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July 30, 2006 10:21:07 PM

Hey there, my older bro is going off to college this comming sept and my parent's are planning to spend $700 Canadian before taxes (14% tax). The computer he's getting must include all these things as well:
-17inch LCD (preferrably a good quality one)

The computer I built for myself is more high-end so it's a lot easier to pick parts but when you have to buy all that for $700 there's few good selections. He is using the computer to do schoolwork, listen to music, maybe watch a movie or 2 and light gaming (starcraft, rogue spear; he's a fan of older games :p ). I know I could easily build him a sempron/celeron computer but I'd like to get him at least something decent. I'm not very familiar with lower-end parts and what is good because the cheaper you get the more crap there is.
I'd appreciate any help you guys have to offer maybe making some suggestions.
The two websites which I will most likley use are (price matching) and (very close to where I live).
This is what I'd like to try and get him:
A64 939/AM2 3000-3800
Quality mobo
1gb memory
80gb hdd
lower end but not bad video card
dvd burner
good quality 17" lcd
printer that does the job and farily fast
quality min 400W psu

any help is appreciated, thanks.

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July 30, 2006 10:40:54 PM

just get it all form c.computers. Thats what im doing.

I think he should get a 7300gt, 3000+, am2 mobo, and a gig of 4200 ram.

or he can do that samething and go 939 and save money on ram
July 30, 2006 11:10:44 PM

well I know that, just need to know what parts exactly.
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July 30, 2006 11:17:01 PM

well I know that, just need to know what parts exactly.

i just told you some parts

a cheap mobo

you have arms go seach on
there are plenty.
July 30, 2006 11:31:55 PM

printer lol and mouse/keyboard! that adds at least $70! told u its hard to keep it around $700.
July 30, 2006 11:39:08 PM

Tell your parents to save some more..... otherwise this system is going to be a pile of crap.
July 30, 2006 11:40:13 PM

I will, it seems the difference between a $700 computer and an $800 computer is quite large. I'll do my best, thanks for the help. I just want my bro to have a good computer. Here's what I have right now, is there any way I can shave off a few $$$?
$109.99 OCZ PC-3200 DDR400 Premier
$53.00 Western Digital Caviar SATA (WD800JD)
$84.99 AMD Athlon 64 3000+ 1.8 GHz
$58.50 Antec SLK3000B Black Super Mid Tower w/o P.S
$78.99 Antec TruePower 2.0 TPII-430 Power supply
$49.99 Canon PIXMA iP2200
$24.99 Logitech Corded PS2 Keybaord & Cordless Optical Mouse
$209.99 Samsung SyncMaster 740N
$87.99 Asus A8N5X
$69.99 XFX nVidia GeForce 7300 GS
$36.99 LG GSA-H10N

Total: $865.41