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December 27, 2009 1:43:09 AM

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

CPU: E1500
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=44945...
GPU: 8400gs silent
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=44312...
HDD: WD 500gb 7200 rpm 16mb
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=33582...
PSU: Cooler master extreme power plus 460w regular power supply
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=45000...
RAM: Kingston 1gb 800mhz x2
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=40331...
Motherboard: ASUS P5KPL-CM
http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=35327...

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?
December 27, 2009 1:52:53 AM

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.

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December 27, 2009 7:18:18 AM

Buy two of these for $700 or $350 each

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

Recertified: HP Pavilion A6807C(NC825AAR) Pentium dual-core E2220(2.40GHz) 5GB DDR2 500GB Intel GMA 3100 Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit

It performs much better than your Celeron w/ 1 Gig RAM and you also get Microsoft support with genuine OS.
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December 27, 2009 4:30:11 PM

Use ncix, take advantage of the boxing day sales, you could get a much better computer
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December 27, 2009 4:36:09 PM

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.
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December 27, 2009 9:21:10 PM

well I'm using canadian prices and the guy wants to pay in cash so I will have to buy form local stores. Second that is 1gb x2 so 2gb. Here is a revised version.

Motherboard: http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=45031...

Cpu: http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=44964...

PSU: http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=45000...

HDD: http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=33582...

RAM: http://infonec.com/site/main.php?module=detail&id=33845...

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.
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December 27, 2009 11:25:29 PM

Does the MB support DDR2?

Also, as a budget machine, I'd prolly go for a slightly faster dual-core, like an Athlon II X2 250
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December 27, 2009 11:56:53 PM

maddoxman said:
Does the MB support DDR2?

Also, as a budget machine, I'd prolly go for a slightly faster dual-core, like an Athlon II X2 250


Yea it supports ddr2 ram. Are you sure a cheaper dual core would outperform the would core?
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December 28, 2009 12:12:21 AM

It depends.

In apps that benefit more from higher clock speed, then the 250 will do better.
In apps that are heavily threaded will benefit more from the 2 extra cores, then go with the 620.

Both are good budget CPU's, but the impression I got from you was that
the lowest price was what you were looking for. Either of these CPUs are a
massive upgrade to what they currently have.


...this is all of course IMHO.
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December 28, 2009 12:53:38 AM

true lol! anything will be better than a Pentium 3 with 256mb of ram and 20gb HDD!! Obviously though I want the best in the budget, not just cheapest.
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December 28, 2009 1:39:46 AM

impaledmango said:
true lol! anything will be better than a Pentium 3 with 256mb of ram and 20gb HDD!! Obviously though I want the best in the budget, not just cheapest.


Everyone wants the most for their money.
I was simply giving you my 2 cents, but as you are the one doing the build, it is your decision.

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December 28, 2009 1:53:42 AM

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.
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December 28, 2009 2:06:28 AM

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.
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