Basic build... nothing special < $500 perfered

So i just got done making my new PC and putting it together and getting windows 7 going... Thank you all for all of your help! I love it...

So now my dad wants to upgrade his computer.. he has a POS dell intel 4 from 2002 with XP home on it. LOL...

Anyway I just need a basic idea...


SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Email, aim, yim, maybe some youtube videos?

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers


PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: Perfer intel

OVERCLOCKING: Yes / No / Maybe SLI OR CROSSFIRE: doubtful to all but just for curiosity sake, if the processor was 2.66 how hard would getting it to 3.0 be?


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: just a reminder, this is just a basic computer and I just wanted to get some ideas from the community.

Thanks again.
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    Combo Price: $119.99

    Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800mhz - $43.99

    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB - $54.99

    Antec VSK-2000 Black
    Antec Basiq BP430 430W
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    Grand Total:* $429.93
  2. thanks man... i was thinking of hopefully getting him an intel .. any suggestions?
  3. E5300
    With a board like this
    Asrock p43

    Combine this board/cpu with ^^ and you've got your intel build.
  4. If you went with the E5300/P43, then you would also need to get a graphics card. AMD actually offers better price/performance and a better upgrade path in the low-end. I don't see any reason at all to use Core 2 on a new build. I wouldn't use 2GB of RAM with a new build either, especially with a 64-bit OS. These components added to the rest of build's system only raise the price by $37 and give you a slightly faster CPU and 4GB of DDR3 RAM while staying under budget. (AMD Athlon II X2 245 + GIGABYTE GA-MA785GMT-UD2H combo) $145.99

    Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model BL2KIT25664BA1336 - Retail $68.99
  5. I actually just copy and pasted that build from a different thread I posted in a while back which had a smaller budget, that's why it only includes 2GB of DDR2 RAM. I agree with shortstuff with regards to AMD over Intel for budget builds and the upgrades he suggested is definitely worth considering.
  6. Alright thanks for the posts guys, I still need to look around and what not but I am definitely considering the build with the 4gb of ram.
  7. here is a ddr3 2X2G that still keeps you under the budget:
  8. cgleckman said:
    Are we talking about a CRT here?
    Or a 7yr old LCD?
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