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June 13, 2011 11:06:04 PM

My best friends birthday is coming up soon, and I plan on buying him some new parts to upgrade his current PC. I already have my old case and processor I plan to give him, and he already has hdd, optical drives, monitor, speakers, mouse, keyboard, OS, etc. His PC is old and taking a slow crap on him so I wanna do something nice for him as he has bought me numerous things in the past and this seems like a great way to give back. The parts that he really needs are mobo, ram, psu, and gpu just because I know he'd love to be able to play some games.

Here are the new parts that I have chosen.





My old case:

My CPU that I've just upgraded to PIIx4955:

Does this seem like my best options in the 230-250 budget range? After all this is a gift. I'm a pretty experienced PC builder and I am aware that this will not be a gaming monster and that I could get a much better mobo etc. His current PC is old Pentium 4 that he built back in 02/03. His GPU is very old AGP FX 5200. I just want to see what you guys think and see if I am spending my money right, mostly because I'm not the best at choosing graphics cards. Also, is my old CPU gonna be much of a bottleneck with gaming in that budget range? Thanks in advance for any and all comments/suggestions. Also, this is my first thread/post. I've been reading tom's hardware forums for some time and have decided to join in on the fun!

*Edit* I just read *How To Ask For New Build Advice* thread. Doh! should've read that first, sorry guys.

His birthday July 31st, so there's plenty of time if any of you guys think some prices are gonna go down or something. I don't see him using the PC for gaming all the time, more than likely more browsing and streaming media and watching movies. Newegg for sure for parts I love them, and I've included all parts from newegg. Minimal to no overclocking and no SLI or crossfire. His monitor resolution is 1280x1024 I think, but he also uses his TV sometimes and it's 1080p or 1920 x 1080. Also I'm in the United States.

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June 14, 2011 12:58:41 PM

It's best to come back a few days before July 31st, they reset the combo deals at the end of each month.
June 14, 2011 2:03:50 PM

Do you have a Microcenter near you?
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June 14, 2011 4:52:45 PM

sadams04 said:
Do you have a Microcenter near you?

Not that I know of, I've never heard of it. Interested now though.
June 14, 2011 5:10:17 PM

sadams04 said:
Might be worth a check... Their AMD CPU + MB combos are good for a budget system.

Nothing in Florida unfortunately. All I've ever seen around are mom and pop type stores. There used to be CompUSA/Tigerdirect but I'm pretty sure they're all gone now. There may be one more type of PC store around, but I can't remember the name ATM, but I don't think it's close to me.
June 14, 2011 5:12:46 PM

I forgot to mention, that IDE/PATA is required on the board. Also, I already have CPU and case as stated earlier.
June 15, 2011 12:21:26 AM

I've determined that what I've originally posted for parts is the best it's gonna get for the money. Most combo deals aren't gonna help because I do not need a CPU. Thanks for the help anyway...

*Edit* Topic can be marked as solved, or if someone could tell me how to delete, I will gladly do so.