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Building a cost effective older build, what do you guys think?

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May 17, 2013 12:20:50 PM

I need a second computer so I am putting together a very cost effective build with fairly decent speeds. So far I have come up with this setup, what do you guys think? Would you make any adjustments?

I am sourcing most of these parts on ebay used:

$20 Mobo: Intel BOXDQ45EK LGA 775 Intel Q45 Mini ITX Intel

$30 CPU: Core 2 Duo E8400 + heatsink

$15-20 Memory: Kingston 1GB SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) KVR800D2N5/1G

I remember owning a E8400 on my Gigabyte DS3L and it had pretty good speeds so I believe these speeds will satisfy my needs. The main selling points for me are E8400 processor and that this setup has E-Sata so I can easily sync/transfer data between computers.

Is this setup compatible? Can I get anything better for similar price?

Thank you

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May 17, 2013 12:31:14 PM

You could look on Ebay/Craigslist for companies/schools selling old computers. A lot of times you can get a tower for $50 and it will be pretty comparable to this.
May 17, 2013 12:44:54 PM

I would sooner buy a used pacemaker than computer equipment, especially on Ebay or Craigslist. Unless you know the seller (who must be local) and they have agreed to take back the item if it doesn't work to your satisfaction.....forget it.
May 17, 2013 12:48:39 PM

A lot of times businesses replace all their hardware when the warranties are up, so perfectly fine hardware gets sold off for something new that is covered by the manufacturer. A seller with many of the same computer is probably a good example of this and I would imagine for a cheap spare computer it would be okay.