I am trying to build up a new system UNDER $200. I am not sure it that would be possible but I am thinking even a system with the lowest componets would be is atleast twice at fast as my old one. I already bought a new HD for my old comp and spare vid card. This what my current system is:
Dell Demension 4100
384 MB PC-133 sdram
120 GB seagate HD (the new one i just bough)
40 GB HD
CD-RW and CD-rom
I need to get new CPU, motherboard (hopefully with sound and lan), DDR memory, case, powersupply and maybe dvd drive or new CD-RW. And I really need it under $200 total WITH shipping otherwise I will just have to wait to get new comp. Any suggestion for what part to buy for them?
Biostar M7NCD-Pro (Socket-A / NVIDIA nForce2 Ultra 400) ~$50
AMD ATHLON XP 1700+ ~$42
~$50-60 mem. (512 cheap or 256 better)
~$30-40 for case+PSU (shop around you can get an okish one), or use your old case.
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snorkius's suggestion look good for the MB and cpu. I had a look at new egg and some cheap bufflo/Geil/Kingmax 256 MB DDR 333 memory for $40 that seems good enough. Leaves me with a good $70 for a case and PS. Shouldn't be too hard to find that.
Somone else posted here Fry carries a ECS K7S5E + Athlon 2400+ for $89 or so. The K7SE board will take your SDRAM (though it will be slower than with DDR), leaving you with $111 for PSU+case+optical drive.
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Ummm, Just so you know. The Biostar M7NCD Pro is only in the $50 range *AFTER* a $15 mail-in-rebate.
My suggestion from newegg:
Shuttle AN35N Ultra Mobo (Dual Channel DDR, Nforce2, 8x AGP, Lan) $60.00
Athlon XP 2000+ CPU (1.67 ghz) $67.00
Buffalo Technology 256mb PC2700 DDR Ram $41.00
Foxconn Super Case PC-146 w/ 400w PSU $42.00
Total: $210.00 w/ S&H included
*These are all new and retail versions. You can buy a cheaper CPU, but you'll pay more once you include buying a heatsink and fan. This is just a hair over what you want to spin, but the extra $10 will be well worth it. Later on add you another 256 PC2700 BT Ram chip and a video card and you'll have a decently ok system.
You have to go refurb and take your chances (luckily, it's not as big a gamble as a lot of people will lead you to believe). Go on NewEgg and click refurbished items. Here's some recommendations
MB- REFURBISHED: Gigabyte GA-7N400-L $49
CPU- AMD Athlon XP 1900+/266 FSB Processor CPU - OEM $52
CPU Cooler- Speeze FalconRock CPU Fan Model 5F286B $14
Memory- CORSAIR MEMORY 256MB VALUE SELECT. DDR RAM $44.25
Case- Codegen Case Model L-6042-1-S2F With 400W Power $39.00
No CD-RW, but hey, what can you expect for $200. You probably oughta look into getting another 256mb of memory before getting a CD-RW, too.
I agree, there are few things worse than a bad PSU. I have had a couple of Codegens in my day. While they are not Fortron or Antec quality, they are solid enough to get him by with the components he'll be running, especially since this one is 400 watts.
Also, I noticed that the 1700+ isn't in stock (NewEgg) at the moment and the 1800+ is running the same as the 1900+.
The guy said $200 and he's getting really a pretty good setup for that money.
i agree, i have been the "budget" route way too many times, too many subpar products and problems with compatability, oh sure i EVENTUALLY got the conflicts sorted out....(many endless nights up till 2 am, wife hollering for me to come to bed, dog whining to go out, etc......lol!) spend an extra 100 bucks or so and go with quality not cheap. old saying is "you get what you pay for" very very true!
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My currenty system is instable as hell. It likes to crash every 1 or 2 hours. I can't handle the stuff I do on it and I really probably should get a new comp. I don't believe it could be any more instable than by old one. Getting all the info here is the system I decided on.
I didn't even see that Shuttle board. It oughta work well for you. One thing, spend a buck more and get the PC3200 or spend $3 more and get the Geil Golden Dragon (better timings). For your next upgrade, I would suggest 256mb more memory.