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Budget build for my uncle

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October 12, 2008 1:30:05 AM


so my uncle wants a new computer for his office. His budget would be around 650$ (cad) after taxes. He usually buys his computer from Delll/acer/whatever and asked me if i could build him somthing cheaper/better than That price segment isn't really my cup of tea so I was wondering if you guys could check the build i was thinking.

Case: Thermaltake Wing RS 100 Piano

PSU: Antec EarthWatts 380w

Motherboard: ASUS M3A78-EM

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4850E

Monitor: Acer X223WBD

DVD writer: Samsung SH-S223F

HDD: Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB


Other infos: My uncle won't play games and won't multi task alot. I am planning to install vista 64bits.

Total: 626,78$

Thanks for your time.

edit: changed PSU

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October 12, 2008 1:45:12 AM

Make sure to take a look at Newegg since they are in Canada now.
October 12, 2008 1:53:04 AM

I'd get a slim microATX case, maybe a cube like the Antec NSK 1380

the Antec Cases that come with PSUs are usually pretty good, and often 80plus efficient models.

Don't forget the OS.

a cordless mouse is nice. a corless keyboard is alos nice, but not as much of a benifit.

I think I'd stear clear of a phenom for him. the 45watt CPU you picked out looks like a better bet to me.
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October 12, 2008 2:14:43 AM

I looked a bit at to see if I could do better, but I can't really.

My only other suggestion would be to look at cheaper boards with separate graphics cards... but I don't see anything right off.

Looks like directcanada beats newegg badly right now.
October 12, 2008 2:26:18 AM

@ roadrunner isn't a good canadian shop, Directcanada has lower prices and offer free shipping for orders of 300$ + and 100lbs -. and are different worlds XD. Thanks for at least reading :p 

That case is nice, but i want to keep the price down the most i can. But since you mentionned Antec, think the Antec EarthWatts 380w could handle that computer?

OS is already avaible and he doesn't need to buy another copy.

And i never used G.Skill memory before, those sticks should be able to run on that board right?

October 12, 2008 2:41:33 AM

@ Proximon
Thanks for the other case idea, if DirectCanada get it in store before I buy ill ask my uncle which one he prefers.
October 12, 2008 5:48:19 AM

I think your proposed system will draw less than 100 watts. so 380 is more than enough. any higher rating will just have the PSU running further and further from its peak efficiency zone. the one your trying to beat has a 300 watt PSU, but its probably not an 80plus rated PSU.
the 780g is a pretty efficent chipset, and it includes top of the line on board graphics, the equivilant to the add on card in the prebuilt system. adding vid card would just add unneeded expense and power draw for someone like your uncle.
If your uncle has a desk with a built in spot for an ATX tower than the case doesn't matter all that much, but if it'll go on his desk, I'd think he'd want the smallest and sleakest thing he could get, maybe even one of the shuttle systems.
your best bet is to ask him what case he wants.