New Build $700 + or - $100 with OS + Monitor. Basic Needs.

I know most forums listed here are about top of the line components and features. But I've come across an interesting request from an older family member to build a 5-10 year PC that will be better than something bought in a store? Gets down to the old roots of PC building better to buy or build? I am having a lot of trouble staying within budget and still having a lasting processor...

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Would it be better to wait until June 1st to get a free Windows 7 upgrade from Vista?

SYSTEM USAGE: BASIC needs. Web browsing, Microsoft office use, solitaire, pictures, movies etc…

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Needs EVERYTHING (for basic needs) (can skip out on floppy drive)

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: www.newegg.com or frys.com or tigerdirect.com

PARTS PREFERENCES: no parts preference, high emphasis on reliability on basic needs parts.

OVERCLOCKING: No over-clocking no x-fire

MONITOR RESOLUTION: Needs monitor! Emphasis on reliability. Keep within budget.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a very basic needs computer that also included in the 700 budget is an operating system (32 bit XP) Microsoft office and a decent antivirus.

This is a build for an older relative who would like a new computer. I am finding it difficult to keep within budget with an OS, Microsoft office, and a monitor included in the build.

What I have found so far:
OS + Office + Anti-virus = ~$350?

HDD - $42 (WD 160gb
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

Optical Drive $22 (lg DVD drive)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136149

Keyboard and Mouse - $23 (Microsoft)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109156

Memory - $30 2gb g-skill
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

CPU + MOBO Combo E5200 + GIGA = $122
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181196

GPU - would it better to have it on-board the MOBO? 4830 ~ $80

PSU - ??? No idea how many watts to get for just basic stuff

Monitor - ??? May be the most important part for older eyes

Case - ???? Not tooo cheap, usb accessibility would be nice. How many fans should it have?

Am I missing anything?

Ideally I’m just looking for a workstation that’s going to be around for a while (5-10 years). I don’t think that’s too unrealistic just for basic needs? Can go +or- $100 if needed, but nothing unnecessary needed on this rig. Will I be better off looking for a retail machine at Dell or HP with OS already loaded on it? (GOD FORBID BestBuy http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9999109000050002&type=product&id=pcmprd109000050002 )


Thanks in advance…
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  1. AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103300

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.181836%20%20 (CPU/Case combo) $99.94

    GIGABYTE GA-MA780G-UD3H AM2+/AM2 AMD 780G HDMI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128382&Tpk=gigabyte%20780g $89.99

    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231246 $59.99

    CORSAIR CMPSU-400CX 400W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008 $49.99 - $10 MIR

    WESTERN DIGITAL WD3200AAKS 320GB SATA 7200 RPM 16MB Hard Drive
    http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=10005615&prodlist=celebros $51.99

    Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488 $99.99

    Office Home and Student 2007 (3-User)
    http://www.computersworth.com/item.cfm?id=1008&itemname=Office%20Home%20and%20Student%202007%20(3-User) $94.99

    Acer X193Wb Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 ACM - Retail
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009151 $119.99

    AVG Free Antivirus
    http://free.avg.com/ $0

    Microsoft Comfort Curve 2000 B2L-00047 Black 105 Normal Keys 9 Function Keys USB Ergonomics Keyboard and Mouse - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109156 $21.99

    LG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model GH22NS30 - OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152 $24.99

    Total - $713.85 - $10 MIR


    Edit: Forgot the DVD drive.

    You can save $95 if you have the option of using Open Office instead of Microsoft Office:

    http://www.openoffice.org/
  2. Phenom II x3 720 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    Biostar 790GX motherboard w/ integrated graphics http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138140

    4GB Corsair RAM http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    Corsair 550W PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139004
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    LG DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136149

    Cooler Master Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119189

    WD 320GB HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

    22 inch monitor http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254038

    Mouse + Keyboard http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254038

    64 Bit Vista http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488

    Comes to $700 after rebates. Use Open Office for an ofice suite and AVG for free anti-virus. If you NEED Microsoft Office, you can get it from Amazon for about $100.

    EDIT: Ninja'd by shorstuff. My build has a faster processor, faster graphics, but slower RAM (which will make little difference in real life compared to a faster processor like the one in my build). However mine doesn't include Office. Personally, I see no reason not to use OpenOffice, it's just as good and it's free. You can put that money towards better components.
  3. The mid-range CPU/MOBO is listed here has a onboard video card that will only Xfire with the hybrid crossfire card listed here. (out of the cards listed) If you don't mind shutting down the onboard if you choose that build and go for the better GPU, than you will need to disable the card in the bios.
    Use openoffice.org to get your microsoft office utilities.


