Need Spec's for around $500 dollar build

Hey guys I wanna build my girlfriend a computer for around 500 dollars(it can be more, like 100 or 200, just near the area of 500 is what I wish I can shoot for). It wont be a gaming computer. Just something to do school work, search the internet, watch hd movies, and POSSIBLY play games like Spore, because I think she'd like that game. I'd really appreciate it. I have already lined up specs for a computer for her, but if I were to see specs for computers you guys would make then I can compare and contrast and make the best possible candidate computer for her ya know? thanks guys
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  1. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130231873173&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling

    That should be more then enough for her. Comes with windows and a 3 year warranty, parts and labor.
  2. Just PC or complete system (monitor, keyboard, etc.)?
  3. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130231873173&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling

    That should be more then enough for her. Comes with windows and a 3 year warranty, parts and labor.
  4. roadrunner197069 said:
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130231873173&_trksid=p3907.m32&_trkparms=tab%3DSelling

    That should be more then enough for her. Comes with windows and a 3 year warranty, parts and labor.


    Pentium D series? Is that new? Pentium D series is old, very old, dude! the performance is way way out of date and not to mentioned the bad power consumption.
    Get real, dude! You'll waste your money for nothing.
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  6. to : str8ballistik
    please answer my question first.
  7. Nice configuration BaCoSs. Just wanna change the mobo. Go for ASUS with the same specs as the ecs posted above.
  8. As far as i know, the e2000 series are based on the core 2 architecture but with only 1MB L2 cache.

    And don't a 4GB kit (2x2GB) cost less than two 2GB kit?
  9. guanyu210379 said:
    Pentium D series? Is that new? Pentium D series is old, very old, dude! the performance is way way out of date and not to mentioned the bad power consumption.
    Get real, dude! You'll waste your money for nothing.



    You obviously dont know your tech very well. It is a e2180 which is the new Pentium Ds based on Allendale Core 2 Duos.
    It is the same clock as a e8400, just less cache which dont mean jack in everday apps. That rig scores 12000+ 3Dmark 06 in Vista with a 8800GT.

    Show me a better deal if you can.

    Next time read the specs.
  10. Bigburn....hmmmm...whom are you talking to? e2000? did someone had mentioned it here? or Have I passed somethin'?
  11. roadrunner197069 said:
    You obviously dont know your tech very well. It is a e2180 which is the new Pentium Ds based on Allendale Core 2 Duos.
    It is the same clock as a e8400, just less cache which dont mean jack in everday apps. That rig scores 12000+ 3Dmark 06 in Vista with a 8800GT.

    Show me a better deal if you can.

    Next time read the specs.


    On your link, I can read only Pentium D. No further details. If you wanna say it than Yup. I had tought it was only the old Pentium D805 or something like that.
  12. Hes talking about your comment on the Pentium Ds.

    They discontinued old Pentium Ds and replaced them with e21xx series.

    They are Core 2 Duo design but Intel named them Pentium D so I list them that way. I dont want to get sued for listing it wrong.
  13. I wouldnt sell that old junk. If I did it would be like $189.

    Try reading the description next time.
  14. http://www.gateway.com/systems/product/529668020.php

    Gateway DX442B $449.99

    Processor Intel® Pentium® Dual-Core Processor2 E2200 (2.20GHz, 800MHz FSB, 1MB L2 cache)2
    Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit) SP1
    Memory 2048MB 667MHz Dual-Channel DDR2 SDRAM (2-1024MB modules)
    Hard Drive 320GB 7200rpm Serial ATA II/300 hard drive w/ 8MB cache4
    Video Integrated Intel® GMA 3100 Graphics with 256MB Shared Memory (Dynamic Video Memory Technology)
    Optical Drive 18X DVD+/-R/RW SuperMulti Drive featuring Labelflash™ Technology5
    Media Card Reader Gateway® 15-in-1 media card reader with copy button
    Application Software Microsoft® Works® 9.0 & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial)8
    Backup Media Cyberlink Power2Go
    Chassis Classic System Design with Carbon Fiber Faceplate
    Chipset Intel® G33 Chipset
    Expansion Slots (1) PCI Expansion Slots, (1) PCI-E x1 Expansion Slot (available), (1) PCI-E x16 Expansion Slot
    External Ports (8) USB 2.0 (2 front, 6 rear), (2) IEEE 1394 firewire (1 front, 1 rear), VGA, RJ45 connector, Audio ports, and (2) PS/2
    Finished Goods Customer Care Label for Gershwin Direct Chassis
    Finished Goods Cyberlink Label Printer for Windows Vista
    Keyboard Gateway® 104+ Elite Keyboard
    Memory Capacity Expandable to 8GB
    Modem 56K PCI Data/Fax Modem
    Motherboard Systemboard with Intel® G33 Chipset
    Mouse USB Optical 2-button Wheel Mouse
    Network Integrated Intel® 10/100 Twisted Pair Ethernet
    Operating System Backup Media Windows Vista® Home Premium Backup Media (32-bit)9
    Power Supply 400-Watt Power Supply
    Security Software Norton Internet Security™ (60-day live updates)6
    Software Documentation End User License Agreement for Non-Microsoft Software
    Speakers Gateway® 2.0 USB Speakers
    Warranty 1 Year Basic (Tech Support - Parts - Factory Labor)
  15. to : Why_Me
    Good
  16. http://www.gateway.com/systems/series/529598024.php

