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December 7, 2010 12:32:22 PM

Okay, I have a MSI board that just got back to me from an RMA. I wanted to build my mom a PC for x-mas, and I was looking at a 200 buck budget. This is what I have:

-1 MSI P55M-GD41 motherboard
-1 NZXT M59 case
-1 BFG Tech 450 watt PSU
-1 DVD drive (cannot write, only can read)
-1 AGP graphics card (not sure if it'll work in the mobo, must check).
-1 Corsair H50 CPU cooler.

What I need:
-1 LGA 1156 socket CPU
-2 2GB(or 1GB, if it's like a ten buck difference I wouldn't mind 1GB) DDR3 ram stick. (Was looking at getting 2 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...)
-1 500GB SATA hard drive
-Anything else that could make the pc look fancy?

Again, 200 buck budget. :( 

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December 7, 2010 12:55:50 PM

CPU
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz$115

RAM
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333MHz $73 after MIR - $48
or these if your worried about height clearance issues:
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333MHz $49

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM $55

total - ~$218

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-1 AGP graphics card (not sure if it'll work in the mobo, must check).
you shore about that? whats its model and make?

that promo code ends tomorrow...hurry
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December 7, 2010 1:06:33 PM

AGP is long dead, no P55 will use it. Sinec you have the P55, it will need a video card.

I'm assuming your mother is not a heavy duty gamer, but might want to watch movies and do basic internet and office tasks, but with intel processors, it'll be hard to get under $200. Might be able to get under $250 though

Here's what I suggest then:

Intel i3-540 3.06 GHz processor: $103.49 with promo code until 12/8/10. $114.99 after that.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

4 GB DDR3 1333: $49.99 w/ 10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
PNY is a decent brand, with free shipping ano a rebate here. If you don't want to bother, Patriot's version is $46.99

Western Digital Caviar Green 500GB HDD $44.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Color HD5450 $39.99 with $10 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


$238.96, $218.96 after rebates.
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December 7, 2010 1:19:11 PM

Lutfij said:
CPU
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz$115

RAM
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333MHz $73 after MIR - $48
or these if your worried about height clearance issues:
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333MHz $49

HDD
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM $55

total - ~$218

Quote:
-1 AGP graphics card (not sure if it'll work in the mobo, must check).
you shore about that? whats its model and make?

that promo code ends tomorrow...hurry


Yeah, that AGP's not going in a P55. :p 

I'll see when I'll be able to get it, who knows maybe in the next few days Newegg will throw that 540 on sale for like 80 xD.


So I'm probably going with the 4GB GSKILL ram, the 540 CPU, and the WD hard drive. And that GPU :p 

Also, my mom's never used a PC before. Like, never. I tried to teach her once on XP and she just said screw it and gave up. If anything she'd be browing interwebs, learning the ins and outs of email, etc. So I'm thinking just getting another copy of Windows 7 since it seems more user friendly than XP. :/ 
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December 7, 2010 1:25:56 PM

cpu
Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 2.93GHz$115

mobo
ASRock H55M-LE LGA 1156 Intel H55 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard $67

RAM
Patriot G Series ‘Sector 5’ Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB)DDR3 1333MHz $73 after MIR - $48

HDD
Western Digital Caviar Green WD5000AADS 500GB $45

Total $275


Here's a small piece advice:
1| keep the RMA'd board for another build..cos when your getting the lowest proc with an IGPU on it, why wouldn't you use it? saves you the headache+trouble of installing more parts. When Sandy bridge comes out, the prices for the 1156 socket will drop, then you can get an i5-760 and place it in your MSI P55 mobo.

2| since its for your mom, the less parts you have the less problems to diagnose. I gave a pc to my mom+ my sis: though a lil expensive, i gave them an integrated graphics solution as all they play are farmville and check mail and watching dexter. hmmm, it gives light to an amd build though...any time theres an error / i need a format, i have fewer things to think about. less drivers to install as well :)  This might not be much but being an architect managing 5 pc's individually...fooof
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December 7, 2010 1:33:55 PM

:lol:  yeah how can i forget the card board box mod PC :)  keeep me posted with that, will ya?

:wahoo:  thas $160...beats the last low budget cost...ok the other guy had psu and case in his list :p 
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December 7, 2010 1:36:21 PM

I'll post as soon as I can get the money for a de-soldering iron, and a spare IDE hard drive and CD drive. Anyway, is that AMD build any good? It's only like 190 bucks w/o tax :D 
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December 7, 2010 1:45:12 PM

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Again, 200 buck budget

Ouch no reason to settle for a Sempron and a non true AM3 mobo like a NForce 6xx

I would rate any of these chipsets

740G
690G
GF 7XXX
NForce 5xx/6xx

far inferior than any entry level AM2+ out in 2008 due to

a. HT Limitation when paired with any AM2+/AM3 chip
b. Still stuck on PCIe gen 1.0/1.1, true AM2+ had migrated to PCIe gen 2.0 as of 2008

Gigabyte NForce 630a
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=3497#ov
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* If you install AMD AM3 CPU on this motherboard, the system bus speed will downgrade from HT3.0 (5200MT/s) to HT1.0 (2000 MT/s) spec; however, the frequency of AM3 CPU will not be impacted. Please refer "CPU Support List" for more information.


MSI 740GTM-P23
http://www.msi.com/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=171&prod_no=1917
Quote:

Hyper Transport Bus

• HyperTransport 1.0 supporting speed up to 1000MT/s

Slots

• 1 PCI Express x16 slot with x16 operation (PCI Express Bus SPEC V1.0 compliant)


So counter proposal since u have that juicy H50 on hand :p 

$196AR
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December 7, 2010 2:02:08 PM

Yep happy shopping/building and u are welcomed ^^
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December 7, 2010 2:31:00 PM

microcenter also offers a *free* 785 board with an Athlon II or Phenom II
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December 7, 2010 2:46:21 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
microcenter also offers a *free* 785 board with an Athlon II or Phenom II


WAT? DO LINK :3
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December 7, 2010 2:55:49 PM

sadams04 said:
+1 on Microcenter AMD Bundle if you have a store close. The "entry" MSI board is fine for 1080p resolution with HDMI audio. Probably not needed, but it is a capable board.

http://www.microcenter.com/specials/promotions/AMDbundl...



Oh do want so ******* much. I can't get it for another week thought, is this deal still going to be there? D:
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December 7, 2010 3:00:54 PM

Hmm the $95.99 Propus 640 + MSI 785GM-P45 looks an succulent deal hehe
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December 7, 2010 3:32:06 PM

that deal is ALWAYS going on. It's been around since at least last year
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