Opinions please... building a 'cheaper' system for my in-laws ... all they do is e-mail/web and maybe some word processing and looking at photos.
Low budget ... this is probably more than they want to spend but if it's a Dell or HP or whatever, I am the tech support so I'm thinking of trying to build a nice system but not go crazy on high-end, high-performance components.
So- this is what I came up with .. Issue is would it just be as good to go with cheaper CPU/MOBO and find cheaper case/psu combo? I can really only see that I might save about $100 +/- by choosing some different mobo/cpu + case/psu combo.
GIGABYTE GV-R96X128D Radeon 9600XT
128MB DDR AGP 4X/8X Video $85.00
SAMSUNG SpinPoint P Series SP1213C
120GB 7200 RPM Serial ATA150 Hard Drive $78.00
Windows XP HOME Edition
With Service Pack 2 $88.95
--edit-- shoot, i didn't add in floppy or media drive(s) so add in $70+/-
So, value-quality is big ... but lower-end budget. I think they'd go for that if I told them it was fine. Bigger issue is them seeing some BestBuy/CompUSA ad and saying - well, there's a 399 eMachines or a 399 Dell! (until you add everything on)
Guess my main question - and not knowing older AMD stuff ... should I consider Athon XP instead of 64 and go with Socket A?? But, if $$$s is only $50-$75 - I'd rather go with newer proc etc.
Again ... TIA.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by okietex on 07/23/05 06:42 PM.</EM></FONT></P>
You don't need nearly that high power supply, I would get like 350w max and that's still probably overkill. I would get a lower cpu too, I think a good sempron could handle that. You can save a few more bucks and just go with an IDE hard drive. That should shave off at least another $100 I think.
I would save a little more and go with:
1. <A HREF="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1681..." target="_new">Foxconn 760GXK8MB-ERS</A> for $60
2. Use integrated video.
Total Savings: $239 less than your rig. All of those are quality parts with the performance that they need for their usage. BTW that will be a very quiet system, too.
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