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Old 12-06-2009, 12:22 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Have around $500 or so for the components to build a general pc. Thinking of using Windows 7. Realize this is an extra $100 or so. With the budget of $500 it seems AMD is the way to go. Need some recoomendations on Mboard, processor, memory, Hard drive-seems Western digital black?, DvD/RW, video card, sound card if possible and really needed etc... Would buy parts from various online vendors. Any help much appreciated. Can go higher in the budget if it really will be that much of a benefit.
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Newegg.com - Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
$40

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
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ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$108 w/free shipping on CPU and $16 MIR

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT - Desktop Memory
$82

Newegg.com - FSP Group SAGA+ 400R 400W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Supplies
$40

Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners
$28 w/free shipping

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$70 w/free shipping

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$105 w/free shipping

Total = 473 + shipping. The shipping may push you over the $500 mark some, but not too bad.
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Newegg.com - Antec Two Hundred Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
$40

AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX - Retail
&
ECS GeForce6100PM-M2(V3.0) AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

$108 w/free shipping on CPU and $16 MIR

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBNT - Desktop Memory
$82

Newegg.com - FSP Group SAGA+ 400R 400W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Supplies
$40

Newegg.com - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners
$28 w/free shipping

Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Black WD5001AALS 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$70 w/free shipping

Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders - Operating Systems
$105 w/free shipping

Total = 473 + shipping. The shipping may push you over the $500 mark some, but not too bad.
Thanks for the advice. Noticed $105 for Windows 7 was included in the total of $473 for the various components. Can spend that $105 on upgrades and probably another $50 or so if needed. Would like your opinion on the following upgrades below and if they are worth it. Also, if you have other suggestions than the listed upgrades in that price range.

1) Antec 200 case to a 300 case extra $15
2)Athlon II X2 240 Regor combo deal to a Phenom II X2 550 or 720. Athlon II X2 combo deal $108. Not sure what motherboard would be needed for Phenom need recommendation. The Phenom 550 is $102 without motherboard.
3) G Skill 4gb DDR2 Sdram $82 not sure if any upgrade is needed but if $25 or so is needed.
4) FSP group SAGA 400r/400w Power supply $40 to Antec EA430 $50.
5) Sony Optiarc Black 24x DVD+R etc... $28 from what I read a basic drive should suffice?
6) WD Hard drive black 500gb 7200 rpm 32mb cache $70 can get a 640 gb WD for an extra $5 so if it will work the same will get it. Noticed the 1TB used FALS in the end of its model # is this the same as the 500gb and 640gb versions? Cost is $109.

Also, in your original suggestions for the build, I did not see a separate video card but the one that comes with the motherboard? Anything in the $50-$75 range for a separate video card?

Thank you for your help.
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Looking over the set up you got there I take it that being a pc for general use your not including a graphics card .
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