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Old August 1, 2013, 02:02 PM
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Hi Guy's,

Can anyone see where I could improve on this build by trimming down the cost without affecting performance? The computer will be used for daily tasks, office suite use, internet browsing, nothing special. I'll be running Windows 7 64bit. I would of liked to do an AMD build but am having a hard time finding a mini-itx board for AMD chips at a low cost. My approach on mini-itx was just to have a small footprint, but I'm open to suggestion for a m-itx build if it'll give me more performance or lower the cost.

Intel Core i3-3240, Lian-Li PC-Q03B (Black) - Intel Build with CoolerMaster - Guilly08's Saved Part List - PCPartPicker
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Old August 1, 2013, 02:54 PM
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you could go AMD FM2 socket... dual core will do the job as long as you don't expect to game
certainly not same performance as Intel, but certainly a lot cheaper.
this is what Mrs.Bungz uses for Facebooking...

Newegg.ca - MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX AMD Motherboard

Newegg.ca - AMD A4-4000 Richland 3.2GHz Socket FM2 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor AD4000OKHLBOX

Newegg.ca - AMD A8-6500 Richland 3.5GHz Socket FM2 65W Quad-Core Desktop Processor AMD Radeon HD AD6500OKHLBOX

works with everything else in your list... do you really need optical drive?
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Old August 1, 2013, 07:16 PM
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I've been hesitant on dropping to a dual core, but you are probably right. This machine will never be used for any gaming, in fact it's for my parents which are just your typical user.

DVD drive is a must for the little bit of added cost it relieves any issues with them receiving a CD and not being able to read it...
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Old August 1, 2013, 07:20 PM
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If you want to save more money, why not switch to a regular HDD instead?
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Old August 1, 2013, 07:52 PM
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I feel that having the response time an SSD provides is worth the investment. Even the average user can notice a difference when you throw in an SSD for load times. I've made some changes and with the build below:

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($46.99 @ Newegg.ca)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75IA-E53 Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg.ca)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($65.99 @ Canada Computers)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 128GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($139.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q03B (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($85.09 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($54.99 @ Canada Computers)
Optical Drive: Samsung SN-208DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($24.99 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $503.03
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