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Cheap but powerful 64-bit system?

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August 9, 2007 2:44:47 AM

I need a 64-bit system right now for computer class. I don't need good video, any sound, network, modem, or SCSI. Just 64-bit capability. I already have the OS and software.

How would you go? Pentium D 64-bit or Core 2? Which mobo? Which memory?

Gotta buy the parts next week and get it going next weekend. What's on sale?
August 9, 2007 3:46:30 AM

AMD x2 3600+ CPU
Foxconn 690 Motherboard
512 or 1 GB of the cheapest PC26400 you can find

All from newegg. The mobo and cpu has free shipping. I am putting together a budget PC for someone right now and I really like these parts for the price.
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August 9, 2007 3:47:13 AM

Cooler Master Centurion 5 - 29.99 after Rebate
Antec NeoHE 430 - $40
Intel Pentium E2160 1.8GHz - $95
Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 - $86
GIGABYTE 7300GT 256MB - $70

Price: $408 after rebate :) 

That should be a pretty good basic system.
August 9, 2007 3:50:27 AM

I would go to Circuit City or BestBuy and get whatever they have around $500, ideally something that happens to be on sale. Just make sure it says Core 2 somewhere. You could build your own PC yourself from parts but this way it's cheaper and safer and faster and you get a warranty.

Or check one of the threads with titles like "help me pick parts for a $700 build"...

What OS have you got? If it's Vista you do need good video.

What software have you got? Just curious if it's something that works best on a quad-core processor.

How much money are you willing to spend on the PC itself (don't include monitor, speakers, keyboard, mouse)?