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Elllllo everyone. My family needs a new computer, really low needs, nothing anything more than library usage, if you get my drift. If not, .....all they need is a computer for Web Usage, music, video, maybe the most taxing thing they might need is power for recreational photo editing.

I am thinking probably Dual Core (or Cheap Quad-Core), ATX Mobo (MAYBE w/ onboard Graphics?), 4 GB RAM 1333, or 1600. No need for anything more than 1TB of HD space, no need for a SSD, Maybe a PSU with 500W Max, DVD/CD Writing and Reading. Maybe a little room for expansion.

Probably thinking about something around $2-300, but willing to go up to $350 if it means MOAR POWER, and a little more room for expansion.
    
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I would go on newegg and get an AMD combo deal. You can surely come up in the $300 range with a decent dual core or 3 core
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Tell them to just buy a Dell. I'm serious. Because if you build them a piece of crap they are going to be disappointed and when it breaks it is all on you. If you get them a pre-built it is all on the manufacturer.
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Tell them to just buy a Dell. I'm serious. Because if you build them a piece of crap they are going to be disappointed and when it breaks it is all on you. If you get them a pre-built it is all on the manufacturer.
This, the ultra low end is actually cheaper with prebuilts. Its not worth the hassle of building.
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I would go on newegg and get an AMD combo deal. You can surely come up in the $300 range with a decent dual core or 3 core
I was thinking about doing that, I just wanted to get some feedback on a few things, one being onboard graphics, two being dual or quad core.

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Tell them to just buy a Dell. I'm serious. Because if you build them a piece of crap they are going to be disappointed and when it breaks it is all on you. If you get them a pre-built it is all on the manufacturer.
Out of the options, they want me to show them how to build a computer.
    
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My take on it:

Athlon II x2 250 3.0 GHz
MSI 880GM-E41
Kingston ValueRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
HITACHI HDS721050CLA362 (0F10381) 500GB 7200 RPM HDD
SeaSonic SS-300ES Bronze 300W PSU
Rosewill R101-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower
LG DVD-RW

This is what I'd do for a light use PC. Comes out to $279.93 before taxes and shipping, $323.38 after taxes and shipping in California.

When you say recreational photo editing, what sort of editing are we talking about? If you're not using Lightroom or Photoshop, IMO 4GBs of RAM is unnecessary. If you do want 4GBs though, then I'd recommend this kit for $15 more.

With the power supply, even though it's rated at 300W, it's efficient enough to put out more than enough wattage. I'd say its 17A each on two 12V rails exceeds a normal 500W PSU.

This PC uses onboard video which, given your needs, sounds like more than enough.

Hope that helps


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I was thinking about doing that, I just wanted to get some feedback on a few things, one being onboard graphics, two being dual or quad core.



Out of the options, they want me to show them how to build a computer.
A quad core is unnecessary for your needs. The only thing I think that could use it is the photo editing, and that's only IF the photos are of high quality (think DSLRs) and the program is resource-intensive (Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop). This is coming from my experience with photo post-processing myself.

And as for onboard graphics, none of your requirements would use more than onboard graphics. My laptop uses an HD4500 integrated graphics chip and it can still run on my 24" 1920x1080p monitor any videos or post-processing I throw at it when I'm visiting my parents'.
Edited by r31ncarnat3d - 4/5/11 at 2:20pm
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I was thinking about doing that, I just wanted to get some feedback on a few things, one being onboard graphics, two being dual or quad core.



Out of the options, they want me to show them how to build a computer.
Anything will be fine really. an AMD X2 250 is a decent dual core that could fit your budget. Its no slouch for light use. Onboard graphics will be totally fine. I would just make sure you get a decent PSU and a board with solid caps.
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Edited by ghettogeddy - 4/5/11 at 2:44pm
    
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My take on it:

MSI 880GM-E41
Woah woah woah there. Wouldn't this ECS with the AMD 770 chipset be more than enough if it's a "library computer"?

ECS IC780M-A2 (V1.0A) AM3 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard It comes out to $45 After Rebates but if you can't be bothered then the original MSI is probably a better choice cause it's the same price anyways.
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