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I need some help with this guys and gals. I know how to build a $1500 gaming rig but no idea on how to build a nice, quick, internet browsing rig. My dad sells a lot of stuff on Ebay and we (brothers and I) are wanting to get him a new computer. He uploads pics and surfs the internet, that is it.

So, Where do I start? I'm not against Intel, I just figured AMD was going to get me further, money wise.

I can use his current monitor and I have a Microsoft sidewinder x4 I am going to give him. We will get him a different monitor down the line or maybe this will be cheap enough that we can get him one.

We would like to be around $400-500. I would like to get him an SSD but I don't think it is that big of a deal for him.

Thanks for your help.

EDIT: If the Qnix-X-star thread brought you here, read the entire post because alot of things changed from this first post.
Edited by Mbalmer - 12/5/13 at 8:48pm
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post #2 of 83
AMD APU build is where I would go. Decent size hard drive for all his pictures. and Windows 7 or Windows 8.1
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post #3 of 83
Just get him APU system.

Give me a while to look for parts, BRB wink.gif

For the SSD go for a 120 Crucial SSD

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Originally Posted by MxPhenom 216 View Post

AMD APU build is where I would go. Decent size hard drive for all his pictures. and Windows 7 or Windows 8.1

Beat me to it... we think a like :O
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What is APU system..sorry if that is a way dumb question.
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post #5 of 83
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mbalmer View Post

What is APU system..sorry if that is a way dumb question.
The cpu and gpu are together. So no need for a graphics card. And it's only about $100. For the apu*
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Originally Posted by malzmidx View Post

The cpu and gpu are together. So no need for a graphics card. And it's only about $100.

OK...I know what an APU is, I was just thinking that there was a company or something that made good, cheap systems, I misunderstood.

Thanks for your help. I am working on PCparbuilder now trying to put something together.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Mbalmer/saved/31Pg

There is a lot of shooting from the hip on this one. Please let me know about this build and suggestions. I really don't know about the psu. I labored and labored over the decision when I built my computer.
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post #8 of 83
It's a little on the high end, but you can always shrink the HDD, ditch the SSD, or get a cheaper yet still good PSU. Don't cheap out on that.
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post #9 of 83
Throw in a 60GB SSD in there for windows, it'd speed up boot times dramatically.

Kingston 60GB, 57.03$, something like this that won't break the bank.

http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-Digital-Adapter-Solid-SV300S37A-60G/dp/B00A35X6GM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1386026101&sr=8-1&keywords=SSD+60gb
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Well first off go with 2-2gb ram sticks instead of 1 4gb as you want to run in dual channel.
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