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April 11, 2010 3:14:58 AM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: Soon (within a month or less?)

BUDGET RANGE: As cheap as possible ($400 is way too much...it's for a friend in dire need with little to no money. I may end up paying for it myself).

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Internet (Youtube & facebook mostly), MS Word, LOTS of picture storage, mild to no editing. Watching school DVDs & doing online tests.

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, 70GB PATA HD available for use for now, although he's wanting to buy an external hard drive, so I might be able to use that for the external and buy a SATA drive. The CD=RW is IDE, as is the memory card reader.

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: NewEgg, ZipZoomFly, Crucial...

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: USA

PARTS PREFERENCES: by brand or type: None

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe for fun, but no need to. No need for multiple GPU

MONITOR RESOLUTION: current 17" CRT (1280x1024)

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have an old HP case I might try to use if possible.

Current system: 2.4 GHZ Celeron, 512MB RAM, 70 GB HDD. Fairly clean and slower than heck! He doesn't use it for much, but it takes five minutes for FireFox to load. I'm savvy enough to have checked for viruses, and look at startup processes. He's running his digital camera & a nice HP printer. Those do add a number of processes.

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April 11, 2010 4:39:46 AM

It's super uber budget time super uber budget time...
Lol, here you go - Sempron to the rescue...

AMD Sempron 140 AM3 2.7GHz - $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H - $52.98 w/rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

or

A-Data 2GB DDR2 800MHz RAM - $51.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IN WIN Z583T.CQ350TBL w/350W PSU - $73.47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $270.42 including shipping with the 2GB RAM option, if 1GB is enough, then the total is $248.42 including shipping.
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April 11, 2010 4:55:01 AM

this build is a little over budget but provides ddr3 and dual core

AMD Athlon 2 X2 240 $57.99
Biostar TA785G3HD $77.78
Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 4GB DDR3 $99.99
Seagate 7200.12 500GB HDD $54.99
Antec 300 Case $59.82
Corsair 400CX 400w psu $49.99
Sony Nec Optiarc AD 72415-OB $24.99

Total- $425.55 (Amazon.com)
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April 11, 2010 5:59:24 AM

Off Egg USA - $345 AR , free ship
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April 11, 2010 3:28:33 PM

Don't go built, buy one you'll be able to go cheaper that way
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April 11, 2010 3:48:54 PM



I'm just kidding about this one, but if you're tryign to go SUPER budget, like under $300, then look at this:

You'll get a Triple Core Processor, DDR3 RAM, 320GB SATA Hard Drive, Integrated graphics with room for a dedicated card.

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April 12, 2010 10:36:50 AM

Lmeow said:
It's super uber budget time super uber budget time...
Lol, here you go - Sempron to the rescue...

AMD Sempron 140 AM3 2.7GHz - $36.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H - $52.98 w/rebate
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1GB DDR2 800MHz RAM - $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Samsung Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200RPM - $54.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

IN WIN Z583T.CQ350TBL w/350W PSU - $73.47
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Total = $248.42 including shipping.


This is practically the cheapest your gonnna be able to make it if you want to run XP or 7 at any reasonable speed, the only other thing i could think of is going for this Case & PSU combo instead since it has free shipping.
HEC 6K28BBX585 Black MicroATX Case 585W Power Supply $66.99 Free Shipping
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April 12, 2010 12:26:10 PM

Neoletrix has come up with a wonderful build for almost no money at all.
If your budget can go up to $350-400 as you initially said i'd suggest another 2gb of ram and a cheap video card because the onboard chip might struggle with full HD videos and films.
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April 12, 2010 4:04:31 PM

neoletrix said:
I'm just kidding about this one, but if you're tryign to go SUPER budget, like under $300, then look at this:

You'll get a Triple Core Processor, DDR3 RAM, 320GB SATA Hard Drive, Integrated graphics with room for a dedicated card.

http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/6224/uberbudget.png


Do you know if I can boot off the PATA on that motherboard? I've got a 80 or 160 GB PATA drive I could use which would save me the cost of HD.

Looks like a viable option. Thanks!
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April 25, 2010 8:55:01 PM

Best answer selected by singingigo.
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