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My sister's PC recently failed. The motherboard and PSU in her micro ITX OEM PC has bad capacitors. She decided not to bother with it and just buy a new one. She's probably thinking OEM/brand name store bought, which in the end, will work, but I decided to try and piece together a budget platform and was surprised at the price.

I haven't worked with AMD in a long time, and even then, it was for a short time. Will this AMD platform work together okay for the basis of the system?

CPU
AMD Athlon II X2 255 Regor 3.1GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core ($62.99)

The 3.0GHz model was $2 less, and the 3.2GHz model was $7 more, so this seemed the sweet spot. It won't be overclocked. The AMD Athlon II X3 450 (3.2GHz) is $17 more, but for her use, I'm not quite sure if Facebook and Open Office warrant it.

Motherboard
MSI 760GM-E51 AM3 AMD 760G HDMI ($69.99)
ASUS M4A78LT-M AM3 AMD 760G HDMI ($69.99)

I'm slightly lost, but I think I've narrowed it down to these two which should suffice for her needs. Feel free to recommend other boards as well if need be. I really wanted a full ATX board, but the only ones with IGP are too expensive (outside one Foxconn board which seems iffy).

RAM
Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) ($39.99)

Her uses are basic, and consists of online schooling for her degree, Facebook/e-mail/internet, and maybe light media.
Edited by Princess Garnet - 4/21/11 at 7:13pm
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Athlon II x2 250 + Biostar A880G+ - $101. Though it is 100Mhz less on the CPU, it is a full HD capable chipset (760G is NOT full HD acceleration capable), and costs significantly less than the original choice. This combo is not available this cheap with the 255. The cost is so much less that you would be able to fit in this decent Kingston HyperX Blu 1600Mhz DDR3 kit into the budget (though it is actually cheaper after the rebate)
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For her use, is the RAM speed going to matter?

+Rep on the deal, but I fear it won't be there when she goes to purchase a few weeks or a month or so from now. It doesn't have four RAM slots, but I doubt she'll need 8GB during the life of this PC.

If the deal expires, there are still 880G motherboards that only listed as $5 more than what I'm looking at right now.
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Though it is 100Mhz less on the CPU, it is a full HD capable chipset (760G is NOT full HD acceleration capable), and costs significantly less than the original choice.
Cool. This is the sort of stuff I wanted to know/don't know about AMD motherboards/chipsets and such. I did some Googling and the 880G seems to be what I want to be after.
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Well if you believe in rebates and are looking to save some cash that way I say go with the Kingston kit which is a good deal. If not (since the likelihood is indeed it won't be a huge difference), you should be ignoring brand (they all offer lifetime warranty anyways) and getting the cheapest generic kit possible (i.e. this Crucial kit for $39.95 shipped)

760G is missing a few HD acceleration capabilities for AVC playback (a.k.a. what most internet HD content streams by), including Flash 10.2 GPU accelerated playback for sites such as YouTube.
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I would definitely recommend the Biostar A880G+. If you ever did want to get her on 8GB of RAM, you could just sell or reuse that kit and get a 2 x 4 GB kit which are pretty cheap nowadays.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5 SuperMicro X11SSM-F-O C236 Integrated 2 x 16GB Kingston ValueRAM ECC KVR21E15D8/16 
Hard DriveCoolingOSPower
5 x 8TB Seagate IronWolf Pro in ZF2 Array CoolerMaster Hyper 212 Evo FreeNAS 11 EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W Gold 
Case
Fractal Design Node 804 
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i7 4790k Asus Z97 Pro WIFI-AC Sapphire Nitro Radeon R9 Fury Tri-X OC+  G.Skill 4 x 8GB F3-2133C9D-16GXH 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2 x Intel 730 480GB SSD in RAID 0 Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Noctua NH-D15 Winblows 10 Pro x64 
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Logitech G500 Xtrac Ripper 
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