Extreme Budget Build Under 300

Alright here it is. I'm looking to make a second computer for college in the fall. I'm looking to make it under 300 dollars. And I need everything including an operating system probably xp. So if I could get some reccomendations on components that would be clutch. I'm just looking for something to run the internet, word, aim, winamp.
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  1. I don't see it happening for your price range if you need a monitor. Your best bet is to try to find a deal on a cheap e-machine or something that includes a monitor.

    You might be able to piece something together off ebay using used parts and might want to consider Linux as the OS since you don't have to pay for it.
  2. Have you thought about just buying a pre-made from a major manufacturer? If you go home-built try to get Windows through your bookstore on campus. Cheaper.

    Check out Dell oulet also:
    http://outlet.us.dell.com/ARBOnlineSales/topics/global.aspx/arb/online/en/InventorySearch?c=us&cs=22&l=en&s=dfh
  3. pretty neat set up there.. raven..
  4. Get this Dell for $350

    http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&kc=6W300&l=en&oc=brpa2ti&dgc=BF&cid=7421&lid=197378

    It comes with a 19" montior which you could sell for $125-$150 which will drop the system to about $200.

    Then if you really need a monitor, there are tons of 17" Monitors on CraigsList for $10-$20.
  5. As retro said try to get windows through your campus. You can usually get it for free or for a low cost. ($5)

    If a Fry's is near you watch for adds and find out when they have a celeron 430 motherboard and processor combo up for around $50. You might try spending $100 for an e2200 combo. Add 2gb of RAM for $40ish after rebate, a 160GB or so hard drive ($50), a GOOD power supply and case ($70ish, don't skimp on the power supply, or else it could blow and ruin everything else.) A DVD drive ($30) and you should be set. Total is around $240ish. Get a Monitor and peripherals and your set.

    At this price point though it probably would be easier to buy a premade. If your campus has windows for cheap buy a premade with linux and put windows on yourself.
  6. Yeah it does look like something pre-made is going to be the best option for me. Thanks a lot for the input guys.
  7. If you need a monitor the Dell is the only way to go, just remember there will be shipping that you need to figure in the final price which is going to put you close to $400. This is a bit strange as my brother and I are having discussions about that very Dell vs. a build which I'm kind of pushing him toward. Raven gave you a good AMD build, I'll throw an Intel at ya'
    Case: $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147074
    CPU: $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116036
    RAM: $20 (will be upgrading to 2 gig later)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145526
    MB: $67
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078
    You can get this board in a bundle with Vista Home Premium and get $20 off- total $147, just if you're interrested
    HDD: $41
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148231
    DVD burner: $27
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151153
    Power supply: $50
    http://www.buy.com/prod/Corsair-VX-450w-Power-Supply/q/loc/101/205466485.html

    Pretty sure this adds up to $300.00, if you need the vista/mb combo it's $380
  8. Wasn't someone else selling a computer for $300 with a 6600GT?
  9. If you want to go on the cheap, i'd recommend
    AMD 780G MB (Want cheap, buy cheap) $70 AR
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135075&Tpk=780G

    AMD X2 Brisbane 4000+ RETAIL W/ HSF $56
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103774

    Cheap 2GB DDR2 800 Memory (1x2GB) $35
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

    Maxtor 80GB Sata 300 HDD OEM $38
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822144466

    LiteON DVD+/-R DL Burner 20x OEM $23
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228

    Case/PSU:
    Rosewill Black ATX Case w/ 300WATT PSU $21 AR
    You might have to replace the PSU ultimately, but with the low power requirements, you shoudl be fine.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147093

    Total: $243 plus shipping ($27 to Michigan).

    Youd could change a few things like a different case, or a PSU, but the system shoudl be game lightly (Don't expect Crysis to run well), burns DVDs (as well as decode 1080p in hardware, HDMI/DVI ports for integration to HDTVs).
    The CPU is a low power Dual Core, will get the job done and will overclock decently. For a few more dollars you can increase the size of your HDD also.
  10. Yeah I second thought the Dell with the shipping and all. I have a spare crap CRT monitor laying around that I can use. I'll probably buy this thing piece by piece when I come in to the money just like I did my gaming comp. So I'm gonna take all these parts in to consideration and again thanks for all the help. Plus I may just want to throw a card with two DVI ports on to have monitor and tv hooked up at the same time.
  11. You might want to check out Craigslist.org for your area and just get an entire used computer. If you're near a big city your almost guaranteed to find something there.
  12. Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811164040
    ($23, nothing special, just a cheap case)
    PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182074
    ($32, cheap 400w)
    MB: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135076
    ($50, cheap mATX but upgradable, onboard vid)
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103732
    ($41, cheap AM2 X2 OEM)
    HSF: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835186010
    ($10, Alpine64 cooler)
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820208283
    ($36, cheap DDR2 800 2Gb)
    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
    ($48, 160Gb SATA HDD)
    DVD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136117
    ($24, LG DVD burner)
    OS: Go with what Raven stated (Linux is your friend)

    Total: $264 + S&H (Not counting combo deals, or MIR's)
  13. wow...that's though an original xp home costs at least $ 80.
    And that is already $ 80.
    Perhaps, you should go for Linux like the others have told you, since it costs nothing.
  14. Thing is I'm not to familiar with Linux so any reccomendations on which one I should go with and how easy it is to use the basic programs like a word processor, aim, IE, etc.
  15. Hm...Linux is your only friend on this one, my friend, you can't get any OS other than LInux if you want to build a system under $ 300 including the OS.
    Windows self costs minimum $ 80, or perhaps you can get it for free from your university, if it was given for free, or use a (sorry no offend) illegal OS for your own risks.
    That is why I am still working under XP , the one that I've bought years ago, because I have used all of my green to buy my new system, VISTA'll have to wait.
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  17. If you want to build something for under $300 then you will not be able to get a monitor and you'll have to run Ubuntu probably. Which is a really user friendly free operating system. But if you want a monitor and XP, definately get a dell, even comes with a warranty. But the 780G mobo, while is still integrated graphics, is much more upgradable and even the inegrated graphics are at least a better than normal. And you can run windows programs on Ubuntu with some additional downloads from their site.
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