My sister's secondhand Phenom 9550 system has gone belly up (the heat sink failed, and it turns out the case had NO fans whatsoever!). It was originally built by my uncle, and I've offered to do a better job.


I spotted this LLano combo, and wondered if this is 'good enough' or if its $354 price can be beat?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.719548

Add $99.99 for a copy of Windows Home Premium and it's $454.

Main use will be Web, word processing, photo storage and minor manipulation, and occassional light gaming and kids educational programs.
 
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Yeah I know, I remember when the used it in a SBM. It's a pretty good combo. Most of the combos like that they throw in some generic psu that comes with the case that are iffy. I'd say go for it.

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Yeah I know, I remember when the used it in a SBM. It's a pretty good combo. Most of the combos like that they throw in some generic psu that comes with the case that are iffy. I'd say go for it.
 
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Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811815005
$30 Xigmatek ASGARD II (tooless, get another 120mm fan for the rear)
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
$41 Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply
MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157260
$80 ASRock A75M FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard with UEFI BIOS
CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103943
$120 AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz 4MB L2 Cache Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3650WNGXBOX
RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231423
$24 G.SKILL Value Series 4GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148765
$35 Seagate Barracuda ST250DM000 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
$19 LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R

Total, no OS: $348 + S&H (not counting MIR, code, or special/combo

Better PSU, and case

*EDIT* throw in a 1TB drive later (or re-use the drive that was in the other system)
 
Outlander: this is for my *sister*, not myself. I'd run Ubuntu and can deal with its idiosyncrasies. My Sister is a nurse and her husband sells car parts, and they have 2 kids, aged 4 and 6 months. They need something straightforward: Windows, not the learning curve (improved as it is) of Linux.

IH8U: Once you try a 1TB drive instead of a crappy old 250GB, add that extra fan, its well over $354