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Old 03-28-2006, 04:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I thought I would be nice and build my mom a computer for her birthday. She wants to use the Internet and pay bills and stuff. Mabye use a bit of word. So were not talking about a high end system. How does this list of parts look for this budget build.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129140

Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131512

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104245

Video Card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130197

Memory: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145026

Hard Drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144122

$402.70 After shipping not including a rebate for the video card.

How does this look guys.
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I think that you can go a bit cheaper on the video card although its not a big deal at all. If your a money cruncher though you can probably pass with a really low video card if your just using word/paying bill and things like that. Overall though that will get the job done for what you need.
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't think she needs a 256 MB video card for word and the internet...
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Old 03-28-2006, 05:21 PM   #4 (permalink)
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That doesnt look like a good build. You can make it even cheaper:

Case- Centurion 5
CPU- same (good budget choice)
Motherboard- Biostar TForce6100 $10 discount with purchase of both
Ram- same
Hard Drive- WD 80GB SATA
Optical Drive- Samsung Combo Drive

Total= ~$295 without shipping

You don't need a video card for your mom's purposes. SATA hard drives are better and you don't need an expensive case.
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Thats what I said but for the price its really no big deal.
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That HDD is a waist of money, you can get so many more GIGs for So little. And a little more then Over kill on that case for a budget system? you think?.... since you say she's probably only using it for Internet/word, you could probably find a motherboard with one of those Built in Onboard Nvidia 6100 IGP chipsets... might beable to save you some on the vid card. check how much it might be at newegg though.... and since its such a small system i guess you can buy any 350 watt or maybe less PSU that you wont.

250gig Seagate SATA = $85
http://www.buy.com/retail/product.as...075&adid=17662

ATX Case = $14 + Whatever shipping may cost you
http://store.yahoo.com/svcompucycle/ycc870-case.html

EDIT: wasnt looking at the board for a while, noticed someone already linked you to a 6100 IGP MoBo.

EDIT again: i just noticed your own specs... i guess if you desided to you could, get this 250GIG Seagate for yourself, and pass your 80GiG on to your mathers comp.
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I picked that case because it had an included power supply.
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Old 03-28-2006, 06:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This is a nice case with a power supply for $40 without shipping.
The power supply is sufficient for what your mom will be doing.
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i share the same views as the others.

get that biostar motherboard with the integrated video. i like the cpu you chose.

the case/powersupply you chose is too expensive. get hte thermaltake powersupply for $30 after rebate. and get any "pretty" case that your mom would like.. the one you picked is big and not 'pretty' so your mom might not like it.

i know your mom is an amateur when it comes to comps, but she'll get more comp savvy the more she uses the comp. i know my dad when he got the hang of the comp, he kept installing all sorts of crap and toolbars and.. ugh! anyways.. so it might not be a bad idea to maybe get a 1gb stick instead of the 512.. it might be overkill for now.. but in the long wrong you won't have any regrets..
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