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May 10, 2010 3:46:01 AM

my parents' computer has been used for over 4 years and I convinced them to finally get a new one. I volunteered to build them one for about $500 or less. Since I've never built a computer before, I thought this could be a fun experience. They only use the computer for daily computing, but of course the faster the better. I dunno what parts I can reuse from the old dirty PC... maybe the 1GB of RAM? XD


Purchase Date: In a few weeks or a couple of months

Budget: less than $500

System usage: surfing, low end programs, media, games

Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, OS, monitor is needed

Preferred website: Newegg

Additional comments: my parents have always complained about the noise the HDD makes, but that's a really old drive, I trust most modern HDDs are probably not loud at all. The current computer has a 300GB drive and it's not even full yet, so I think a 500GB drive should be enough.


I can answer any additional questions,

thanks in advanced. :D 
May 10, 2010 5:19:39 AM

I assume you mean solitaire when you say games? :) 

Well this should work.

X2 245
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

2GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

785
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

F3
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

520W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Micro-ATX case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That totals just $373 so there's a bit of room for upgrading, even after adding a monitor, but it shouldn't be necessary. What size of monitor are you looking for?
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May 10, 2010 5:20:04 AM

When you're talking gaming, what kind of gaming? Flash games, etc? Or high end type gaming?

You also able to salvage anything from that last computer? Maybe the ODD perhaps?
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May 10, 2010 5:59:58 AM

Well here is a config...
If you want a Dual-Core
X2 245 + ASUS 785G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

But for just $10 more, you get a very good Tri-core...
X3 + 785G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Ite...

RAM - IMO 2GB would suffice...Anyways you can add 2GB more if you want later on...
Crucial 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

HDD - Yes these drives are pretty quiet compared to the older one...
Samsung F3 500GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU - Never skimp on PSU quality...
Corsair 400CX....would last for a very long time...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CASE -
Cheap decent quality case..
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
case fans - buy atleast 1 as the case doesnt have any...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

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

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

Total - ~$484 for the Tri-Core + the Acer monitor...
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May 10, 2010 6:03:50 AM

^^Dint refresh...Seems like the builds here are pretty similar...
So stick with any of the build along these lines...
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May 10, 2010 11:55:48 AM

yeah no high end games, the onboard video cards should be enough.

thanks for the great answers guys :) 
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May 17, 2010 4:27:14 PM

Best answer selected by phoenix777.
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