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I haven't had a computer build for a long while... its been years since my last build, cause my current has stood up so well.

Anywho, since i've become so far behind, i need help building a cheap 300-400$ computer. I'm building this for my younger brother who i want to start doing online schooling to graduate highschool quicker.

Graphics are not important, this is not for gaming, as a matter of fact i'm going to try and restrict all online gaming sites - cause he has an xbox and is addicted to it as it is....

Sorry for failing with the search function, I am going to make this order TODAY, or TOMRROW, I need to have it built and ready by christmas.
Any ideas/suggestions/input of any form much appreciated.

Thanks in advanced :]
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Start with an AM3 785g chipset board, a Athlon II x2 240 regor, 4 GB DDR3 ram for core components. (If you can, that is)
Do you need peripherals, or just the box?
From Newegg.com


DVD Drive.
Card Reader.

If you do not need the card reader, take it out, but it was only $10, and was still within the budget, so I said, "What the heck".

Also, if you wanted to get the Athlon II X4 630 instead of the 620, it is 20$ more for a 200MHz bump. That is your call though.
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xxicrimsonixx - i have put all those things in my cart. They will all be compatible with each-other right?
i need to buy an OS,
I need the 32bit right?

Whats the difference between windows 7 premium, pro and ultimate?
they are priced on new egg from low to high in that order. I just don't know what would be cheapest, i feel like i'm missing something thats a better deal... been so long since i last did this.
I'd get any W7 as long as it's x64 bit. If you can go Ultimate or Pro.


That should show a good comparison.
I get the feeling Windows XP Pro SP3 will be more superior. But, I also get the feeling that windows 7 will help me control what my younger siblings do. which I guess is more important.. Are my feelings correct?

edit: nvm, this kinda answers it... i think
it seems almost as though i have to get windows 7 ultimate in order for it to be better than xp in some standards... should i just get the xp? sorry i'm just really not 100% sure about everything i'm doing.

Also, that ram seems a little steep, why is it so pricey?
The ram is expensive because it's 4gb 800mhz(The fastest ddr2).
Supposedly there is a shortage (or was very recently) of RAM chips or components, so RAM prices have sky rocketed at the moment, but if you need the PC now, not much you can do about that.

As far as Windows 7 vs XP, there's not really a comparison. If you are buying a new Computer, why would you put a 7 year old operating system on it? even beyond that, in my opinion, Windows 7 is wonderful in about every way, and is exponentially better than Vista or XP. And if you get more then 3 gigs of RAM, get 64 bit.

As far as the build itself goes, I wouldn't buy the quad core. If all he is going to be doing is school work buying any more than two cores is pointless. Also I wouldn't trust the built in PSU on a non "name brand" case (I didn't care for the look of the case either). I want a PSU from a company that I know makes reliable ones and Corsair makes some of the best you can buy and the deal of $50 with a $15 rebate is a STEAL.

Here is my recommendation:

MOBO - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128408

RAM (I chose G.Skill over the PQi's listed above) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231207

Case (Pick one, I prefer the Antec 300): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129070 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16811129041R (Open Box nice deal) or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129042

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817139008

Processor (Dual core Athlon II x2 240): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103688

*If you want to pay $8 more you can get the Athlon II x2 250, which is basically the same chip, just 200 mhz faster

DVD Drive (doesn't matter what brand, just cheapest you can find): http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136167

Total $385 ($370 AR) Still under budget

So, if you wanted to beef up this PC, you have a PCI-E 2.0 slot for a better graphics card, and it can support up to the best AMD processor (Phenom II x4 965) at this time, so it's got definite upgrade ability for future plans.

Hope that helps! Let me know what you think.
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