Need help with budget build (just some parts actually)

My friend asked me to help him build a computer with $200 - 250 budget and some parts he had. He already got this motherboard (ZOTAC LGA 775 NVIDIA GeForce 9300)


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: school work, internet, some gaming (not for high-end games)

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: motherboard, RAM, hard drive, and monitor

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, tigerdirect,

PARTS PREFERENCES: Intel platform because he already got a LGA775 mobo.


Almost all low-end build plans in this forum I found used AMD platform, so please help me with a Intel low-end suggestion.
I guess he can use the on-board graphic for a while since it's a GForce 9300.
Basically, he needs a CPU, Case+PSU, DVD-rom or burner.

Thank you very much!
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  1. the intel budget processors are very good cpus

    you should look at the e5200 or e7400 or e7500 .

    Case is all about personal choice . I prefer more conservative styled cases and other perfer thing that look like they were rejected from a star trek movie because they looked like they came from way way way too far into the future .
    His motherboard is interesting though because it is mini itx , which is a really specialist area .
    On the mb's newegg page [ in a combo ]is this case

    SILVERSTONE SG06-B Black Aluminum/SECC Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case SFX 300W with 80 PLUS certification Power Supply

    or the cheaper steel case that seems to be identical
    SILVERSTONE Sugo SG05-B Black SECC Steel Mini-ITX Desktop Computer Case SFX 300W 80Plus Power Supply

    He could probably choose anything from here as well
    but it will need a mini itx psu if one isnt fitted

    You will need a SATA dvd drive . And depending on the case it may have to be half height

    e5200 ~ $70
    silverstone steel case $75 after rebate
    sata dvd burner half height .~ $50

    Some on this page are only dvd's and not cd's
  2. Outlander_04, thank you very much for your reply.
    I'm very sorry that I made a mistake. I post the wrong link of the mobo. It's not itx board. Now I've fixed the link.
  3. Best answer
    oh well .

    your processor choices are the same . so
    Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz $115

    and SATA dvd/cd drive for around $28 on newegg

    A very good budget gaming case with psu

    Antec Three Hundred Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case +Antec earthwatts EA430 430W Continuous Power ATX12V combo is $99.94

    Thats $242.93

    but you can scale back the processor to e5300 , e5400 , e6300 and reduce the cost
  4. DVD drive: my first choice is Samsung, closely followed by LG. I've had a couple of LITEON's fail at the 10 month to a year point.
  5. Thank you everyone for your help.
    I think I will go with the E5200.
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