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please advise my new computer.. for home use only

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June 3, 2007 9:40:19 AM

hi
i am going to build up a system for my girl friend family.
mainly for her primary school sister use. 1 standard 6, 1 standard 4, 1 standard 3
all sister..
no overclocking..

Budget around usd$500

Core 2 Duo E4400 - 2.0GHz 800FSB 2MB L2
MSI MS7267 - 945GZM3 chipset or ASUS P5GZ-MX 945GZ chipset
2x512MB Kingston DDR2 KVR667
160GB Western Digital Harddisk SATA2
19" TFT Philips - 190CW7CS wide screen
Samsung Super Multi 18x DVD-writer IDE SH-S182D

casing, floppy, speaker, keybroad, mouse.

1) advise me on the MB
2) any other advise?


** tomorrow need to buy, because her sister couldnt wait any longer.

thanks

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June 3, 2007 11:09:32 AM

That's a good config, however, a dirt cheap X2 3600+ and a cheap mobo with onboard graphics could spare you some $100 because for the purpose you want this PC, I don't think an E4400, discrete video card of fancy OC-ing motherboard are a must.
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June 3, 2007 11:44:01 AM

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That's a good config, however, a dirt cheap X2 3600+ and a cheap mobo with onboard graphics could spare you some $100 because for the purpose you want this PC, I don't think an E4400, discrete video card of fancy OC-ing motherboard are a must.


Agreed! Especially for it's intended use.
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June 3, 2007 2:06:06 PM

Go with Dell. More bang for the buck. You don't need a gamer's pc, and most Dell motherboards now have an extra pci-e slot for adding a video card. Slickdeals.net has 2 Dell configurations using the e4300 listed; one with a video card and one without with free shipping for around $400; lcd is $190 more.
June 3, 2007 4:29:17 PM

If you 're in canada, you're lucky because NCIX.com has a surprise sale today.

$365.95

Athlon64 3600+
2GB 677mhz ddr2 Ram
Biostar NF61SMICROAM2S mATX with geforce 6100
250gb Seagate 7200.10 With NCQ and perpendicular recording
Coolermaster Extreme Power 500W ATX 12V V2.01
A cheap case
18x DVD burner with lightscribe

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June 3, 2007 4:46:47 PM

Really good price for that stuff, especially if you are talking Canadian dollars. People think they need Core2 everywhere, but most of them can still do what they need to with a 1.0GHz Pentium3/Athlon; If I am lucky to get a quad for my renderings late this year, I'll just pack my current setup in a slim case, limit the frequency of my X2 4200+ to 1.9GHz/1.15V and make a nice HTPC for my sister; I bet she won't need more in a couple of years at least :wink:
June 3, 2007 6:27:00 PM

I would suggest you getting one powerful PC and buy 3 monitor, 3 PCI graphic such as ati x900ish. Get 4GB of ram and 3 separate hard drive, mouse, keyboard, speakers for each of the sisters. Use VM ware to emulate 3 different copies of windows xp and set each OS to different monitor. This would cost you 1K but it's less expensive than getting 3x 500$ computer.
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