    M Series-S Laptop $649.99

    Processor Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor2 T5550 (1.83GHz, 667MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
    Operating System Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium (32-bit) SP1
    Memory 2048MB 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-1024MB modules)
    Hard Drive 160GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive6
    Chassis Chassis w/ Integrated Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 with up to 384MB of Dynamic Video Memory and Intel® GM965 Chipset
    Display 15.4" WXGA Ultrabright TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 800 max. resolution)
    Wireless Network Integrated Intel® 3945 802.11a/b/g wireless networking
    Web Camera Integrated 1.3 Megapixel Web Cam
    Optical Drive 8x Multi-Format Dual Layer DVDRW with DVD-RAM featuring Labelflash™ Technology4
    Adapter 65 Watt AC Adapter
    Application Software Microsoft® Works® 9.0 & Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (60-day complimentary trial)7
    Backup Media Cyberlink Power2Go
    Battery Primary 6 Cell Lithium Ion battery (5200mAH) w/ 1 Yr. limited battery warranty
    Color Silver Solid
    Dimensions (System) 1.1"-1.50" (H) x 14.00" (W) x 10" (D)8
    Expansion Slots One ExpressCard™ Type 54
    External Ports (3) USB 2.0, 15-pin VGA
    Finished Goods Cyberlink Label Printer for Windows Vista
    Keyboard and Mouse Full-Size Keyboard, EZ Pad® Pointing Device and Dedicated Multimedia Panel
    Media Card Reader 5-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick®, MemoryStick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, xD-Picture Card)
    Memory Capacity Expandable to 4GB
    Modem Integrated V.92 56K modem
    Network Integrated RealTek 10/100 Ethernet Adapter
    Operating System Backup Media Windows Vista® Home Premium Backup Media (32-bit)
    Security Software Norton Internet Security™ (60-day live updates)9
    Software Documentation End User License Agreement for Non-Microsoft Software
    Standard Software Adobe® Acrobat Reader® 7.0
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  17. I'm talking about the whole chelito. Tower, Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, Speakers, except for windows xp, she has that already for her laptop which is complete trash which is the reason for the new computer. (she only needs 2.1 speakers fyi)
  18. I prefer the AMD proc with the AMD780 mobo from BaCoSs
  19. Dude, why don't you just buy her a laptop. You can get a decent one from Dell Outlet, or Gateway, or pick up the HP 2133 mini note. If she isn't going to game, she would be way more stoked to get a laptop (at least my wife would) than an ugly desktop.

    Most girls who are not geeks just want pretty. They do not want 4GB of ram or an 8800GT... they really don't care how many mhz the processor has or how upgradeable it is... they just want something that works and is pretty
  20. Also I would prefer a custom built computer. As I will purchase everything off of newegg. and get more for the money.
  21. str8ballistik said:
    I'm talking about the whole chelito. Tower, Monitor, Mouse and Keyboard, Speakers, except for windows xp, she has that already for her laptop which is complete trash which is the reason for the new computer. (she only needs 2.1 speakers fyi)


    If she's wanting something for school...homework etc...than a laptop is the obvious choice for many reasons. It's portable, and you can take it with you and work on your homework anywhere....sans the name "laptop". For what she's looking for a desktop is idiotic....to put it in a nice way.

