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April 5, 2008 3:49:13 AM

I have a co-worker who wrote me a $600 check today to build him a computer. He is a dear friend who I owe many favors to and I am doing this build for zero profit.

This is a budget build (NON-ENTHUSIAST GAMER MACHINE) that is going to basically be used for email, websurfing, & casual games.

Can you give me any advice on this? Does this look like a good build for a shoestring budget?

AMD 64x2 4000 CPU [...] 6819103774

GIGABYTE GA-MA69GM-S2H AM2 AMD 690G HDMI Micro ATX Motherboard [...] 6813128056

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 [...] 6820231098

ASUS Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW [...] 6827135156

Rosewill R363-M-BK Micro Case with 400W Power supply [...] 6811147099

Western Digital 160GB 8MB Cache Internal Hard Drive [...] 6822136075

Logitech R-10 4 Watts 2.0 Speakers [...] 6836121127

Logitech 967973-0403 Black 104 Normal Keys PS/2 Standard Deluxe 250 Desktop Mouse Included - OEM [...] 6823126017

Microsoft Windows XP Home With SP2B 1 Pack - OEM [...] 6832116056

As for the monitor it will be purchased locally. I think I am going to get a 19" Inch widescreen Samsung which should put me right at or a little over $600.

And yes, I am going with onboard video. It should be good enough for casual games. If he develops the need for better graphics that can always be upgraded.

What do you think? Yea? or Nea?

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April 5, 2008 5:55:07 AM

get a 780g based mobo its got AM2+ suport, much better graphics, basicly an ATI 2400. with Vita it can DX10, plus can hybid crossfire with a low end card.

best one out now is the gigabyte, but its currently out of stock at newegg.
I couldn't see you components, but for the case, make sure it takes standard ATX PSU, so it can be replaced when the stocker goes bad.

I also suggest a wireless laser mouse. and 2.1 speakers.

I'd also say Vista, some micro$oft software needs it, its a little easier to work with for a newbie IMHO, and 2 gigs is enough for it.
April 5, 2008 5:57:33 AM

i might even cut back to a single core to pay for my suggestions
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April 5, 2008 1:54:40 PM


he also needs all the other stuff too for that price.
why are you sticking Agena CPUs on non AM2+ boards, they are held back on that board. you should also look at the AMD 780g boards. ECS makes a cheap ATX one. Much better graphics than the 6100, and full suport for AM2+. I hope you dont have too many 9500s in stock, they are probably worth $50 less now that the 9X50s have been launched

back to the original topic.

this brisbane 4200 ends up being cheaper with the $10 off combo deal

as to the case, I looked it up.
then I found this case

it looks identical on the inside, and its lots cheaper.
rosewill is just newegg's store brand, so they must get them from someone.

here is one with free shipping

you sound like a fairly serious hobbyist. don't you have a spare PSU laying around? there are plenty of better cases in the same price range w/o PSUs

I've also found other online stores better for cases than newegg, but general stick to newegg for the internals.

why not egg the monitor if it will save you some money? I've had very good luck with mail order monitors. out of the last 3, there were only 2 stuck pixels on one that fixed themselves.