$300 el cheapo build

Hello, I've been looking around... and I need to build a computer for about $300 for a friend (i'm not making any profit on this one). I already have a usable hard drive, monitor, keyboard, and mouse, but I need everything else including OS, (which needs to be Windows XP Home anyway).

Ideally 2GB of DDR2
Windows XP Home
1 DVD Drive that can read anything besides blu-ray (its kinda a media computer)
Doesn't matter which processor, as long as its better then a 667Mhz Pentium 3 lol
No specific features on the motherboard, though the entire computer needs to last a long time, which means no ECS hehe.

Thanks.
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  1. Foxconn A7GM-S AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813186141

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 English for System Builders 1 Pack CD - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116511

    AMD Athlon X2 4850e 2.5GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103255

    pqi TURBO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820141064

    SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

    SeaSonic SS-300ES 300W ATX12V Ver.2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - OEM

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151055

    Rosewill R102-P-BK 120mm Fan MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147111

    Don't think you can do any cheaper without losing A LOT of quality on the parts.
  2. emp said:
    forgetting the OS :P


    Lol, good point.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116200
    $70 over budget. I suck. :na:
  3. HEC 6K28BBX585 Black 0.8mm SECC Steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case 585W Power Supply - Retail $69.99 -$15.00 Instant $54.99

    Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model CT2KIT12864AA667 $39.99 -$10.00 Instant $29.99

    Foxconn A7VMX-K AM2+/AM2 AMD 780V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard $63.99 -$10.00 Instant $53.99

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ Brisbane 2.6GHz Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADO5000DOBOX $66.50 -$7.00 Instant $59.50

    ASUS 20X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model DRW-2014L1T OEM - OEM $23.99 $23.99

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 64-bit English 1pk for System Builders DSP OEI DVD - OEM $89.99

    Total ~$312
  4. I think there's deals on Frys as well you can check (if there's a frys around your area) that have pretty cheap motherboard/cpu combos (cheaper than Newegg) with pretty reliable components as well.

    http://www.frys-electronics-ads.com/ Here's where I check sometimes.
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