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help- New system build around $500

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July 16, 2008 11:23:28 PM

Im interested in building a new desktop for my dad. He had a crappy dell, and its motherboard fried. He called up Dell and they said the mobo on his computer was recalled, but the recall expired in January.

Sooo...Im looking at building him a new system for around $500. Its primarliy for MS word, excel, quickbooks, web browsing, but im going to pack a little bit of gaming potential in it. I picked out some parts, and If you know of a part thats as good but costs less, please tell. If one of the parts I selected is bottlenecking another part, please tell.

Also, Im looking for a good aftermarket heatsink/fan for the processor, as I dont feel like using the crappy one that comes with the processor. I wont be OCing it, but Im looking for something small, easy to install, effective, and will fit in this case/mobo. Lite- on 20x Gigabyte-x5bpd-500 case WD caviar SE 320GB Antec Truepower 550w G.Skill 2GB DDR2800 Asus P5K EPU LGA 775 Intel Core 2 Duo E7200

Also, There was valuable data on the hardrive, would I be able to just use his old hard drive on this system? I did that once before with an old compaq, and used the same used HD with a new mobo/processor/video card and it worked.

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July 17, 2008 6:46:18 PM

He dont need no 100 $ graphics card for office things. Use the 100 bucks saved to get him a proper processor that effects performance in office applications.

Get a
Motherboard. Excellent i have one. Has onboard graphics, sound all for 60 bucks.

Get a q6600 and overclock it for him. His office experience will be extremely fast especially in excel. 184 $ OEM q6600.

Everything else looks fine

July 17, 2008 6:54:52 PM

Thanks. What about a good, small, cheap after market cpu cooler? I dont want to deal with installing the stock intel one. Im not sure about getting the quad core simply because he'll be using windows xp, so I dont think there will be much of a performance difference.
July 17, 2008 7:00:55 PM

Make sure u get OEM q6600 for 184.99 instead of retail one. u save 25 bucks or so then
July 17, 2008 7:05:44 PM

would that cooler fit this case and that less expensive motherboard?
July 17, 2008 7:06:29 PM

July 17, 2008 7:07:08 PM

Dont get me wrong. The motherboard might be 60 bucks but its one hell of a motherboard.
July 17, 2008 7:09:20 PM

Btw if u havnt had experience building a computer before make sure to google "How to build a PC" and make sure ur familiar with all the steps before you do it. Make sure you static discharge ureself before u touch the processor and less is more when it comes to adding thermal paste.
July 17, 2008 7:17:29 PM

it says that cooler has the same push pins the intel ones have?
July 17, 2008 7:18:35 PM

Ive build a few puters before. Just I always go for advices, as there are things I do not know.
July 17, 2008 9:12:27 PM

yes. it has same push pins which fit gigabyte board. trust me m8