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October 9, 2009 10:48:19 PM

I'm building my very first desktop ever. I need to build a desktop that will be used for checking emails, having video conversations on skype and other IM programs, word processing and watching movies. I want to spend no more than $450 on this PC. I already decided on this CPU:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I researched this CPU and I know that it's what I want. I do not plan to overclock since that CPU has more than enough power for my purposes.

What motherboard would you recommend for this CPU? I don't want to do anything fancy like crossfire, since this PC IS NOT for gaming. Ideally, I would like a mobo that costs under $90 and functions reliably. I don't want something that has a high DOA rate.

I will be using SATA 3.0gb/s hard drives that run at 7200rpm.

What type ram would you recommend? Is it possible for certain types of ram not to work with a mobo (even if the mobo accepts ddr2 800 and the mobo has ddr2 800 slots)? I don't want any expensive ddr3 ram. I would like to stick with ddr2 since it is cheap and readily available.

How about the other parts? I already have a really old ATX case from a Gateway PC that broke down. Would I be able to reuse that? Or would I have to buy a new case?

I already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and speakers.

The power supply from my old computer is an Astec (Model ATX250-3505). Would I be able to reuse that for this build? Or would I need something stronger? I would really appreciate any help. Thanks in advance.
October 9, 2009 11:09:16 PM

I wouldn't re-use your old case or PSU. They most likely use proprietary components and are not quality parts. Here's a build around your price range:

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $119.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $79.98 (Case + PSU combo)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99

Total - $466.93
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October 9, 2009 11:59:23 PM

shortstuff_mt said:
I wouldn't re-use your old case or PSU. They most likely use proprietary components and are not quality parts. Here's a build around your price range:

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 785G HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $119.99 (CPU + motherboard combo)

G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-4GBPK - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $79.99

Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Antec earthwatts EA380 380W Continuous Power ATX12V v2.0 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $79.98 (Case + PSU combo)

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders w/ Tech Guarantee - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite... $154.98 (HD + OS combo)

SAMSUNG Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 22X DVD-R 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD Burner LightScribe Support - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $31.99

Total - $466.93


Are you sure that all of the parts are compatible? Will the ram work for sure? Is it possible for certain mobos to be incompatible with certain kinds of ram (even if they do match)? Also, is there any way that I can check to see if the case is compatible with the mobo? If possible, I would like to save the $50. Thanks for your help :)  I appreciate it.
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October 10, 2009 4:54:32 AM

Yes, all the parts I suggested are compatible. That's why I suggested them. :) 

I don't know of any way of telling if your Gateway case will work. What is the exact model of the Gateway computer?
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