I just got one of these for an older lady who only uses her computer for very basic stuff ( surfing and email and iTunes, that is it ) and we purchased Windows 7 for it so I installed and configured it for her.
The only difference is that the system we bought came with Gigabyte FM2 mobo, not MSi brand, and the hard drive was Seagate 1 TB 7200rpm 32 MB cache SATA hdd and the memory was a single stick of 4 GB DDR-3 1333 Mhz, not 2 x 2 GB ( Tower came prebuilt for $300 from CanadaComputers )
This is the system:
http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_ ... _id=058137
The case is surprisingly nice for being a cheap tower...comes with cheap 350 Watt psu... I forget the brand name right now ( obviously it is a cheap brand ) but she has had the system running for a month now with no issues whatsoever, so far so good...
Add $100 for Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit OEM System Builder edition.
I was pleasantly surprised how fast this thing is ( for basic stuff, not media transcoding or any serious professional application usage of course ). It boots up fast ( for hdd that is ) and surfing is quite brisk too...
She does not game at all , but just for fun I installed Far Cry 2 to see how the APU would handle it, and it handled it nicely indeed! I was able to game smoothly with Medium settings at 1280x720 ( the max resolution of her old 17 inch LCD monitor - portrait, not widescreen design ). Considering that this is integrated graphics in the APU I was surprised it would do Medium settings instead of Low tbh... not too shabby... of course the APU will help accelerate youtube videos , about the only use it will get by her lol...
Anyways, I highly recommend a system like this for anyone considering a cheap build for basic needs, it makes a great HTPC as well...all things considered. AMD rocks here!! ( for what it is designed for, basic usage ). It is a low power 65-Watt TDP cpu as well, which is impressive considering the APU graphics in the thing...nice job here Daamit!!
AMD's A4-5300 Trinity APU. This is a 3.4GHz – 3.6GHz when in Turbo mode – dual-core part which also comes equipped with a DirectX 11-enabled Radeon HD 7480D.