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A Christmas Present

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November 5, 2009 3:42:49 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: sometime this month BUDGET RANGE: No more than $400 Before Rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet, music, pictures

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: all parts needed

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: I like newegg, but whatever has the best prices is fine

PARTS PREFERENCES: once again, whatever is the best price

OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No

MONITOR RESOLUTION: doesn't need to be great, read my additional comments

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I just finished building my computer about 2 months ago, and my mom loved it so much she asked if I could build one for my 15 year old brother for Christmas. I asked her what her budget was and when she said $400 I told her it might be tough. All he needs is a computer to do his homework on, surf the net, download music, and manage his pictures. If it's possible to do for $400 or less, I'm all for it, but if not let me know. This will need everything, including an OS, keyboard, mouse, speakers, and monitor.

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November 5, 2009 4:16:15 AM

You'll need to up your budget, I believe. After you take out $110 for the OS, $100+ for the monitor, and $35+ for the keyboard/mouse/speakers, you won't have enough left over for the parts (I don't believe). Here's a try.

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
RAM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
HDD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PSU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ODD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
OS
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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November 5, 2009 4:30:27 AM

^Agree, can't do with 400 when needing monitor..os..keyboard..speaker..
maybe a really really weak computer. do they still sell p4s? lol
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November 5, 2009 12:26:33 PM

yeah, I didn't think it was possible. I'll let my mom know and see if she wants to up her budget. Though, I was wondering something about the OS...I am currently using Windows 7 on mine, and I got it free when I bought Windows Vista, is there any chance I could (legally) use my vista on his computer, and if so does that change things as far as the budget goes?
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November 5, 2009 4:49:15 PM

The Windows 7 license is an upgrade license. Once you validate Windows 7, the license for Vista becomes invalid. So no. You cannot (legally) install Vista on your brother's system

With a budget of only $400, (also looking at the system usage) you'd probably be better off getting a pre-fab system. If Mom's willing to up the budget, then you can go ahead and look at building.

-Wolf sends
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November 5, 2009 5:08:43 PM

Wolfshadw said:
The Windows 7 license is an upgrade license. Once you validate Windows 7, the license for Vista becomes invalid. So no. You cannot (legally) install Vista on your brother's system

With a budget of only $400, (also looking at the system usage) you'd probably be better off getting a pre-fab system. If Mom's willing to up the budget, then you can go ahead and look at building.

-Wolf sends


I'm with Wolf on this one. If 400 is the limit, go prefab. I think Walmart has a cheap box, without monitor for 300, then drop 100 on a monitor. I'm sure there are more out there that would work, but with such a low budget, a big box supplier is probably the best bet.

-Also with the home builts, people are suggesting semi-unreliable parts and no name manufacturers. If you go with pre-built you would at least get some type of warranty.
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November 5, 2009 5:35:18 PM

I have another idea, since your brother uses it for just surfing the internet. Get a netbook, best for the budget I would say.
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