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Hello there everyone!

For Christmas this year I think I might just quadruple my normal budget and go all Sandy Claws on this betch.
I want to build a computer for my sister, mom, and dad--that's one for each of them, as they all live separately.


So, the goal of this build is to create a half-decent PC meant for browsing the internet and general light usage.
I still want it to be fairly snappy though and decently quick--and on the cheap.

My budget for this is definitely the lower the better, as I plan on building three of them! HDMI is a must so they can use the computer with their TV until they buy a monitor (because I can't afford to get them that too).

This is what I've come up with, what do you think?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.23 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($42.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($22.97 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.00 @ Amazon)
Total: $415.14
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-20 09:20 EST-0500)

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/25qOz


Any suggestions are welcome!

Do you think it's worth the savings to downgrade to an A6 or A4? Having a quad core seems nice but I'm wondering if the A6 or A4 perform well enough. They're not going to be gaming but I want the computer to still feel snappy and quick.
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That's all good, but you definitely want to add an SSD to that system, 64GB should do.
post #3 of 8
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I know SSD's can be cheap, but not bothering for now.
Can't spend any more.

Maybe I'll get one for them for their birthdays, haha.

Also found this little bundle for an A6 and an MSI FM2 mobo:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7808845&CatId=7704

I think I'll use that in place of the A-8 and Gigabyte Mobo to shave 50 bucks off.

Makes a big difference when you're buying three of them and have to pay taxes on it all, lol.
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Originally Posted by BonzaiTree View Post

I know SSD's can be cheap, but not bothering for now.
Can't spend any more.

Maybe I'll get one for them for their birthdays, haha.

Also found this little bundle for an A6 and an MSI FM2 mobo:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7808845&CatId=7704

I think I'll use that in place of the A-8 and Gigabyte Mobo to shave 50 bucks off.

Makes a big difference when you're buying three of them and have to pay taxes on it all, lol.

This is a great idea. I have been using this particular mobo/cpu combo in client builds recently. Very stable and has the power for basic computing: Office docs, Internet surfing, HD Netflix. The new MSI FM2 boards are very solild too. I overclocked the FM1 version of this board with a A4-3400 from 2.7 to 3.4ghz and didnt even have to raise the voltage. After an hour of Prime95 and Netflix running together, the mosfets were still only 45c. Similar tests no the FM2 board yielded the same results.
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This is a great idea. I have been using this particular mobo/cpu combo in client builds recently. Very stable and has the power for basic computing: Office docs, Internet surfing, HD Netflix. The new MSI FM2 boards are very solild too. I overclocked the FM1 version of this board with a A4-3400 from 2.7 to 3.4ghz and didnt even have to raise the voltage. After an hour of Prime95 and Netflix running together, the mosfets were still only 45c. Similar tests no the FM2 board yielded the same results.

Good to hear, thanks!
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You definitely don't want to add an SSD to any system unless you have a very solid game plan for how to implement it that does not interfere with day to day use of the machine by what I am assuming will be "average" computer users. Multiple drive or multiple partition systems are too complex for most people to bother learning to use correctly.

SSDs may save a few seconds at a time for years, but if every second saved is wasted on service calls every few months to "fix" a broken system because the SSD filled up, then there is absolutely no benefit to it.
     
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Originally Posted by BonzaiTree View Post

I know SSD's can be cheap, but not bothering for now.
Can't spend any more.

Maybe I'll get one for them for their birthdays, haha.

Also found this little bundle for an A6 and an MSI FM2 mobo:

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7808845&CatId=7704

I think I'll use that in place of the A-8 and Gigabyte Mobo to shave 50 bucks off.

Makes a big difference when you're buying three of them and have to pay taxes on it all, lol.

This is a pretty good deal! So it might be fine otherwise I would say the Intel route is also nice:
Intel Celeron G1910 + Intel MB would be cheap but strong. If its really only light usage, office and webbrowsing it would be enough without any issues.
If you can get 4 gb Rams cheaper as the current 8 gb you can save a bit more. I dont think 8gb is really necessary.

Other than that the build looks good.
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Originally Posted by mdocod View Post

You definitely don't want to add an SSD to any system unless you have a very solid game plan for how to implement it that does not interfere with day to day use of the machine by what I am assuming will be "average" computer users. Multiple drive or multiple partition systems are too complex for most people to bother learning to use correctly.

SSDs may save a few seconds at a time for years, but if every second saved is wasted on service calls every few months to "fix" a broken system because the SSD filled up, then there is absolutely no benefit to it.

Yeah, I wasn't going to use one. If I did, I would route all of their documents, downloads and libraries and everything to the HDD, then just have the SSD for the OS.

But I'm not bothering with it.
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