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Hey guys.

All of my pc building knowledge is in High end builds that only ever used intel parts. I really have no idea whats good in terms of a AMD budget build like this so I figured I would ask the BEST. I've always been impressed with the quality of builds and advice coming out of overclock.net So this is the first place I always turn when it comes to computers. I hope I have not rustled any jimmies asking for help.

I'm looking to ween my girlfriend off her MacBook Pro as well as converting her to a desktop and by getting her a very budget PC. Were talking 280-300$. I'm very much trying to ease her into the idea of using a computer with this build. Not looking to go overboard in terms of budget just yet just in case she completely hates it. If she falls in love with it I would then build her an official gaming computer at a later date.

Thank in advance! Here is some pertinent information.

1. What will she be using this computer for?: Browsing the internet, watching 1080P movies, general use, skype, writing emails, viewing pictures, uploading video from a flip.

2. Is there anything she doesn't need to buy?: ***I have a 1TB HDD, windows 7, an optical drive, along with a mouse and monitor. I also have a GTX 260 so no video card would be required but obviously the case/mobo would need to be compatible with that unless it was smarter to just not use the GTX 260 at all.***

3. Any other important information?: No microcenter nearby but she does live near a Fry's http://www.frys.com/ac/storeinfo/las_vegas-location-frys-electronics-hours-maps-directions not sure if that helps. A cheapo SSD would be nice but I'm not exactly giving you much to work with here in terms of budget so its not a must have.

Other thoughts
: I've done some research and found this PC Parts List The HTPC and The "Next-gen" Crusher seemed like good places to start and both in budget. The idea I had with The "Next-gen" Crusher is to just buy the build as is but replace the video card with my existing GTX 260 I believe it would be compatible? but I thought I would see what everyone else thought here before I committed to that.

Thank you so much for your help and let me know if you need any additional information.
post #2 of 19
I would say to look into an FM2+ APU based build. They are great bang for the buck and have a significant amount of (budget friendly) upgrade potential if you crossfire a cheap AMD card with the onboard graphics at some later date. You can always put in the 260 until that day comes, but I would probably just stick with the onboard graphics.

Did you want a list of specific components or just an idea of where to start?
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A specific list would be great. I'm looking to learn as much as possible about AMD budget builds so I would love to see what people come up with.

As far as upgrading. I'm not really looking to upgrade this build at a later date. I just want this to be a stable PC for her that she can use to do what she needs without me tweaking it every now and then. If she takes to it and loves it I would just build her a completely new high end gaming machine. I think that would work out best in the end, I think 2 seperate PCs would suit her. one for work and one for play.
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Here is what I came up with for $300 (a complete system with the parts you already have). You would also have plenty of upgrade room here. I use a very similar PC for my HTPC/Server, and it is very responsive and more than strong enough for day to day stuff, 10 bit 1080p video, light gaming, etc.

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Thank you very much Hollywood. I was looking to spend no more than 270-300 but this combined with what I've already learned so far I'm sure I could edit it down a bit.
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With the mail in rebate cards it comes in at just under $300.
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Here is what I would buy OP

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/35e71
CPU: AMD Athlon X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Kingston Black 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Amazon)
GPU: GTX 260 that you own (PS: I love that card)
HDD: 1TB HDD that you own
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($44.99 @ Mac Mall)
Total: $292.94 (NO MIR'S!!)

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Originally Posted by HollywoodGKS View Post

With the mail in rebate cards it comes in at just under $300.

I just noticed that! Thanks for putting in the effort to find rebates for me. Rebates are always a nice bonus but between having bad experiences with them(getting the money back 3 months later) and always telling my self ill use them after I buy and then never do... I try to avoid them.

She gave me around 270$ to work with and I dont mind putting in an extra 30$ if i need too so i'm pretty committed to making that work.
post #9 of 19
You could also probably find some cheaper ram on amazon. As long as it's from a reputable brand and at least 1600Mhz, it's all good. I would much rather go with the APU I listed than that Athalon, but if you can go down a bit on the ram you should get to the $280 range.


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Again I appreciate both of you for your help guys.
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Originally Posted by HollywoodGKS View Post

You could also probably find some cheaper ram on amazon. As long as it's from a reputable brand and at least 1600Mhz, it's all good. I would much rather go with the APU I listed than that Athalon, but if you can go down a bit on the ram you should get to the $280 range.


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So the only benefit of the APU over the Athalon is that it has integrated graphics? Meaning I wouldn't need to mess with the GTX 260 or is there more added benefit as well?
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