    Optical Drive:
    Optical Drive- $22 (lg DVD drive)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136149

    Case:
    Cooler Master Centurion 5- $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119068

    Cpu:
    Under $700 with Max everything: AMD Phenom 9600 2.3GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core - $170 w/ MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182229

    $760 with Max everything(Onboard will only Xfire with Hybrid Xfire card listed or can shut off card):
    AMD Phenom 9950 2.6GHz 125W Seocket AM2+ Quad-Core - $239 w/ MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182223

    $821 With Max everything: AMD Phenom II X4 940 3.0GHz AM2+ 125W Quad-Core - $300 w/ MOBO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182239

    Motherboard:
    Under $700 with Max everything: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P - $170 w/ CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182229

    $760 with Max everything(Onboard will only Xfire with Hybrid Xfire card listed or can shut off card):
    GIGABYTE GA-MA790GP-UD4H - $239 w/ CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182223

    $821 With Max everything: GIGABYTE GA-MA790X-UD4P - $300 w/ CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182239

    RAM:
    Slower: $19 (Wintec DDR2 800 2x1GB CAS-5)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161172
    Faster: $27 (G.Skill DDR2 800 2x1GB CAS-4)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231087

    Hard Drive:
    HDD - $42 (WD 160gb)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
    Bigger- $50 (WD 320GB 7200RPM SATA)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098
    Smaller- $34 (WD 80GB 7200RPM SATA)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136195

    Video Card:
    Nvidia: Sparkle GeForce 9400 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCIe- $45
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814187036
    ATI:
    VisionTek Radeon HD 3650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCIe- $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814129117

    Hybrid Xfire:
    Asus Radeon HD 3450 256MB 64-bit GDDR2- $34
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814121230

    PSU:
    BFG TECH 550W- $55
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817702010

    OS:
    Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit $100
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116485

    Keyboard + Mouse:
    Microsoft keyboard/mouse- $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109156

    Monitor:
    Hanns-G 19' LCD Monitor CR 700:1 $120
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824254005

    Anti-virus:
    Norton Internet Security 2009 OEM $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832108390


    Total:

    Phenom 9600 $651-691
    Phenom 9950 $704-744
    Phenom II X4 940 $781-821

    Edit- The hybrid crossfire card has a $10 mail in rebate and most of the items have free shipping.
    If you need/want a 64-bit Vista home premium, it does not effect price and can be found here.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116488
  4. Very nice builds...

    YoYo - Skimming out on the software is not an option. It's all about comfort level with exisiting software. I will most likely sitck with XP and Office student edition because it is familiar for them. I think I may even splurge the $25 for Norty Anti-V.

    Shortstuff - Spot on with the budget well done. Although, I kind of worry about the CPU and may need to upgrade the monitor to something bigger. Nice find with the onboard GPU on the MOBO. That is what I was looking for to shave some $$. For future's sake do you think it would be better to go for an inexpensive quad core?

    Affinity - Thank you for the extra options as well! Although I couldn't see the $100 needed for Microsoft office.

    Has anyone heard any news on the windows 7 upgrade from Vista? Is it worth the wait?
  5. Norton is arguably worse than avg or mcafee so thats $25 badly spent.

    also Vista 64 performs better than xp64 with 4gb of ram and it looks nicer.

    And finally the phenom am2+ quads aren't top of the list for anyone's processor cos they have poor performance. get a phenom II am3 quad or tri core cpu.
  6. I also like Shortstuff's list. You could shave off a few $$ by getting DDR2-800.
    There are more differences between Office 2007 and prior versions than between Open Office Org and Office. Someone more comfortable with Office 2003 and prior versions may find it easier to use Open Office. Something to consider...
  7. I am still on the fence with using open office. I use office 2007 and it was a BIG change from 2003... And honestly, after using it for a few months I still prefer the old version... I'll have to check it out on my build to see if I can't coax him into it...

    Anywho! Here is what I am thinking now for this build (turned out pretty well):

    DVD Drive: LG $25
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136152

    Case: Antec 300 $60
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    HDD: WD 320 $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136098

    Monitor: 22" Asus $150
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009145

    MOBO: ASRock A780GMH/128M AM2+/AM3 AMD 780G HDMI Micro ATX $70
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157154

    PSU: 400w Corsair $50
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139008

    Keyboard + Mouse $22
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823109156

    Memory $43
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231122

    Micro$oft Office 2007 $89
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116135

    CPU: PII x3 720 $140
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103649

    OS: Vista 32bit home
    Combo w/ CPU $65
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.182212

    Total $765

    Will this suit my requirements as stated above? Will it work as a build? Is my mobo too weak?
  8. A few changes:

    Get this hard drive, it's much faster http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136074

    Get this RAM, it's cheaper http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145184

    Get vista 64 bit, 32 bit makes no sense with 4GB RAM.

    If you want to save more money get this case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119189&Tpk=elite%20332 The one you have is great, but this one is $20 cheaper, allowing you to make the upgrades I stated above.
  9. I can agree with the $5 dollars for the 16MB HDD.

    I do want to use any rebates so the RAM is actaully more expensive. I'm not willing to wait around 4 months for a $12 difference...

    The cases are within $5 after shipping charges are added on... Antec 300 has free shipping.

    Vista 32 bit is $35 cheaper and he won't notice the difference... May even wait till windows 7.

    Shouldn't I be able to get office 2003 and Windows XP fairly cheap somewhere??? I can't believe they are still charging hundreds of dollars for this garbage.
  10. Besides a 32 bit OS not supporting all my RAM will this build be compatible? Am i missing anything on the build?
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