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Low cost Build?

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December 29, 2005 10:59:36 AM

I'm looking to build a second computer for general office use. I would like to keep the cost in the $300 range and need only HD,MB,CPU,Case with PS,Mem,and OS. I'm doing only office work with the computer so on board (MB) video will be OK. Here's what I have from newegg so far:

Case: APEX PC-115 Beige Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply
Item #: N82E16811154017
HD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST340014A 40GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM
Item #: N82E16822148013
MB: ECS 760GX-M Socket 754 SiS 760 GX Micro ATX AMD
Model #: 760GX-M
Item #: N82E16813135194
Memory: Rosewill 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200) Unbuffered Dual Channel Kit System Memory
Item #: N82E16820223030
CPU: AMD Sempron 64 2600+ Palermo 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Item #: N82E16819104249
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Upgrade with SP2 - Retail
Item #: N82E16837116194

Total out the door is $394 with shipping. Any feedback on getting the cost down would be greatly appreciated. If you do see any interface issues please let me know this is only my second build.


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December 29, 2005 1:07:03 PM

With that budget you should look at Ebay or search Neweggs refurb area. That $300 limits is really tough - especially if you have to include OS. Have an old copy of Win98? Doesn't sound like you need much more than that...
December 29, 2005 1:53:52 PM

For what you're going to use it for, you did a good job. I just finish reading the January issue of MAX PC and they built a low cost $300 system. They used Linux because they are certified techies. For the rest of us, Windows XP is the way to go.
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December 29, 2005 4:13:43 PM

for 300$$$ get the cheapest Dell for $299 after savings
December 29, 2005 4:16:32 PM

Go thru and price out that $299 system - including shipping....see how close to $299 it really is.
December 29, 2005 4:22:14 PM

free shipping, 100$ rebate-not around all the time tho.
December 29, 2005 4:31:15 PM

If it has similar specs, then give the coupon code and link the rig. It might be worth it...I still wouldn't want to deal with the software bloat and at that pricepoint you also lose the vainted tech support after 90 days.
December 29, 2005 9:23:36 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

I thought of Dell befor the post, but once you get out the door they usuall tack on tax and shipping and that kills a $300 deal. The MB usually has issues with it to like not having enough pci slots. I also don't like to have all the extra software loaded on the system with the dell stuff.

I may just run Win 98 but I think 1G of Ram for that may be a overkill?
December 29, 2005 9:25:58 PM

right here

oh forget it, too much crap to deal with when you get a Dell. The price is not worth it.
December 29, 2005 9:53:00 PM

Since I live in California I usually look at prices through pricegrabber, don't think it's as big a deal with you seeing the final price, put after putting in that OS newegg item number and grabbing the model number, punching it into pricegrabber yielded

Shaved 20 off the price.

The one you listed is an upgrade? (Think I read that right...) Anywho, they have less feedback than newegg obviously but out of 74 reviews it has the same average rating.

I have no idea on that site's credibility but when I finally build my computer I'm doing it through price grabber because the tax for me on newegg hurts :( 

Just a suggestion.