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Old January 20, 2012, 08:22 AM
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Default Budget build for mom..

All she needs it for is word, email and web browsing.

That sorta thing.


Lets justs say I am not too familiar with the low end market so I could use some help, the cheaper the better.
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Old January 20, 2012, 09:08 AM
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Get her a cheap laptop. Bought my mom one for Xmas a year ago, and she loves it far more than her old desktop. Now she can surf Facebook on the couch. $600 should get you a sufficient model such as THIS ASUS U31SD
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Old January 20, 2012, 09:24 AM
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Any re-useable parts (monitor,keyboard,mouse,windows...etc) or everything needed?
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Old January 20, 2012, 10:15 AM
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I agree with the cheap laptop, I parted together a laptop for my Mother and she loves it all she does is internet and email
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Ok....Here is the ultimate budget mom computer that still has...ready for it...an upgrade path just in case she gets into gaming or something...or just need something better down the road.

PSU Antec VP450w on sale $39.99
Antec Basiq VP450 450W Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Dual +12V Rail 120MM Fan - Antec - VP450

Gigabyte H61 MOB $74.99 (you can get cheaper ones, but they only have VGA...which is a little too budget in my books).
Gigabyte H61M-S2H mATX LGA1155 H61 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 1PCI SATA2 HDMI Video Sound Motherboard - Gigabyte - GA-H61M-S2H

Cooler master elite 370 $39.99
Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 1X3.5 5X3.5INT No PS - COOLERMASTER - RC-370-KKN1

Crucial 4gb (2x2gb) 1333mhz ram for an uber cheap $16.99
Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 4GB 2X2GB PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit - CRUCIAL TECHNOLOGY - CT2KIT25664BA1339

Celeron G540 processor (check a review...its basically a slightly gimped i3 2100 and the integrated graphics comes out as basically an HD2000) $57.72...can PM to NCIX
Intel Celeron G540 Dual Core Sandy Bridge Processor 2.5GHZ LGA1155 2MB Cache 65W Retail Box - DirectCanada

Samsung DVD burner $17.99
Samsung SH-222BB 22X DVD Writer SATA Black OEM - Samsung - SH-222BB/BEBE

Windows 7 64bit $99.99
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM - Microsoft - GFC-02050

Seagate barracuda 500gb HDD (if you could find one laying around it would save a lot of money, but its the cheapest at NCIX)...$85.99
Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB 3.5IN 16MB Cache SATA3 Internal Hard Disk Drive HDD - Seagate - ST500DM002

Total runs out to $433.65 before tax and shipping with the CPU price matched. You may be able to swap a couple parts here or there or do some more price matching to save a couple dollars, but nothing huge. If you could find a hard drive to use/reuse you could bring this down to the $350 mark before tax and shipping...INCLUDING windows 7. I am pretty proud of this budget build...if only HDD prices weren't so high. I use to recommend AMD for budget rigs, but now that the new dual core celeron/pentiums actually wipe the floor with athlon II dual cores (check the Xbitlabs review out here) I can find only a few times I would suggest AMD (usually upgrade paths or only needing minor gaming ability...APUs).
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Old January 20, 2012, 07:02 PM
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I got a keyboard, mouse and hard drive and ODD. Also have Windows.

Need a monitor and the rest of it.
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Old January 20, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Honestly if it is just for web browsing buy a couple hundred dollar netbook.
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Old January 21, 2012, 03:03 AM
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Add this monitor and take out windows and the harddrive from what I listed before

18.5" BenQ monitor. $89.99
BenQ G925HD 18.5IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1366X768 40000:1DC 5ms DVI-D VGA - BenQ - G925HD

Total runs out to $337.66 before tax and shipping with the CPU price matched.

You could get a cheap nettop, but I find them too small.

Or if you want a little larger and higher res monitor FS has a samsung 20" for $99.99 and that would have free shipping.

Samsung SyncMaster 20" Widescreen LCD Monitor (B2030) - Black - Future Shop Exclusive : 20" - 21" Monitors - Future Shop
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