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October 6, 2009 11:23:51 PM

I need to build a cheap PC for my uncle and he wants it to be fast so I was thinking dual core cpu, maybe a 2.2Ghz. He wants at least 2GBs of RAM. He wants it to be under $300 with out monitor, keyboard, mouse. Any suggestions for what I should get?

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October 7, 2009 1:53:22 AM
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October 7, 2009 2:10:22 AM

Iwidas has as basic as you can get... I would recommend trying to get another $100 out of him and build my "Non-Gamer" PC listed in my signature tread. It is a better PC for a little more money.
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October 7, 2009 2:25:48 AM

You didn't mention an OS. If you need one, that budget isn't going to work.

Also, stay away from the older AMD CPUs like that brisbane. They are garbage. If you're looking for a cheaper CPU, look at the e5200. Throw a cooler on it and it'll OC like a champ.
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October 7, 2009 6:01:15 AM

ditto on iwidas

However spend a little more on the CPU if you dont not overclock.

also forgot the DVD drive for about $40
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October 7, 2009 7:15:12 AM

aford10 said:
You didn't mention an OS. If you need one, that budget isn't going to work.

Also, stay away from the older AMD CPUs like that brisbane. They are garbage. If you're looking for a cheaper CPU, look at the e5200. Throw a cooler on it and it'll OC like a champ.


overclock for his uncle? isn't that a overkill? why would he need that?
taking dump the Brisbane amd cpu and get this Athlon II cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you are in the us and fancy email rebates, you can get this ECS 780M chipset mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which after mail rebates will add total of 10$ more. if you don't fancy mail rebates, you can take this foxconn mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with chipset of 760G.
both of them are future proof (e.g. you can replace the cpu with a phenom II x4 without buying new mb), the first mb's pro is that it can play FHD without a problem and it has a ATI Radeon HD 3200 gpu o/b.
the second mb's pro is that cheaper but can't play FHD well and has a ATI Radeon 3000 gpu o/b
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October 7, 2009 7:16:36 AM

oops, forget to finish the second line, I was refering to lwidas's build
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October 7, 2009 11:18:43 AM

daggs said:
overclock for his uncle? isn't that a overkill? why would he need that?
taking dump the Brisbane amd cpu and get this Athlon II cpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... if you are in the us and fancy email rebates, you can get this ECS 780M chipset mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... which after mail rebates will add total of 10$ more. if you don't fancy mail rebates, you can take this foxconn mb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... with chipset of 760G.
both of them are future proof (e.g. you can replace the cpu with a phenom II x4 without buying new mb), the first mb's pro is that it can play FHD without a problem and it has a ATI Radeon HD 3200 gpu o/b.
the second mb's pro is that cheaper but can't play FHD well and has a ATI Radeon 3000 gpu o/b



The OC is to get more speed for free. The OP said his uncle wants it to be fast, but in this price range, no CPUs are fast.

BTW, those boards would bottleneck a phenom II x4. It'd be a waste.
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October 7, 2009 11:25:04 AM

aford10 said:
The OC is to get more speed for free. The OP said his uncle wants it to be fast, but in this price range, no CPUs are fast.

BTW, those boards would bottleneck a phenom II x4. It'd be a waste.

I'm sure his uncle can maintain a OC computer...
with windows installed, all cpu become slow with time...
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October 7, 2009 11:31:36 AM

There's nothing to maintain with an OC'd CPU. PC's become slow because users don't know how to keep their systems clean.
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