Low-end pc recommendations

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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  1. Quote:
    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=N82E16813121281
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819112208
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820145026
    Or 2x the last one for a gig.
    Cheers!
  2. 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.
  3. Quote:
    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.
  4. 100% serious, never have had an issue with the 6100/410 chipset.
  5. 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.
  6. 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)
  7. 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.
  8. Look HERE. Total of $302 w/o shipping.
  9. 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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