Or around $350 to $400, less even if possible.

Making a budget system for a relative who's running on a 6 year old Dell Inspiron 2400, I believe.

2.4 Ghz Single Core Celeron, 256 MB of RAM, 80 GB HDD, Intel Integrated Graphics... Yeah, won't be hard to upgrade.

I'm looking for good basic performance, I've got an ATI Radeon 4550 to toss in so integrated graphics or whatever aren't a worry.

While I'm an AMD fan myself, since it's not mine I could go Intel for this. I'm looking for some decent future-proofing as well, my initial build has an AMD Athlon II X2 240, 2 GB of RAM, 320 GB of HDD, DVD/CD Burner, etc...

Unfortunately this is a build from ground up, so it requires a case/PSU as well, most preferably in MicroATX tower instead of ATX (Yes, looking for a MicroATX motherboard as well).

In keeping with trying to have a low price as possible, I was also looking at the Sempron 140. Not sure if upgrading to, albeit a faster single-core, but still another single-core, would offer that much.

Anyway, was hoping to get some input from third-parties, see what the community has to say. Thanks in advance! A low budget makes it fun to balance for performance.

Oh, and if possible with a given motherboard/CPU combo, I'm not against the idea over overclocking either, though OCing under a stock fan always makes me edgy, and upgrading the CPU fan is, of course, more money.
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  1. What's the usage?
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    Wow, this was definitely pretty tough, but I think I have something here:

    CPU: Athlon II x2 240

    Mobo: ASUS M4A78LT-M LE (Do you know how hard it is to find a cheap microATX mobo with no integrated graphics!? :P)


    HDD: Samsung F3 Spinpoint 500GB

    Case: Rosewill R102-P-BK


    OD: LG DVD Burner

    In total this comes to $341.93, before taxes, shipping, or MIRs. I really hope you don't need an OS in your budget, 'cause that could easily break you :P.
  3. @p55ibexpeak - General day-to-day use, Web Browsing, flash games, some little games but nothing intensive, I don't think any are even 3D, chat, skype, and some photo editing.

    @Mavanhel - Funny, except for the hard drive and power supply, everything else is the same as in my build! Nope, no OS needed, being a computer science student has its advantages sometimes. And I didn't mean the motherboard doesn't -have- to have integrated graphics, just it doesn't need to. =P

    What's slightly annoying is that except for just having 2 GB of RAM, the computer I'm building for this person (out of my own pocket, 'cause I'm a nice guy) is better than my current one. Though, I'm saving up to get something actually good. Heh.
  4. Ya, I'm actually surprised as to how well this build turned out. As for you computer, save up $800-1000 and you could get something that would make him/her drool :P. But good luck on the build and have fun.
  5. Haha, interestingly enough that exactly the budget I'm aiming for. Will take a while, sadly.

    Just out of curiosity though, what do you think would be your take on a Sempron 140? As is, never mind the possibility of unlocking the extra core and overclocking, since that's never certain.

    I'd imagine not really worth it to go single-core, but would like someone else's opinion.
  6. I would absolutely not build on a single core anymore. I'm almost at the point where (assuming it's not an extreme budget build like this one), I don't recommend dual cores. There's just so much running in the background now that a single core gets bogged down really easily.
  7. Ah, alright. That's what I figured.

    And heh, sorry, hadn't noticed the New Build Advice guidelines. Many apologies, now I know.
  8. You basically gave all the info it says you should give, and that's all that really matters.
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