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I am looking for a low budget ITX system for a family friend as a gift, He does not game and will likely not do much besides web browsing and text editing, and possibly watching movies.

my ideas so far:

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Item #: N82E16827135204
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$21.99


APEX MI-100 Black / Mirror finish Steel Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case 250W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811154084
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$54.99


Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Item #: N82E16822136769
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$49.99
$39.99


ASUS M4A88T-I Deluxe AM3 AMD 880G USB 3.0 HDMI Mini ITX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813131659
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$124.99


Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical - OEM
Item #: N82E16826105185
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$15.99


AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor ADX250OCGMBOX
Item #: N82E16819103903
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$60.99


Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116754
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$99.99


Crucial 4GB 204-Pin DDR3 SO-DIMM DDR3 1066 (PC3 8500) Laptop Memory Model CT51264BC1067
Item #: N82E16820148289
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$41.99
Subtotal:$460.92
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post #2 of 23
forget this post look for my 2nd post
Edited by HaiiYaa - 4/16/11 at 11:30am
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I would stay away from caviar blue drives... they have questionable reliability from what I have heard.
post #4 of 23
I'd go Sandy Bridge, considering it's got onboard GPU.

i3 2100 $118
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...0f3c174f502f95

H61 115 Mobo $80
http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?...TX-Motherboard
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Originally Posted by kevingreenbmx View Post
I would stay away from caviar blue drives... they have questionable reliability from what I have heard.
??????

I have 3 AAKS (before they started the blue name) and they have been going for 5+ years

500, 640x2 all fine

Though I would get a 500 gig F3 instead of the WD
post #6 of 23
For the hard drive I would get the Samsung F3 500GB, its faster, around the same price .
    
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post #7 of 23
Forget my first post this one is even better

motherboard + cpu + graphic card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157228

memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203
post #8 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by HaiiYaa View Post
Forget my first post this one is even better

motherboard + cpu + graphic card:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813157228

memory:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203
This hits the nail on the head for what he wants.
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but is a zacate e 350 enough to surf the internet ?
isn't it just a little faster and more responsive than the atom ?

Anyway I'd still go with the I3 2100, even if more expensive, it's truly faster.
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post #10 of 23
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ctekcop View Post
but is a zacate e 350 enough to surf the internet ?
isn't it just a little faster and more responsive than the atom ?

Anyway I'd still go with the I3 2100, even if more expensive, it's truly faster.
That is a crazy price for a dual core. When you can spend $20 less on the cpu alone and get a AMD x4, also the AMD MB's are cheaper
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