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April 24, 2010 5:57:39 PM

I'm trying to build a $500 computer for an office that will load normal office programs very fast, and run dual monitors. Can you help me with this? Thanks :) 

I have some parts I can salvage from a previous build. I need your advice on whether to use them or not - they are LGA 775 parts. Here are the ones I have available:

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev. 2.0 Motherboard
Dual Core E2180 MO Stepping Conroe 2.0ghz
G.Skill 4gb DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit (2x2gb)
Antec Earthwatts EA430 430 Watt Power Supply

I want the price of one of the monitors to be within the $500 limit (just as big a monitor as money allows). So what do you guys think? Should I build a LGA 775 or should I go for an i5? For the uses that this computer is going to be used for I think going with a wolfdale or something would be just fine, personally, but as always, I value your opinions.

So what would you add to this build? to get the best value? Thanks!
April 24, 2010 6:01:37 PM

go for a core i3 dual core. i help you with the specs tommorow. just gonna sleep.
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April 24, 2010 6:07:29 PM

So I"m guessing you live on the other side of the world or something xurwin :) ? Lol its 11am here :D 
Anyone else?
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April 24, 2010 6:37:30 PM

im from philippines sorry. ok i'll go to sleep now
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April 24, 2010 7:36:55 PM

Hey ajsellaroli!


Don't you salvage those LGA 775 parts! Ever! Sell them right now!





Okay, now that we got that out of the way, it seems you need a computer :) 
$500 is the budget and you only need it to do simple office things; not too hard.




I'm still not 100% sure if you need an Operating System :(  Let me know so I can change the build around!




Case: Rosewill R220 ($30)
DVD Burner: LG 24X ($20)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 @ 3.0 GHz ($76)
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB ($49 w/ PROMO CODE: SEAGATE6!!!)
RAM Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($105)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE 770TA USB 3.0 // SATA 3.0 ($90)
Power Supply: APEVIA 500W ($40)
Video Card: PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 5450 ($45)





Final Price (w/ Shipping + Taxes): $484.62
Final Price (w/ REBATES!!!!!!!!!!!): $444.62




There is plenty of breathing room if you want to change brands, want more, etc. I even managed to get you a USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 in case you need to use new devices in the future, just in case!




Leave a reply and see what you think :D 
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April 25, 2010 2:29:14 AM

Necromentia said:
Hey ajsellaroli!


Don't you salvage those LGA 775 parts! Ever! Sell them right now!





Okay, now that we got that out of the way, it seems you need a computer :) 
$500 is the budget and you only need it to do simple office things; not too hard.




I'm still not 100% sure if you need an Operating System :(  Let me know so I can change the build around!




Case: Rosewill R220 ($30)
DVD Burner: LG 24X ($20)
CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 @ 3.0 GHz ($76)
Hard Drive: Seagate 500GB ($49 w/ PROMO CODE: SEAGATE6!!!)
RAM Memory: A-DATA 4GB DDR3 @ 1333MHz ($105)
Motherboard: GIGABYTE 770TA USB 3.0 // SATA 3.0 ($90)
Power Supply: APEVIA 500W ($40)
Video Card: PowerColor ATI Radeon HD 5450 ($45)





Final Price (w/ Shipping + Taxes): $484.62
Final Price (w/ REBATES!!!!!!!!!!!): $444.62




There is plenty of breathing room if you want to change brands, want more, etc. I even managed to get you a USB 3.0 and SATA 3.0 in case you need to use new devices in the future, just in case!




Leave a reply and see what you think :D 
Thats an ok build but why the Apevia PSU? Get the OP something like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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April 25, 2010 3:24:57 AM

ajsellaroli said:
I'm trying to build a $500 computer for an office that will load normal office programs very fast, and run dual monitors...
I want the price of one of the monitors to be within the $500 limit (just as big a monitor as money allows).


I think people need to read and understand this before they start suggesting parts, especially since some of you seem to think that wasting money on a new PSU is a good idea. LGA 775 is a "dead" socket, but it still provides excellent performance. Especially in this case since it saves us from spending money on new ram and motherboard.

Reuse the following:

Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L Rev. 2.0 Motherboard
G.Skill 4gb DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit (2x2gb)
Antec Earthwatts EA430 430 Watt Power Supply

Upgrade to the following:

Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 Yorkfield 2.5GHz $149 - Roughly the same as a Phenom II X4 945 - free shipping

XFX Radeon HD 4650 1GB $65 - Chosen because of its dual DVI connectors and great performance. - free shipping

LITE-ON CD/DVD Burner $22 - free shipping

APEX Vortex 3620 SGCC / ABS ATX Case $40 - free shipping

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB $55 - free shipping

Acer X203Hbd Black 20" 16:9 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor $130 - $9 shipping

Totals to $470 after shipping.
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April 28, 2010 4:46:52 AM

I think I may go with General Moon's suggestion. I still do need a monitor after all, as he pointed out. Perhaps it would be best to salvage the parts :) 
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April 28, 2010 7:36:41 AM

I'd look at these to save ~$15-$30
Geforce 9500 GT - $55 ($40 after mir)
Radeon HD 4650 - $65

Especially for general office work. Either one of those should work fine, and they both have free shipping instead of $7 shipping. It doesn't really matter if you don't mind the extra $30, but it is another option.
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April 28, 2010 9:23:11 AM

JB4times4 said:
I'd look at these to save ~$15-$30

Radeon HD 4650 - $65

Especially for general office work. Either one of those should work fine, and they both have free shipping instead of $7 shipping. It doesn't really matter if you don't mind the extra $30, but it is another option.


Woops, forgot about this :whistle:  It's probably the better choice since you won't see a difference between the 4650 and 4670 unless your gaming. And being XFX you don't have to worry if anything happens since they offer double lifetime warranty on all their products.
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May 1, 2010 8:29:49 PM

Alright, sounds good. Unless you guys have any other suggestions, I think I'm going with General Moon's build :) 

Actually it seems that that combo deal is no longer available - any other options?

Also - what would I do if I wanted the price (inclluding shipping) to be under $500? we are really short on money, the $500 is coming by way of check from our boss. ANYTHING over that $500 would have to come out of our pocket...So maybe we should shoot more for $450? That way if there are rebates/shipping/tax, it will still be under $500. maybe go to a dualcore processor to keep costs down? I'm not sure what should give here, help? :) 
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May 3, 2010 11:32:11 AM

Right I modified my original post to trim it down a bit. were at $470 which is the lowest I'd go and still within the 450-500 budget.
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