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Budget System for General Home use - Please Comment

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July 12, 2009 2:53:40 PM

A quick intro, I've gotten into Ubuntu recently and now I'd like to build my first PC. I am just going for an extreme budget build partly as a challenge to find good cheap components while I'm learning about all this and secondly about 90% of my home computer usage is listening to music, uploading pictures (no real editing), and Internet use, so nothing high demand. I'm currently typing this on my Dell D600 that I have had for 6 years now! Anyways, onto the system. BTW I'm a complete newbie so feel free to offer any suggestions or criticism I have to learn somehow!

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Within 30 days
BUDGET RANGE: 200-250$ US Dollars (not including S/H or tax)

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, music

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, keyboard and mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg.com but am really open to anything for a good deal

PARTS PREFERENCES: Cheap!

OVERCLOCKING: No
SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Quiet would be nice

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Here is what I have found for parts so far.....

ECS Geforce6100PM-M2 AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200 Brisbane 2.7GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Question here, will the included fan & heatsink be OK or would it be better to buy the CPU OEM and buy a separate fan & heatsink?

Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model KVR800D2N6K2/2G - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

APEVIA ATX-CW420W 420W ATX12V Power Supply - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
I would really like a suggestion here, my gut tells me this one probably not a good option

Pioneer Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 2MB Cache IDE CD/DVD Burner LabelFlash Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

323-02 ATX Tower
http://microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?pro...
(I can pick this up locally so that is a plus to save on shipping)



Additionally (and not part of the budget). I would like to find and all in one card reader, specifically one that can handle HC micro SD cards, any suggestions here would be appreciated also!!

Thanks so much to everyone in advance, I look forward to the responses!
July 12, 2009 4:59:58 PM

Apevia is one of the brand of PSUs i would never put in a system. Includes Raidmax, Logisys, Athena and a few others. For your use i'd go with a stock heat sink and fan. For better performance at close to the same price i'd go with an Intel Pentium 2/G31 mobo.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

If you can pick up a SATA burner instead of an IDE, i'd use SATA. (newegg is having trouble keeping them in stock)

Maybe an external USB type reader
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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