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gonna be used strictly for browsing and doing homework.

goal was to be under $400, cheaper the better.

case: CM RC-120: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119261
mobo: ECS H61H2-I3: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135323
cpu: Celeron G530: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116409
mem: Mushkin DDR3 1066 2x2gb: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146746
psu: Silverstone SST-ST40F 400w: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817256060
hdd: WD caviar blue: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136771
odd: LG DVD burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136259
wireless: Rosewill pcie 1x: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166047

total comes to $323.92

mouse, key board and monitor and not needed as he already has them.

thoughts? suggestions?
 

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for the sole purpose of doing homework this will be just fine for him
 

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the mobo is deactivated though..
 

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If he want's a little more (I've used photoshop, etc for hmwk) a 60gb ssd and 4-8 gb ram would serve him well. I've found my current i3 3225, 8gb of ram and ssd to kick my old i7 920+12gb ram+ huge hdd in the ****. in any case, I would go for the 4-8gb of ram as the difference in $ is minimal.

another thought: when I'm researching I'll have 30+ tabs open at the same time. I've seen browser mem usage as high as 1gb. and there's nothing worse than hangs when you need to finish a paper. so I think 4gb of ram is a no brainer.
 

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And some savings could come from:
pico PSU (if he has a power brick). This should be good enough: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Box-picoPSU-80-Output-Input-Supply/dp/B005TWE5E6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361740768&sr=1-1&keywords=picopsu
ditching the dvd burner (if there's another one available, he can just transfer the ISO, use pen-drives, etc)

With that freed up you could go for the 4gb mem and a 60gb ssd for like $40 more
hes not very computer savvy in the slightest, so ISOs and pen-drives would just confuse the living crap out of him so the burner needs to stay.

ill do a little digging into the pico psu. never used one before.
 

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And some savings could come from:
pico PSU (if he has a power brick). This should be good enough: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Box-picoPSU-80-Output-Input-Supply/dp/B005TWE5E6/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1361740768&sr=1-1&keywords=picopsu
ditching the dvd burner (if there's another one available, he can just transfer the ISO, use pen-drives, etc)

With that freed up you could go for the 4gb mem and a 60gb ssd for like $40 more
or go this route

http://www.amazon.com/MI-008-Tower-Black-Chassis-Supply/dp/B001H0BA24/ref=pd_sim_e_2
 

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