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$600 all inclusive Build

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Anyone think they can do betetr for $600, including shipping? Keep in mind it needs to have speakers, keyboard, mouse, and monitor, plus the tower. This person will only be doing homework, playing The Sims, listening to music, and maybe watching movies. And I have an OS, so that isn't needed. She won't be OCing, she just needs a PC that can function much in the same way 95% of people need their Dell PCs to function.

Motherboard: ASUS M2A-VM 690G: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131172
CPU: Open Box Brisbane 3600: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16819103036R
RAM: 2 GB DDR2 800 Super Talent: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820609226
HDD: 320GB WD Caviar: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136074
Optical Drive: Lite-On SATA Combo Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106040
Case: Rosewill with 300W PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147025
Monitor: 19" Widescreen Acer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009100
Keyboard / Mouse: Microsoft Standard PS/2: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823109132
Speakers: Cyber Acoustics 2.1: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836150044

Total Price: $586.16 Shipped

I think I did a good job, but critiques are welcome.
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Looks pretty good except for that psu.....
If she doesnt need to OC buy a cheaper mobo and cheaper ram.
lol wheres the cpu cooler at... open boexes and oems dont come with them...either than that it is really great! nice comparison to dell when dell comes out with the better deal, but this is built to ur taste and features so thats better really...sounds like a build for a gf
Um, you're probably going to need a Video Card, too....

Please tell me you aren't going to use the onboard video.....
I still have the stock HSF off of mine. Also, this was the cheapest mobo I could find with decent onboard video from a decent company. I may opt for DDR2 667 RAM, though, just to cut the price more.

And if she doesn't have any form of video card, wouldn't a 300W be enough?

Onboard video...
well the psus that come "free" with the cases are known to be really bad...ur taking a gamble basically...and hope that ur girl doesnt smell anything burn coming from her case lol..u should just drop in a 2400pro really... for the video stuff..

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I still have the stock HSF off of mine. Also, this was the cheapest mobo I could find with decent onboard video from a decent company. I may opt for DDR2 667 RAM, though, just to cut the price more.

And if she doesn\\'t have any form of video card, wouldn\\'t a 300W be enough?

Onboard video...

The one I linked to has good onboard video and biostar has some of the best AM2 boards out there... ask chozart.
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I would at least get something low end in the video department:

7300GS - $49

7300GT - $66

8500GT - $85

7600GT - $90
Why get a video card? Honestly, she doesn't play anything remotely tasking. What makes an onboard x1250 not good enough?

And my parents have had a Rosewill case with PSU for like 9 years now, and nothing has gone wrong with it, which is why I picked that case in the first place.

Also, is uATX another way to notate Micro ATX, or is it a whole different Form Factor?
yes it is,different sizes... and im just saying the psu's in cases are a gamble.. that's all... just pointing out that if u get a new built, dont be cheap...(not that u are and i get it)but, sims needs some great vid card >_<
Cut down on the big monitor, get a smaller one, cheaper too. Go CRT if you have to, but get a cpu cooler and better psu in exchange. Also, just go with 1 gig of ram. The sims isn't going to be a huge strain on the ram. And a smaller hdd.
Well if you aren't going to upgrade the video card, fine... but at least get a better PSU... It is one of the most important components on your system, if not the most important. Poor PSU's can seriously start killing off other components due to poor voltage regulation.

And high Wattages don't mean quality PSUs. Quality over Quantity. Good design with quality parts is key. Look for comprehensive reviews online or ask around, some PSUs are complete garbage.
IMHO, I have a pretty good build for you there.
Uhm, wouldn't going for the retail version of the 3600+ be better than getting the OEM and a $15 cooler (especially if you include shipping costs).
get this mobo unless you really need the accessories, also ignore those people telliong you to get a vid card. as for the psu you can try it, i doubt it will take your whole rig down with you. these guys wont be happy unless you buy an $80+ psu.
Maybe, idk, but I just thought that a separate cooler would be better than whatever comes in the box. And why wouldn't he want to get a vid card? I thought she was going to be playing games. Would the onboard work well?
She'll play The Sims and that's about it. This computer is purely for homework and music, a basic functionality computer is all she needs. I just figured a dual core would keep things from slowing own in the future, and 2GB of RAM would speed up overall performance. She does not need a 7600 GT to play The Sims...
Check salescircular.com in your state... you may find some good deals on the monitor and who knows what locally.

Also, since you have a Micro Center, check on the case deals...
Antec with a quality 380W Antec PS $59
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