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My mom is looking to get a computer. She knows I'm good with parts and I build them fairly regularly so she trusts me to that extent.

The problem is that I rarely have the time to look up parts for a PC. It doesn't need to be anything special, just a home PC.

-Dual Core preferred
-Enough system memory for Windows 7 to operate quickly
-Decent HDD
-Low end GPU preferred. I have younger siblings who might like to play a few games and such.
-etc...
     
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.606690
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130612
    
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>.< If I wanted a hex core, I'd be raising the budget.... Thanks though, that's a wicked combo.
     
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microcenter nearby? they got amd cpus + free mATX mobos all the time
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
>.< If I wanted a hex core, I'd be raising the budget.... Thanks though, that's a wicked combo.
but you said $500 home PC, those two items together come in at $500

also, like you said its a wicked combo. Your mom wouldn't need a new PC for an incredibly long time. Beating that with 500 is gonna be a chore

getting a dual core with that budget would be a waste
    
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How's this look? I have a 17" Hanns-G monitor that she'll be using.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=12096434
     
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If you do have a microcenter, you can pick up a 555BE and mobo either free or $40 off. MSI 785GT-E63 has on-board everything including a native HDMI, optical out etc. All you'll need is RAM, case and HDD.

You'll come in under budget and can spend the extra on **** that moms like. Spend some of it on an identical hard drive, and use something like Casper to clone the first one (or keep a system image/backup), so when she hoses the OS with 23 viruses, you can easily restore it.

Extra hard drive in family PC's is your best friend when the phone calls come....
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Originally Posted by Imglidinhere View Post
How's this look? I have a 17" Hanns-G monitor that she'll be using.

http://secure.newegg.com/WishList/Pu...umber=12096434
grab an athlon x4
I know you strictly want a dual core but at the prices of 4 cores and 6 cores , even triple cores, these days youre throwing money away
Edited by OutOfBalanceOX - 2/22/11 at 11:15am
    
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For sale forums.

If it's a budget home PC you're building, then there are boundless "last season" parts in the for sale section that do the job and more. Resale value on PC components is terrible, so you can score good parts for cheap.
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Yes, these days there's simply no point in getting a dual-core unless you have a ridiculously low budget (like $350). Since she probably won't need a very powerful GPU and it won't really improve system performance, I think this is the best you can get for the money:


Asus DVD+RW: $18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827135204

Antec Three Hundred Black Case: $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042

Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB: $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136073

AsRock M3A770DE AM3 Motherboard: $60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157176

Antec EarthWatts EA-380D Power Supply: $45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371033

G.Skill NS 4GB DDR3 1333MHz: $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231396

AMD Phenom II X4 820 (Deneb): $105
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103824

Cooler Master Hyper TX3 CPU Cooler: $20
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16835103064

AMD Radeon HD 5670:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102871

Subtotal: $470
Total: $488
    
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