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May 9, 2006 3:24:47 PM

Hello, in a forum where everyone is asking for suggestions about gaming rigs, I couldn't find much for a budget low-end pc recommendations.

I need to build a pc for some relatives - all they would use it for is web browsing and Email. Just because I have built Intel based PCs in the past, I would try to stick with Intel - maybe a celeron ~1.7GHz or low end P4 would suffice.
I did think of buying a Dell, but the cheapest I could get there was about $350 (after shipping/taxes). Since these folks already have a PATA HD (7200rmp) and a case (ATX), PSU (350W) and monitor/keyb/mouse, all I need to really buy is a mobo (with integrated graphics/sound), CPU (celeron or a low end P4), stock cooler/HS and 512MB RAM. Their older PC has a retail Win2K OS, so it can be transferred over to this PC. I'm fairly sure that I should be able to find components for under $350 (cheapest at Dell) - I just don't know which one to pick! The mobo doesn't need anything great -don't need SATA support or RAID support. I would like to stick with Intel chipset though.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks

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May 9, 2006 4:06:31 PM

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Hello, in a forum where everyone is asking for suggestions about gaming rigs, I couldn't find much for a budget low-end pc recommendations.

I need to build a pc for some relatives - all they would use it for is web browsing and Email. Just because I have built Intel based PCs in the past, I would try to stick with Intel - maybe a celeron ~1.7GHz or low end P4 would suffice.
I did think of buying a Dell, but the cheapest I could get there was about $350 (after shipping/taxes). Since these folks already have a PATA HD (7200rmp) and a case (ATX), PSU (350W) and monitor/keyb/mouse, all I need to really buy is a mobo (with integrated graphics/sound), CPU (celeron or a low end P4), stock cooler/HS and 512MB RAM. Their older PC has a retail Win2K OS, so it can be transferred over to this PC. I'm fairly sure that I should be able to find components for under $350 (cheapest at Dell) - I just don't know which one to pick! The mobo doesn't need anything great -don't need SATA support or RAID support. I would like to stick with Intel chipset though.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!
Thanks

Try this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1682...
Or 2x the last one for a gig.
Cheers!
May 9, 2006 4:35:41 PM

I don't know why you'd want to stick with an intel chipset. ATI and Nvidia onboard solutions are FAR better. Both are priced pretty darn good, too. Personally, I would go with a Sempron Geforce 6100/410. Processor and Motherboard combined will run you $150 or so, reuse the other components, and you can even play DOOM3 if you want to.
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May 9, 2006 4:38:09 PM

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I don't know why you'd want to stick with an intel chipset. ATI and Nvidia onboard solutions are FAR better. Both are priced pretty darn good, too. Personally, I would go with a Sempron Geforce 6100/410. Processor and Motherboard combined will run you $150 or so, reuse the other components, and you can even play DOOM3 if you want to.

Intel chipsets are extremely stable. They are also a guaranteed build. They almost never fail, create errors, fail to POST etc. Intel chipsets are perfect for this situation. Also, playing doom3 on a 6100? You can't possibly be serious.
May 9, 2006 5:00:25 PM

100% serious, never have had an issue with the 6100/410 chipset.
May 9, 2006 5:45:20 PM

I'd really reccommend making the extra stretch to 1GB RAM, not that much more expensive and will make your PC run real nice in RAM-hungry Windows environment.
May 9, 2006 6:11:13 PM

Thank you all for your suggestions! ak47is1337, your recommendations look to be the most cost-effective.
I will get the items recommended - I did have one question though. The board is a micro-ATX - what would I need to get this to fit in their existing case (ATX)? Or would it fit without a problem? I've not used a micro-ATX board in the past and hence the question.
Thanks!

(The ~$350 suggestion by gambit6259 would probably be a bit of an overkill for this purpose though)
May 10, 2006 12:18:50 AM

Quote:
Thank you all for your suggestions! ak47is1337, your recommendations look to be the most cost-effective.
I will get the items recommended - I did have one question though. The board is a micro-ATX - what would I need to get this to fit in their existing case (ATX)? Or would it fit without a problem? I've not used a micro-ATX board in the past and hence the question.
Thanks!

(The ~$350 suggestion by gambit6259 would probably be a bit of an overkill for this purpose though)


All ATX case can accept microATX boards without modification.
May 10, 2006 1:55:59 AM

Look HERE. Total of $302 w/o shipping.
May 10, 2006 2:40:22 AM

Thank you shadowduck! That solves the problem :) 
angry_ducky, clicking on the URL gives me the "Your saved shopping cart is empty." message :( 
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