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May 23, 2008 3:23:08 AM

Hey folks,
I know there's a lot of these kind of posts, but I am in urgent need of ya'lls help to spec out a budget system. The system is for a friend and his wife who'd Dell Dimension 2400 just went out on them.

We will be scavenging as much as we possibly can from the dell system: monitor, keyboard, mouse, hard drive, etc...

would need:
case, MB, ram, vid card, power supply, cd burner, CPU, *whatever else I can't think of, like thermal compound*

Computer will be used for: simple internet surfing, digital camera photos, emailing.... Budget: eh, $500 or less (if possible)

thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to reply, it is greatly appreciated.

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May 23, 2008 7:32:09 AM

CPU: Intel E2160: $70

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L : $85

RAM: 2GB DDR2 800 Crucial Ballastix : $30

GPU: 8600 GTS: $90

DVD RW: SAMSUNG Black 20X DVD burner: $30

PSU: Corsair 550vx : $65

Case: Antec/Coolermaster: $55

Total: $425

That would serve you very well. And you'd save $75 from the budget.

This case comes with a 380W power supply... you'd save more $$ that way.
May 23, 2008 8:44:29 AM

GPU: get the ASUS EN8600GT SILENT, no fan, I'm sure she will appreciate it.
May 23, 2008 8:55:05 AM

There's no need to spend $90 on a video card, I'm guessing there will be very little to no gaming done. A motherboard with AMD's new 780G chipset should be more than sufficient (integrated 8 channel audio + radeon HD 3200 with DX10 support)

I'd recommend the following parts:

Case: COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330-KKR1 55 + 350W PSU $55


CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Black Edition $88

RAM: Crucial Ballistix 2GB DDR 800 $35

: Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW $30

Total: $298

Talk about bang for the buck ;) 

Good luck.