD FM2 socket. end of line product. no future APU will be made for this socket.


plus the parts that Zarkaram suggested.
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post #6 of 21
You could probably get a refurb or used Core2Quad or Phenom II x2 , or FM1

300W-450W PSU= ~$30
* Good choices include XFX Core, Antec Basiq
RAM ~$40-50 (8GB)
* Corsair XMS3, Kingston HyperX, etc. (not worth getting 4GB for $25-30 honestly)
CPU = $70
mobo=$60? (H61/A55 FM2/etc)
GPU = integrated
HDD = covered
Case=reuse? ($30-40+ otherwise, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811322060 maybe)

If you go to microcenter you could get a i3-3225 for $120, and get this Gigabyte H61 board for free http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.aspx?sku=015545

OTHER OPTIONS:

$70ish FM2 CPU such as A6-5400K http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095VPBFY/
Example Mobo 1 MSI A75 $60 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130662
Example Mobo 2 Asrock A75 $55 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157331
Example Mobo 3 $50 Asrock a55 FM2 socket http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157332
Example Mobo 4 $50 MSI A55 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009HP42J4/?tag=pcpapi-20

$85 Phenom II X4 CPU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103727 (athlon II x2/x3/x4 costs $60-70, not worth saving $10-20 on this)
Example Mobo 1 $50 Gigabyte AM3+ http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128504

The key thing to note about A55 vs A75 is that A55 doesn't have SATA3, USb3
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post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions, but I feel like that's overkill on the CPU. I'm using a Athlon II X2 right now and it does everything I would want at -$50. Could I not use something like that to save some money? I'm really just trying to spend the least amount of money possible for a generic windows 7 desktop.
Edited by Adonis - 3/21/13 at 4:47pm
post #8 of 21
The FM 1 is nice ,but it s a dead end ,no upgrade path and the A55 chipset has no SATA 3 and USB 3.
FM 2 would be the best choice if the upgrade path is wanted ,otherwise price wise yes it s a solution.
   
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MouseMouse PadAudio
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AMD Athlon 5150 ASUS AM1M-A  IGD Crucial 2X2G 
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post #9 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adonis View Post

Thanks for all the suggestions, but I feel like that's overkill on the CPU. I'm using a Athlon II X2 right now and it does everything I would want at -$50. Could I not use something like that to save some money? I'm really just trying to spend the least amount of money possible for a generic windows 7 desktop.

This FM 1 and FM 2 APU-s include a GPU inside.You pay for 3 items ,CPU+ GPU + HD Audio
   
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LG HD  Logitech G11 OCZ 750 F1 Nexus Clodius Black 
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MouseMouse PadAudio
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AMD Athlon 5150 ASUS AM1M-A  IGD Crucial 2X2G 
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LG HD  Logitech G11 OCZ 750 F1 Nexus Clodius Black 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G5R Mionix Creative X-Fi Xteme Music 
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AMD Athlon 860K MSI A88X-G41 PC Mate Sapphire R7 265 Crucial Elite 2 X 4 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
WD /Seagate Optiarc/LG Cooler Master Hyper TX2 Mepis Tetris 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG HD  Logitech generic Corsair CS650 Nexus Clodius White 
MouseMouse PadAudio
A4 Crap Mionix Anus Xonar D1 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Athlon 5150 ASUS AM1M-A  IGD Crucial 2X2G 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
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AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz FM2 Dual-Core APU (CPU + GPU) with AMD Radeon HD 7480D, MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 A75 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard, CORSAIR 4GB DDR3 1333 Memory, Seagate 1TB Hard Drive, LOGISYS Black SOHO Case w/ 480W PSU

* Limited Time Deal

shellshock deal at newegg $220 - $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?SID=nVNTIpKCEeKTz7okrvv5MA0_EofU3_0_0_0&AID=10440897&PID=1225267&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-cables-_-na-_-na&ItemList=Combo.1241784&cm_sp=

  • AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU w/ Radeon HD 7480D
  • MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
  • CORSAIR XMS 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M1A1333C9
  • Seagate Barracuda ST31000524AS 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
  • LOGISYS Computer CS206BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer SOHO Case 480W Power Supply
total $219.99

$20 Mail-In Rebate Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
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