Mother's Day web browsing computer

Mar 31, 2010
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for. That means what types of tasks you'll be performing.
Web browsing and browser games

2. What YOUR budget is. A price range is acceptable as long as it's not more than a 20% spread
~$400

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
US

4. IF you're buying parts OUTSIDE the US, please post a link to the vendor you'll be buying from.
N/A

5. IF YOU have a brand preference. That means, are you an Intel-Fanboy, AMD-Fanboy, ATI-Fanboy, nVidia-Fanboy, Seagate-Fanboy, WD-Fanboy, etc.
None

6. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
GPU (GTX 560), DVD drive and peripherals

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
Default

8. What resolution, not monitor size, will you be using?
1080p

9. WHEN do you plan to build it?
Within a month

10. Do you need to purchase any software to go with the system, such as Windows or Blu Ray playback software?
Not really. SSD already has Win7 running.

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So I need some inexpensive parts to help build a computer intended for web browsing and Youtube watching (1080p) only.
Would be nice to add some fast DDR4. Thanks for any suggestions.

Need:
CPU
Motherboard
(preferably with DVI & HDMI output)
Memory
PSU
Case (optional)
 
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I think Mom-puters, are a perfect candidate to use a DeskMini for. The newest one of the family, and the one that I've been most looking forward to getting, is the A300 model. It's an AM4 socket, supports Bristol Ridge as well as Raven Ridge APUs (and Athlon 200-series). DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM, up to 2933 or 3000, depending on your RAM, comes with 1x1 AC wifi and BT, if you get the A300W model, takes up to two PCI-E M.2 SSDs, AND two SATA 2.5" SSDs (or HDDs).

The best part is, it's tiny, sports HDMI2.0, DisplayPort, and VGA (unsure if the VGA port works with anything besides a Bristol Ridge APU), USB3.0 A, USB3.0 C, USB2.0, Wifi/BT, and did I mention, it's tiny?

Oh, and ditch Windows 7. Raven Ridge APUs don't support it (technical problems). Bristol Ridge works, technically, but according to MS, is officially unsupported. After doing the first batch of updates (better grab all that you can), it will then say "Unsupported Hardware", every time you update. Which also means that MS Security Essentials won't update Virus / Anti-malware definitions, either, since it uses WU behind the scenes to update.

So, if you want Windows, it basically has to be Windows 10 64-bit.
 

OlyAR15

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Why not just get her a chromebook or tablet? Those are perfectly fine for web browsing.
 
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Called her up and tried to talk her into a Chromebook. One of those would be perfect. But she wants a new desktop computer. I dunno, you try reasoning with her.

She has a Kindle btw.

Haven't looked into the Deskmini yet. I'm not sure what parts I would get for it.
 
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So this is what I've come up with so far.

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dreadbelch/saved/#view=CVkvnQ
CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $128.90
Mobo: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $69.99
Memory: Corsair - Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 $87.99
PSU: SeaSonic - FOCUS Gold 450 W 80+ Gold $64.90
Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $24.99
Total: $376.77

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/Dreadbelch/saved/#view=yTQ3bv
CPU: AMD - Ryzen 5 2400G 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor $149.39
Mobo: ASRock - B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard $76.31
Memory: Team - Vulcan 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-3000 Memory $79.89
PSU: SeaSonic - S12II 520 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $54.99
Case: Rosewill - FBM-X1 MicroATX Mini Tower Case $24.99
Total: $385.57
 
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