im trying to put together a new build for my church since the old church pc died 2 days ago, the budget allocated for this project its 300$
the pc will be used for internet, bills, Microsoft office, and maybe some video watching.....there will be NO GAMING involved .
as much as i try to get in this 300 i keep ending up at 350-370....so i need help from u guys.
if the old hard drive didnt cause the problem then re use it as well, and as blazor said, dont bother with an i3, get either a pentium or celeron, although i would recomend a pentium over celeron, maybe even a wolfsdale variant. if you do have to replace the hard drive, dont bother with windows 7, it cost 100$ for the cheapest one, and OEM XP copies are like 60 bucks and XP is still a great operating system if you arent gaming or rendering, etc. and look into maybe the hard drive in the 600$ gaming build on the homepage, it is just a regular hard drive for 60-75$
And your issue with teh old case, a power drill, some aluminum mesh, and black spraypaint go a long way. a once old, sun baked, hot case turns into a sleek, cool one.
It's cutting it VERY close, however, with rebates, it should be lower (around $275)...when you get more money I HIGHLY recommend you get a larger HDD, since 32GB will only hold windows 7 and leave around 16GB of room left...ubuntu however only uses like 4GB, so you'll have a little more room. Either way, if you're going to be storing a lot of stuff, you need another HDD
most people want windows xp or 7 on their computers, ubuntu and linux are hard for some people to use because there is more work involved in setting up and not as many programs compatible etc.
and why get an ssd when you can get hard drives with similar storage for less? or even re use a hard drive from a friends old computer who is upgrading or something. also what PSU was in the old computer? if it wasnt the PSU that caused the problem and it has enough wattage it might be re usable.
I agree with you mild, however, he needs the computer to
"internet, bills, Microsoft office, and maybe some video watching"
internet: Ubuntu supports Chromium (chrome) and firefox.
bills: Chromium and firefox ?
office: Libre office and open office (both compatible with Ubuntu) can save as a .docx file, meaning that it is compatible with others who use microsoft word
video watching: If you're streaming from a website, then Chromium/firefox, if you downloaded it, then you can use VLC player.
Also, ubuntu has a GUI, and is VERY easy to use...I would rate it in easy usage between Macs and Windows.
As for HDDs, the prices aren't exactly $40...like back then. The floods that damaged the factories has skyrocketed the prices of HDDs, so you can't find any HDDs under $70.
i think i will be out at 305 if its correct...what u think guys?
i did this setup buy choosing from what u showed me...i combined few items what i lke more.....about os....no worries i have win 7 64-32.....xp64-32 so im hooked
That's a great build! And no, corsair didn't lower their standards...corsair doesn't build PSUs. They hire other companies to build a PSU and they put the Corsair sticker on them and the different Corsair PSU models are made by different manufacturers, so some are not as good as others. If you feel the need to buy the other psu, go ahead.