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I usually buy AMD, but I think I would like to try out Intel this time.

I am looking to build a small rig for my parents. They will only use it for light internet surfing, picture/video storage on the HDD, and HD video playback.

Could you guys recommend a few parts or builds for this $300 mITX budget? Thanks!
post #2 of 20
Sure/.
200$-http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=309271&Sku=B69-0347&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2001c-_-CatId_31_B69-0347
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Damn nice CrossFire. You sure did fix this issue fast I agree with Crossfire! And intel is awesome now adays ^_^
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post #5 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrossFireCharge View Post
Wouldn't it still be better to build it yourself?
 
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Just saying,Pretty Good Deals.! And Thanks Method!
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post #7 of 20
Honestly it would be better to go with AMD for this since Zacate is very powerful when compared to the Atom. If you're stuck on Intel for this one I like what CrossFireCharged linked.
    
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post #8 of 20
Quote:
Originally Posted by CrossFireCharge View Post
Sure/.
200$-http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=309271&Sku=B69-0347&cm_re=Homepage-_-Spot%2001c-_-CatId_31_B69-0347
What
Sigh, another do-it-yourself ripoff "deal"?
That is seriously not even optimized.

If the 9750 is 125W then the motherboard won't safely support it being low quality 3+1 phase
SINGLE CHANNEL 2GB memory (that's a lot of performance loss right there)
No graphics card (770 chipset mobo)
What the heck is Raygo? Doesn't look like a trustable brand as far as PSUs go to me. Plus, this isn't even Mini ITX anymore.

What you can get at the same price may be a bit underwhelming it seems... Athlon II x2, 785G mobo, 4GB dual channel DDR3, and an at least trustable case/PSU i.e. a Rosewill combo
Will it outperform that rig and be much better? YES. Why: parents will probably never use all those 4 cores so they will benefit more from the higher Athlon II x2 clock speed. Dual channel is a big benefit and there is more RAM. The operation is cooler and safer due to lower CPU TDP.

My suggestion for a Mini ITX build would definitely be AMD Zacate, will outperform Brazos and provide HD video playback for the same price. You may even be able to find a Mini-ITX AM3/AM2+ and Athlon II x2 or so for the same price if you look on eBay or used markets or other stores. Even if you get something with nVidia ION for HD playback, Intel's Atom is still significantly behind AMD's E-Series APU in CPU performance.
post #9 of 20
For a cheap build, you might want to look at the e-350(AMD fusion)... E.X. This
Add some RAM, case, and HDD, and you're set. It's a $1.96 over without shipping, but it's good.
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post #10 of 20
they both would run fine for the purpose intended, and around the same price so this problem is solved lol
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