Help a single mother with low-cost solution

A friend of ours is a single mother on a tight budget. She needs to replace the guts of a microATX. She basically has everything except RAM, mobo and cpu. She has maybe $200 to spend.

Recommendations?

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  1. Let's try this then, an Nforce board, Athlon XP, and some Ddr

    Asus A7N266-VM $72
    Athlon XP 1700+ retail $68
    Dane Elec Pc266 512mb Ddr Sdram $66

    $206 total, has everything, and the retail CPU has a decent enough heatsink to use

    Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
  2. Nice one. That mobo even has MCP-D. Thanks.

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  3. No prob ^__^ Hope she likes it

    Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
  4. I would recommend looking into a better brand of memory. Check newegg.com 's prices on memory. The last thing you need is a single mother with a tight budget pissed off at you cus she has defective memory.
  5. As much as I'd like to, I won't touch that comment with a ten foot pole :)

    Location..., Location...,Location !!!!
  6. errr... ahahhaa, i guess i kinda worded that comment badly..
  7. Over at newegg the 1800 XP is 72, for $4 you might as well get a 1800 over a 1700... its 4 dollars :)

    "Quotes are for people that can't think for themselves"
  8. <b><A HREF="http://www.crucial.com/store/PartSpecs.asp?imodule=CT6464Z265&cat=RAM" target="_new"><font color=red>512MB module of Crucial</A></b></font color=red> for $73.99.

    :smile: Good or Bad have no meaning at all, depends on what your point of view is.
  9. Is Dane Elec memory reliable? I'm using Kingston PC2100 CL2.5 DDR, mixed with generic PC2100 CL2 DDR. My system is stable @ 2-2-2-6.

    Newegg is selling 512 MB Kingston PC2100 CL2.5 DDR for just $63

    <b> "You can put lipstick on a pig, but hey, it's still a pig!" - RobD </b>
  10. I bought a Biostar M7VIG Pro for $60, added an Athlon 1700 for $55 and a CPU cooler for about $13. I added Crucial 256M PC2100 for $43. All the shipping was free at Newegg.com
  11. Thanks for all the replies. One more thing- I'm starting to worry that her power supply may not be up to snuff for an Athon. I'm not sure what it is yet, but I know the system is old and was made for like an old Cyrex. It's probably a 250W.

    Anyone know of a low cost PS with enough quality for Athlon 1700/1800?

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  12. Biostar with the Via chipset is trash, not worth the money, and besides, it's micro ATX, the Nforce board is MUCH better, with built in video and good audio should she use it.

    Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
  13. Err, I wouldn't trust an athlon on a 250 watter generic PSU. You could get a cheap Allied 300 watt power supply, I think $25 or so. If you step up a little, i'd get an Enlgiht 360 watt, about $38

    Instead of Rdram, why not just merge 4 Sdram channels...
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