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i need help building a rig for my dad. Budget is ~$300AUD(or same as USD) = ~$2000HKD (or slightly higher)

prices of parts are around the same in HongKong as it is in Aus.

The computer has to do internet, Microsoft office blah blah.. and occasionally watch a few movies. The build does not need to include any software, peripherals or monitors.

I believe the harddrive and dvd drive can be savaged from the older computer so leave those out.

What I have got in mind:

MSI 785gm-e65 [the best on tom's hardware imo: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/...,2441-19.html]
AMD athlon II x3 425 [idk about this one. you tell me!]
Adata ddr3 1333 4x1gb (its the cheapest - http://www.price.com.hk/product.php?p=107050)



thanks all

and +REP xD
Edited by *_* - 12/20/09 at 11:28pm
    
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the athlon 425 should be great for that build, but if you find an extra couple of bucks in the budget, the x4 620 would be the first thing I spent it on. At least, in us is only about 15$ more iirc. Otherwise, everything looks good. Might save a little bit of money and go ddr2 and put that savings to a 620. Might be the better use of budget/performance

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An x3 or x4 CPU is way overkill for that kind of stuff. Save some cash with an x2 (and hey, there's always a chance you can unlock the other cores anyway!).

Also, do your dad a big favor and go with 2x2GB sticks instead of 4x1GB. Sometime in the future you might find that a RAM upgrade is necessary, and if you've got all the slots full you'll have to buy the entire 8GB to do it.

By the way, can you run an HDTune test on the old hard drive? If it's really slow then that'll pretty much negate the entire upgrade, at least as far as the "feel" goes.
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Yes, I agree with Manyak. You will be able to build a decent little AM2 based computer with $300.

The Foxconn A6VMX is a great little AM2 board to go with. Even comes with onboard Nvidia 6100 graphics that will playback a movies! Thats Standard Definition

It accepts up to DDR2 800MHz which is suitable for your dads needs. 1GB would be enough.

Here is a processor i'd recommend on your budget! http://www.ebuyer.com/product/175049

I'm actually running that Foxconn motherboard at the moment and it's wonderfully reliable! If you need anymore help with picking components PM me!
    
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