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 Post subject: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:24 am 
Little Foot
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Hey guys,

I'm helping my parents build a PC that they'd like to keep around $250 that will be

1) Nearly always on
2) Used for email/internet
3) Occasionally used for HD Videos - discrete card if possible

They need:

- CPU
- Motherboard
- GPU
- Memory
- Hard Drive
- Case
- Powersupply


They have everything else required (monitor, operating system, keyboard, mouse).

I know gaming PC's like the back of my hand but when it comes to budget stuff like this, I don't have a clue. Could you guys offer some suggestions? I'm totally open to anything at this point.


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 Post subject: Re: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:47 pm 
Smithfield
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Well unfortunately $250 is barely enough to build anything worthwhile.

I'd just follow what's on here: http://images.wikia.com/4changboard/ima ... ec2012.png

And fitting a discrete card in this budget is pretty much impossible without digging in the "they allow them to sell this crap?" manufacturers. They're not even necessary in HD decoding anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:20 pm 
Little Foot
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LatiosXT wrote:
Well unfortunately $250 is barely enough to build anything worthwhile.

I'd just follow what's on here: http://images.wikia.com/4changboard/ima ... ec2012.png

And fitting a discrete card in this budget is pretty much impossible without digging in the "they allow them to sell this crap?" manufacturers. They're not even necessary in HD decoding anyway.


Fantastic! I've never seen this before. Just answered all my questions. Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 4:34 pm 
Smithfield
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Oh, it slipped my mind. That list was last updated in January. See if a socket FM2 APU fits your budget.


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 Post subject: Re: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2013 7:42 am 
Team Member
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This is the best I could do:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-5400K 3.6GHz Dual-Core Processor ($73.09 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: Kingston Value 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1066 Memory ($24.92 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 250GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($48.79 @ Compuvest)
Case: Zalman Z9 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $250.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-03-23 11:33 EDT-0400)

And no discrete GFX can fit your budget but the A6 has an onboard gpu and the mobo has HDMI or VGA options. I put a 2x2GB ram to make use of dual channel. You probably only need 250gb storage space. I couldn't really compromise on the case since the lowest ones are very bad. The Zalman looks bad but is probably better built. I heard good things about the Corsair PSU.

If you don't need it now, I suggest you build it piecemeal. Cases come on sale at Newegg ocassionally. I don't like the case but there's not much to work with. You might be able to get more RAM at a good sale price and the Mobo supports up to 2x16GB sticks.


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 Post subject: Re: $250 Email/Internet/Occasional HD Video build
PostPosted: Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:11 am 
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Heads up. Newegg has a Combo deal on the AMD 5400 APU + a 500GB HDD:

http://www.newegg.com/Special/ShellShoc ... 03262013_1


AMD A4-5300 Trinity 3.4GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop APU bundled with: 1x Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 ... - OEM

Price: $95.99

If you go with this and my previous build, you would save around $20 and get an extra 250gb of hard drive space.


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