Thoughts on this build for my parents?

socK

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1) What will you be doing with this PC? Gaming? Photoshop? Web browsing? etc
Word, web browsing, maybe videos, light gaming such as Sega Genesis emulator, heh.

2) What's your budget? Are tax and shipping included?
$400~ ideally, not including tax / shipping

3) Where do you live?
NJ

4) What exact parts do you need for that budget? CPU, RAM, case, etc. Please be very specific.
Everything except monitor, mouse and keyboard. Look below...

5) If reusing any parts, what parts will you be reusing? Please be especially specific about the power supply. List make and model.
Not reusing anything...

6) Will you be overclocking?
Hopefully, Zalman 7000 alcu looks good for pushing a little more mhz out of the CPU.

7) What size monitor do you have and/or plan to have?
have it...

8) When do you plan on building/buying the PC?
ASAP, today or tomorrow

9) What features do you need in a motherboard? RAID? Firewire? Crossfire or SLI support? etc.
Nothing special, just needs to work.

10) Do you already have a legit and reusable/transferable OS key/license?
Buying OS in the future...


mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128388
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116072
ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184 (may change to 2gb to save $$$, do you all think the 4gb is worth it?)
hd: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042
psu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139001 (a little expensive for my tastes in this case, any cheaper modular psus?)
gpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125251


Any changes? Cheaper is good. If there's a good place to shave off $$$ then I am open to it.

I know I didn't include the DVD burner.
 

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steal

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157154

I would recommend this motherboard instead, I recently used it for a build and it was really great, along with the previously recommended Corsair 400w PSU with an Antec 300, which is pretty much whisper quiet.. The 520HX is way, way overkill and way more than you need to spend.

The integrated video should be more than enough to run aero and any HD content.

Personally I would still go with 4gb and the Athlon II X2.

For an extra $20, I would recommend this heatsink/fan combo for the CPU also - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835233014. Not that the Athlon II X2 needs the extra cooling, mostly because this will be much quieter than the retail heatsink/fan. If you purchase it, make sure to use the 4-pin connector and turn fan control on in the BIOS - with fan control on, the fan spins at around 800-900rpm and is inaudible with the case closed.
 

socK

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Ok guys, thanks for the input.

I'll be making some adjustments and ordering it. Got to get this thing together ASAP.
 

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Let's go with this for the same price you built in your OP with no DVD Burner added. This will smoke your E5200 build in all areas other than the PSU though hehe. But, you don't need that Corsair HX520 anyways.

CASE w/psu - Antec NSK 4480B w/ Antec Earthwatts 380 for $94.95 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129060

CPU/MOBO - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0ghz + .ASUS M4A78 Plus both for $148.99 ($10 MIR on mobo)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.211678

VIDEO CARD - Sapphire Radeon HD 4650 512MB for $50.99 ($10 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102838

RAM - 4GB G. Skill DDR2 800 for $48.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

HDD - WD3200AAKS 320GB for $49.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

OPTICAL - Samsung 22X DVD Burner for $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Total: $422.90
 

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Or... I think you should be fine with this also for your needs to cut more cost down.

CASE w/psu - Antec NSK 4480B w/ Antec Earthwatts 380 for $94.95 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129060

CPU/MOBO - AMD Athlon II X2 250 Regor 3.0ghz + .ASUS M4A78 PRO 780G chispset both for $158.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.211691

IGP Graphics Radeon HD 3200

RAM - 4GB G. Skill DDR2 800 for $48.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

HDD - WD3200AAKS 320GB for $49.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

OPTICAL - Samsung 22X DVD Burner for $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Total: $381.91
 

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Or, for even more savings with shipping & tax included

CASE w/psu - Antec NSK 4480B w/ Antec Earthwatts 380 for $94.95 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129060

CPU/MOBO - AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor 2.9ghz + .BIOSTAR TA790GXB A2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 790GX chispset both for $139.98 ($20 MIR)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.216754

IGP Graphics Radeon HD 3300

RAM - 4GB G. Skill DDR2 800 for $48.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

HDD - WD3200AAKS 320GB for $49.99 w/free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

OPTICAL - Samsung 22X DVD Burner for $28.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151188

Total:$362.90
Tax: $28.08
Shipping: $9.60

Grand Total: $398.58
 
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