So a family friend of mine wants me to fix up his and his son's PCs because they were performing very slowly and such but then i realized the were using 10 year old computers and that not only would it be hard to find some new parts to make them faster but that it really wouldnt be worth it. So he asked me I could build 2 PCs for under $700 and so I told him i'd see what I could do.
Now these computers are for BARE minimum work. Microsoft word internet surfing and maybe some flash games for the son. So I came up with this build for $313 and then x2 would be $626 and I would re-use the old cases and dvd rom drives.
Here's the link to what I've come up
Any advice or better ideas would be much appreciated ebcause he really wants me to keep it on a budget and he DOES NOT want a laptop because I'm sure you could possible find a better cheaper laptop out there. Maybe I could pull off an atom PC?
About the O.S. I will probably torrent win 7... I dont want to but the budget just doesnt work any other way. I also have a single 2gb ram stick lying around and an 8600gts. I also have 2 gigs of a single stick of ram. I may just use those for him so he can save money or put that money towards other things. I also found a $10 generic 500w psu... literally http://lucomputers.com/site/product_parts_detail.asp?cl... I MAY use that if it includes all the wires necesarry.
Stay away from cheap gimmicky PSUs. That is one component you don't want to put a questionable brand. If you're buying $10 generic PSU, it's probably worth the cost, meaning it'll give you $10 worth of service and then die and possibly take out the mobo with it.
Alright. So I have a quad core with 4gb of ram here. I think the 460w coolermaster psu will be good enough since there is NO video card. The motherboard has an intergrated hd3000 which should be more than enough for flash games. It think this is the best I can do for the budget. And this is in CAN prices.
I don't think it is worthwhile to try to build a budget PC. Prebuilt machines are too cheap for that, if for no other reason than what you have to pay for the OS itself. Plus you have to put a lot of time into researching, buying, building and troubleshooting the machine. You can search for prebuilt HP or Dell machines on discount sites, or even through the Dell outlet.
Building a machine yourself makes more sense when you want to have better components, when you want specific components, when you want a more powerful PC, etc.
problem with that is none of the $350 pc's have even descent dual cores. I'd rather build a similar PC but with a better cpu. I do know that at a lower price the included OS can make a difference, but I ordred windows 7 for $40 on a student deal so it's all good.