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June 1, 2010 7:48:30 PM

APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: this week, next week

BUDGET RANGE: $250 after rebates

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: used entirely for internet, email and MSoffice suite, maybe watching some video, looking at pictures

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, case, cd drive
Has a 250W PSU but may need to be upgraded




OVERCLOCKING: no overclocking, no sli

MONITOR RESOLUTION: 1280x1024 hanns-G

Im going to try and reuse PSU and case which is a midtower.
There will be no gaming on this computer.

Im doing a very low cost build for my dad. I dont know much about the computer he has now but I do know it is out of date. This is all the information my mom could send me.
2.4 GHZ Socket 478/533 CPU
512 MB PC-133 Memory
60/GB 7200 RPM Hard Drive
56K v.92 Modem
Windows 98SE/XP Operating System

Not very much to go off of but do your best. I want it to be able to run windows7 32bit and do basic office things. No games will be played I just know he wants something a bit faster. I have access to all software so do not factor that in to the price. I started looking at AMD and found this AM3 processor.

I was thinking that plus 2Gb of RAM

should do the trick. As far as motherboards, I was looking at

as long as it will fit in his case and I will have to wait to find out if the HDD he has is IDE or SATA but right now Im just looking for a starting point so I dont buy anything more than I need to. Any information will help greatly.

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June 1, 2010 8:28:12 PM

HDD - - $55

CPU - - $62

MOBO - - $55

RAM - - $58

PSU - I would highly recommend trying to fit a new PSU into the would be a shame to see a new build go to waste after the magic smoke was released from an older if that older PSU is a quality one...then less worries

- - $50

TOTAL - $280 - $20 for MIR for PSU = $260 (the only shipping I saw on these components was for the RAM - $2)

$10 over budget

EXTRAS Not required, but food for thought

Would there be room for a newer SATA CD/DVD writer?? Might be worthwhile...your know what you've got to work with - $20

New Case - if for whatever reason the old case doesn't work - $30
June 1, 2010 8:31:36 PM

Welcome to toms forums.

You forgot about the video card. What am i proposing here is going to cost you 63 dollars more.

I made a system using a core I3 processor witch has an integrated graphic chip.





Intel usually is better in non gaming systems,and gaming systems also..he he. The board has an integrated HDMI, DVI and 'VGA' port. I placed there 2 Gb of DDR 3 and a good PSU from corsair.

All of that should excel in any way except gaming.
Also you can connect any kind of HDD to that motherboard.
Also if you want you change the RAM i chose with yours for a very small difference.

Also if you want, you can overclock that CPU with ease but i don;t think it will be necessary.

All of this should fit inside the case :) .

This system is based on intel new chips and it is a little more expensive then the one posted above.
Also the motherboard is more reliable. You can still use your old HDD but it will affect the speed of everything.

If you want to go AMD then the system above is ok :)  .
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June 1, 2010 8:36:42 PM

Thank you so much everyone!!
It's very reassuring to know I wasnt crazy thinking I could do this for so little. I will definitely take everything you said in to consideration.

I think both of the motherboards that were suggested have on-board video but I could be mistaken.
Regardless thanks again!
June 1, 2010 8:41:59 PM

The AMD MOBO has on-board graphics....

The Intel MOBO does NOT have on-board graphics...BUT...the Intel CPU does...

With either build, no extra graphics card is least not for the resolution your calling out, or the fact that this will not be playing any (serious) games