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Old May 1, 2012, 09:19 PM
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My System Specs


Canada Computers | CPU | AMD A4-3400 Dual Core 2.70GHz APU , Socket FM1, 1Mb L2 Cache, 65W 32nm (AD3400OJGXBOX) - $59.99
Canada Computers | Motherboards | Asus F1A55-M LX PLUS Socket FM1 AMD A55 FCH Chipset Dual Channel DDR3 2250(O.C.)/1866/1600/1333/1066 MHz 2x PCI Express 2.0 Slots 8-Channel HD Audio GigaLAN 6x SATA 3Gb/s 12x USB 2.0 VGA Micro ATX -$64.99
Canada Computers | Memory | ADATA Premier Series 4GB DDR3 1333MHz CL9 DIMM (AD3U1333C4G9-R) - $19.99
Canada Computers | Hard Drives | Seagate Barracuda (ST500DM002) SATA3 6.0Gb/s 500GB 16MB Cache (OEM) - $79.99
Canada Computers | Cases | Cooler Master TC-101 Mid ATX w/500W PSU Black (TC-101-KKR500) - $34.99
Canada Computers | Keyboards, Mice, Tablets, Digital WhiteBoard | Enermax 2.4Ghz Wireless Desktop Combo w/ Nano Receiver (KM001W) -$19.99

My build is $279.94 before taxes and is still a screamer for your parents. Why are you building them so much power/ram/etc when they don't/won't need it? With my build you can add:

blue ray drive - Canada Computers | CD/DVD/RW /Blu-Ray Drives | ASUS BC-12B1ST/BLK/B Black 12X Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Drive SATA (OEM) $64.99

for a total of $344.93 and with tax it is $389.77 out the door.

You could even add:

Canada Computers | Video Cards | Asus HD7750-1GD5 AMD 7750 Chipset (820Mhz) 1GB (4600MHz) GDDR5 DVI/HDMI/Display Port PCI-Express 3.0 Graphics Card - $119.99

for a total of $525.36 TAXES IN and this machine will play most games on good medium settings or better. Your PC is $635 after taxes with no dedicated graphics card or bluray/dvd drive. I know you specified Intel, but for this build AMD is really the best possible choice.
DAILY: MSI 970 Gaming/FX6300/16GB Corsair DDR3/ASUS CU II R9 270 2GB/128GB SSD+750GB HDD+2TB HDD

HTPC: Dell 960 SFF Q9550/Corsair 8GB/X4500HD/128GB SSD

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