    Down below is some widescreen laptops...and they carry free one year warranties. They are in your price range.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?id=pcat17080&type=page&qp=crootcategoryid%23%23-1%23%23-1~~q70726f63657373696e6774696d653a3e313930302d30312d3031~~cabcat0500000%23%230%23%2311a~~cabcat0502000%23%230%23%23o~~nf510%7C%7C436f6d706171&list=y&nrp=15&sc=abComputerSP&sp=%2Bbrand+skuid&usc=abcat0500000
  22. A laptop has been her computer pretty much her entire computer life. Which is why she wants to step up to something a little bit more comfortable when sitting at home on a computer. And secondly she's not a computer geek like you said, and is no where near that, and the problem that lies there is even if she brought a laptop to school, she cant type that fast so it would be pointless, she'd be going through a struggle trying to keep up. Just come on, I'm not an idiot, I know what you guys are saying, a laptop is the right choice if you are one of us but she's just never had a desktop computer so I wanna make her one.
  23. it would be much easier if you'd bump up the budget to something like 600-800, much better performance there.
  24. to : pcgamer12
    Agreed!
  25. pcgamer12 said:
    it would be much easier if you'd bump up the budget to something like 600-800, much better performance there.


    ??? It's for doing homework and surfing the net. If I needed something to do just that, I would have run down to walmart or bestbuy and purchased a laptop. Why would anyone need to spend upwards to $800 to do homework and surf the net? Better yet why would anyone want a desktop to do just that?

    It's 2008 people.
  26. watch below as why_me blows this **** out of proportion.
  27. pcgamer12 said:
    the diff between a 800 dollar pc and 500 one, is one can play crysis and one can do homework, i'd rather spend the extra 100-300 to get really good performance than have a crippled computer. u dont even need to get a gfx card, spend it on a decent triple-core from AMD or a nice Quad Core from Intel. Why must you settle for a AMD dual core build, they under perform. The AMD triple core 2.4ghz beats E8400 at gaming but not multitasking on vista. Read reviews at Extremetech.com, its on front page.



    Better yet read the topic and the first post. This isn't a gaming PC,....can you read english? If you want a gaming computer then go build one yourself, but next time you jump on a thread, make sure you read the topic title along with the first post so you don't waste this sites bandwidth.
  28. ur a noob. stfu. read my post. you obviously read the gaming part, then didnt read how i wrote he doesnt need a gpu and a triple core or a quad core would serve him better. i was referring to games as that's how u benchmark processors mostly, is it not? thank you for agreeing with me guanyu210379.
  29. is your name why_me because ur dad beat u when u were a kid? is that why u have anger issues and cant read english?
  30. nvm you guys aren't helping.....
  31. PWNED.
    GA-P35-DS3L
    Intel E7200
    2GB DDR2-800
    Corsair/Antec/PCP&C PSU
    Antec Solo/Sonata 3 (comes with 500w Earthwatts)
    stock coolers good, if u want to oc, get an aftermarket cooler, ACF7P since its easy to install. you need a gpu, get a weak one like a radeon 2400 since u dont game, its much better than a on board one.

    to why_me: I feel sorry for you. You must be PMS'ing or something. You blow everything out of proportion. OMG! 600-800 instead of 500!! im gonna blow a gasket FTL.
  32. str8ballistik said:
    nvm you guys aren't helping.....


    It's like this striker, if you can build a pc for $449 like the gateway I posted, then go for it. But I know I can't build one for that cheap unless I use the most ghetto pre 2005 AMD parts for this build and then it still wont be half the PC as I could by prebuilt. Especially for what you want this build for. This is one time it's wise to go to walmart, bestbuy, circuit city...whatever. Or try gateway, compaq, Dell online.
  33. Why_Me said:
    Better yet read the topic and the first post. This isn't a gaming PC,....can you read english? If you want a gaming computer then go build one yourself, but next time you jump on a thread, make sure you read the topic title along with the first post so you don't waste this sites bandwidth.


    I love this.
  34. Why are you even on this forum why_me?
    @ OP
    Building a PC is much better, costs less most of the time, just with a low cost build, you must pick your parts very carefully. You also get experience in building/troubleshooting. Part quality is much better, can you really vouch for the parts Dell or Gateway put into their
    PC's?
  35. Bacoss' build is much better than the gateway and the laptop. +1 Bacoss. did u not hear why_me? he doesnt want a laptop. Can u read English at all?
  36. str8ballistik said:
    nvm you guys aren't helping.....


    I agree with why_me, go for a prebuilt system given your price range. I understand you want to build the system for your girlfriend because it's fun to do, I would feel the same way. However, it's hard to compete with the Gateways and Dells who can mass produce cheap, decent desktops for people who just want to surf the internet and do homework. Of course, if she suddenly falls in love with Crysis then it's a whole different story! :)

    http://www.gateway.com/systems/series/529598003.php

    EDIT: Just reread, good luck finding a desktop & monitor for under 500... I thought you meant just the PC. Mouse keyboard and basic speakers you can all get pretty cheaply from Newegg.
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  38. Thats what I was looking for scurvywombat, thanks.
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