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  1. I built this for my mother some time ago, and I thought some of you might want an idea of how much low-performance PCs cost, and just how low their performance can get. My mother, as you might imagine, doesn't play games, but LOVES to watch HD video on her 42" 1080p TV. Her Blu-Ray player is one of the first generation and a computer boots up about twice as fast as it. A computer can also do much more than a DVD player. In some cases, a computer can also be cheaper than Blu-Ray players. Here's what I made: -Motherboard--Asus GA-78LMT-S2P AM3+ -Case--Antec One -Processor--AMD Athlon II X3 450 -CPU Fan--Cooler Master Hyper TX3 -Hard Drive--Seagate Barracuda 7200 500 GB -Memory--Corsair XMS3 4 GB 1333MHz -Graphics Card--ASUS GeForce GT 440 1GB DDR3 -Power--Antec VP-450 450 Watt Energy Star Certified -Drive--LG Electronics UH12LS29 Blu-Ray burner The result is a cheap computer that will defeat any video and even demanding games on low settings. I always include a$60+ GPU in my builds, as you never know when you might want to start gaming, and a good video card can let you play immediately. A note: X3 processors from AMD are sometimes just X4s with one core turned off. The fourth core can be turned back on in the BIOS of most mobos. Other X3s are just X4s with defective 4th cores and instead of throwing them out, they become X3s. OEM Windows was just fine for this computer. I got a CPU fan because I want this running cool and lasting a while. My mother also probably can't even tell if the computer is overheating, and the processor would be the first to burn.
  2. Hello! Here's something for you to chew on, prices are in USD from Amazon.com: Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more: -Mobo--GIGABYTE GA-A75N-USB3 Socket FM1--$85 -Case--Ark Technology PI-01SB--$40 -Processor--A8-3870K APU with AMD Radeon 6550 HD Graphics 3.0GHz Unlocked Socket FM1--$110 -Discrete Graphics--Sapphire Radeon HD6670 1 GB DDR3--$70 -Memory--Kingston Technology HyperX Blu 4GB 1600MHz DDR3--$25 -Hard Drive--Western Digital 500 GB RE4 SATA 3 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64 MB Cache OEM--$90 So the APU's GPU and the discrete card's GPU can work together in a way sort of like Crossfire. More details: AMD Radeon Dual Graphics I'd recommend a low-profile heatsink for the CPU like the Thermaltake Slim X3 Low Profile 36mm Height CPU Cooler--$20. This will run cooler and quieter at the stock CPU speed or give you much-needed aftermarket cooling for overclocking. A micro ATX tower might be worth taking a look at, it's slimmer but taller, and about the same volume but usually has more fans. If you need, I can list some parts to make you a computer with a micro ATX case and mobo.
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  6. Hi, AMD cards rule the mid-end price points, so you probably want a 7750. Make sure you just get the cheapest brand, Sapphire is pretty cheap and Asus too. If you see an MSI one for the same or less though, get it; MSI has some pretty neat OCing software. You can OC the 7750 a little bit, as it doesn't run hot stock anyway. I'm trying not to max out your budget, but if your friend is willing to spend all of that, a 7770 might be the best you can get right now. Remember, most of the 7750s don't need an external 6-pin. Some non-reference designs do though. The 7770, and most of the 6000 series all need 1-2 6-pins and consume greater wattage because of the larger process. If your friend is restricted by wattage or 6-pins, get a 7750 that consumes <75W. Don't shy away from the older Geforce 400 and 500 series. a 550Ti is still pretty good, though I'd recommend an AMD card for maximum performance for price. I also recently used a GT 640 in an extreme budget build. It was the cheapest card that still delivered comfortable performance. If £20 is a trifling amount to your friend, the 7750 is worth the time to check it out.