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Old 01-21-2005, 01:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Compatability/Performance ? - 1st time builder on a budget.

Hello friends,

I'm a first time novice looking to build a system for my sister on a budget. Below I have a list from newegg containing the components I've selected. I was hoping someone might shed some light on how this system looks as a whole, and whether or not these components compliment each other.

My sister does not really have any high-end gaming demands, just somethin solid, functional, and affordable. Cost saving substitutions would be particularly appreciated. I just want to keep it above the pre-packaged, entry to mid-level "Dell" if you know what I mean.

Thanks!
John

JustPC Black ATX Mid Tower Case With 450W PSU, Model "JPC727P4-BLACK" -RETAIL
$33.00

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CD/DVD Burners (RW Drives)


Lite-On Black 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive, Model SOHC-5232K, OEM Bulk Pack

$38.50

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Hard Drives


Western Digital 80GB 7200RPM SATA Hard Drive, Model WD800JD, OEM Drive Only

$66.00


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Memory (System Memory)


Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail

$64.99

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Motherboards - AMD


Soltek "SL-75FRN2-RL" nForce2 Ultra 400 Chipset Motherboard for AMD Socket A CPU -RETAIL

$71.00

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Processors


AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton", 55W 333 FSB, 512K Cache Processor - OEM

$85.00

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Video Cards


GIGABYTE ATI RADEON 9250 Video Card, 128MB DDR, TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "GV-R925128T"

$43.50
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Old 01-21-2005, 01:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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how about a different motherboard with intergrated graphics instead on wasting money on a g/c that isnt really worth it.


maybe a bit more on the case/psu as i know i would not want one blowing up on me.
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Old 01-21-2005, 02:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the quick reply. Do you have any suggestions for a board? I'm not sure that I understand how to identify whether or not a board has integrated graphics. If I were to keep this board (or a comparable one) what type of gc would go well with it.

Thanks again.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:01 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thats a good setup for a budget system. one thing you need to know...as much as it pains to say it as a budget guy myself...don't buy OEM's or refubished items...you dunno whats wrong with it and you would be better off paying the extra few bucks than worrying about the risks. I am sure a company like Newegg.com would give you money back if something broke or didnt work...but it is better paying the $10 or $20 extra.
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Old 01-21-2005, 06:02 PM   #5 (permalink)
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oh one more thing.....you can build a basic application system for $500 or better, it all depends on what your sister wants to do with it.
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