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Old February 15, 2010, 08:02 PM
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If you want an even cheaper build you could probably get by no problem with an Athlon II 240/245/250 (whichever you get the best deal on), and a 785g motherboard (integrated HD 4200 will probably be more than fast enough for what your parents will want). You can get 785g motherboards that support either DDR2 or DDR3, so take your pick and go for it (make sure the board you pick supports the memory type you want to use). These athlons are faster than the e5300 as well. Consider it anyway. IMO any computer for <$600 including everything except graphics card (if required) is a much better bang for buck with AMD. Intel is fine, and above that price you really have to look at what you want, but below that price its hard to beat.
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