Help finding a very inexpensive case & psu

Hey fellas,

I'm looking for help finding a case and psu on a dime, preferably $30 with shipping, $50 is our absolute maximum.

My sister wants to take some online college courses, but can't without a computer. I can't afford to help her much because my own budget is so tight (fulltime artist). She'd only be using it for word processing and whatever else she might do in her course-work.

I've been able to get all the parts for her except the case and psu, which I have to find for under 50. Pooling our money we are already a bit overstretched at that. We dream of maybe 30 :hello:

Any ideas out there? I saw some on zipzoomfly, but none had a PSU. Some didn't say they didn't have one, but didn't say they did, example: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005887

I looked on newegg as well, but they want 13-17 to ship each case and couldn't find something in our budget.

Any help out there locating one?


I know the PSU is terribly important and we won't be getting anything safe or reliable at this price, unfortunatley, but there just aren't any other options.

The parts it has to fit are A) an asus a7n8x board, a 1.5ghz amd processor or B) a no-name with no markings micro atx board (that I am wary of) with a 2ghz pentium 4 processor -- AND: 1gb samsung ram, and an nvidia geforce 4600 video card (64mb mem), and a crt monitor.

Thanks so much for anyone who has a few spare minutes to help me look.
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  1. divpers said:
    Hey fellas,

    I'm looking for help finding a case and psu on a dime, preferably $30 with shipping, $50 is our absolute maximum.

    My sister wants to take some online college courses, but can't without a computer. I can't afford to help her much because my own budget is so tight (fulltime artist). She'd only be using it for word processing and whatever else she might do in her course-work.

    I've been able to get all the parts for her except the case and psu, which I have to find for under 50. Pooling our money we are already a bit overstretched at that. We dream of maybe 30 :hello:

    Any ideas out there? I saw some on zipzoomfly, but none had a PSU. Some didn't say they didn't have one, but didn't say they did, example: http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005887

    I looked on newegg as well, but they want 13-17 to ship each case and couldn't find something in our budget.

    Any help out there locating one?


    I know the PSU is terribly important and we won't be getting anything safe or reliable at this price, unfortunatley, but there just aren't any other options.

    The parts it has to fit are A) an asus a7n8x board, a 1.5ghz amd processor or B) a no-name with no markings micro atx board (that I am wary of) with a 2ghz pentium 4 processor -- AND: 1gb samsung ram, and an nvidia geforce 4600 video card (64mb mem), and a crt monitor.

    Thanks so much for anyone who has a few spare minutes to help me look.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147007

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147010

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147051

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147024

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147070
  2. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811145064
    Main problem with above is no rear exhaust fan.
    Thus, this combo is better:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16811212033
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817159043
    Total including shipping is $44 after two $10 mail-in rebates.

    Other good places to look:
    craigslist
    Fry's every now and then has case+ps+free shipping for dirt cheap after rebate.
  3. CraigsList.Org

    People are giving away cheap PCs for Free or next to nothing.
    They are nothing great, but for word-processing and browsing the web they are fine.
  4. $30 is tough, but I'll do my best.
    This case seems OK, you may need another 120mm fan for the front though:
    Rosewill R230-P-BK

    This is a quality PSU considering the price:
    FSP Group (Fortron Source) ATX300-PA ATX 12V (v2.2) 300W Power Supply

    Total: 39.98 before shipping. Unfortunately shipping is over $20 to my zip code, and that would break your budget. I saw that somebody posted an awesome deal on a Coolmax PSU, if you have to cut corners that would be a good choice.
    Good luck.
  5. I installed this PSU in a front office computer and had to remove it because it was just too noisy. I have since put together a P4 for a kid with it. He is complaining his system runs hot and noisy. I'll likely be replacing it again. If you can stand a little noise it works.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817159043
  6. Thanks guys, you've put up some great links and we looked over them together and there are some options in there for us. Shipping looks like the prices listed for us, in Oregon, 13-15 and the psu's are 6-7, so it's better to get the combos =\

    However, we'll look over some Craiglist options tomorrow, (Portland), I glanced over it and that looks like a great recommendation - it looks like as long as youre careful there are some great deals! Plus no shipping.

    I appreciate the offer on the PSU, thank you so kindly, but it's important to us that we are able to fly on our own wings, things are tight but we'll make it to better times.
  7. You might find something in Antec's "B" stock offerings. http://www.antec.com/us/pro_b_stock.php Good quality, but I don't know about shipping costs. Because of shipping costs, a local purchase might be best.
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