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Old 12-28-2011, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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And I thought I would throw this out for you geniuses

I need a tower built for around $400 give or take about $30. It's for my girlfriends mom. She wants it for internet, pics and media. A GPU is not needed. I may have a basic one laying around. I already have a case, monitor and peripherals. Needs to be Windows 7 since she isn't all too techy. I would like cheap, but not crap. Thanks!
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Could've given you my 775 system, if I didn't sell it on eBay a month earlier.

Board: Newegg.com - ASUS P8H61-M LE/CSM (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H61 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
CPU: Newegg.com - Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I32100 - I have the very same one.
PSU: Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts EA-500D Green 500W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
HDD: Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -free DVD Burner with purchase
RAM: Newegg.com - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model F3-10666CL9D-4GBXL

Hows that for $388? Have $8 in rebates. I'm sure you can get a nice AMD setup for less, or a less expensive drive, As the Samsung Spinpoint. I'm not familiar with the AMD side, though.
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Newegg.com - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) Socket AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor FD4100WMGUSBX
119.00 free shipping
Newegg.com - Antec EarthWatts Green EA-430D Green 430W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS 12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
49.99 since you do not need a major card for now, this will handle beautifully on this mobo.
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-880GM-D2H (REV. 3.1) AM3+ AMD 880G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
77.99 yes it is AM3+ with revisions, but I do not recommend asus or msi right now,until they patch up everything for full AM3+ launch season.
Newegg.com - Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model 992029
X2+ 27.00
For the hdd:Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
You can choose much better one, but current hdd prices are abit high.

With all this totaled, 270.99, do I smell hardware shopper murder in the house ?
Also have a real close look at intels lineup again, even below the core i3 sandy bridge, intel does have a very good line up.
Not every intel build needs to be core i3 and that else higher, because some peoples budget and needs are different.
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My RAM was $25 for 2x 2GB sticks, so more worth it.

For that budget, though, an i5 would be out of the question.
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Newegg.com - Antec NEO ECO 620C 620W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply PSU For the AMD Build only 49.99 after rebate and 59.99 before :P 190 more watts so u wont have to upgrade the psu when you get a gpu
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My RAM was $25 for 2x 2GB sticks, so more worth it.

For that budget, though, an i5 would be out of the question.
Mind, you could have easily trumped card this small debate with this:
Newegg.com - Intel Pentium G850 Sandy Bridge 2.9GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G850


Yes, its not as strong as core i3, but when the pentium 4 and up series was on LGA 775 it was quite good for what it did.
Also since this is for his mom, I dont think she could be even more happier with this.
I would have recommended Athlon II series, but amd has not made any notions to push this into the future.

If money was not a issue for me, I would gladly pickup a sandy bridge celeron dual core and mobo.
Both of those combined means less then 125.99, maybe intel is starting to listen to people about their prices.
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Intel isn't listening. They are just trying to sell off their lower end.
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