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Old 01-03-2007, 06:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey Everyone,

I'm most likely going to build a computer for my girlfriend in the near future. She doesn't have a job (she's only 16, not like she's a bum, I know that would be coming ) so she doesn't have much money.

I'm looking to build a computer for less than $400 dollars.

What it will be used for: CD/DVD Burning, Web Browsing, IM-ing, downloading music. NO GAMING. <-- I take that back, maybe games like Snood.

I have come up with a list already. Mind you, she doesn't have much money, so I have some specs I need covered.
These are: A cheap graphics card that has S-Video Out to connect to an LCD TV which will be used as a monitor. Also would like to have a DVD Burner and DVD ROM drives (1 of Each). I am leaving the case up to her to find what she wants.

Here's the list:

MOBO - MSI PM8M3-V Via Socket 775 MicroATX Motherboard
Intel Celeron D 352 3.20GHz OEM Processor - $79.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...366368&CatId=0

RAM - Ultra 1024MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory - $79.99
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...0&Sku=ULT31664

Graphics Card - CHAINTECH LA-FX20-H GeForce FX5200 128MB 64-bit DDR AGP 4X/8X Low Profile Video Card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814145067

DVD Drives - LITE-ON Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106042

Lite-on SHD-16P1S / 16x DVD-ROM / 48x CD-ROM / Black / Internal / Drive
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...964109&CatId=0

Hard Drive - Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB Serial ATA II
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/Produc...Code=101208-11

Wireless NIC - Allied Data / Tornado 122 / 54Mbps / 802.11g / PCI / Wireless Network Adapter
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...513610&CatId=0

^^ I understand that NIC isn't spectacular, but it's cheap and has decent reviews. I will need a wireless NIC, however, if it were to be changed.

Could Someone check this over, see if I can lower the price at all for it, it would be greatly appreciated.
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You need to change your video card to something in the PCI X16 family, that motherboard doesn't have an AGP slot. Also I think you're going to need a CPU cooler, OEM processors don't come with one, unless they throw one in, I could be wrong here. Also here, someone found this and it might serve you better than what you're buying. http://www.globalcomputer.com/applic...9&Sku=ULT30215
Same thing but cheaper and I'm sure she won't really need a GB, with a 160GB hard drive, just jack up the size of the paging file.
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...what do you mean, no AGP slot?

It specifically states that the board has an AGP slot.
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Wow, sorry for that. Yeah you're right. I jumped the gun on thinking PCI 16 because the slot looked alot like one (I looked at the Mobo picture, didn't read everything all the way) and they're pretty much the norm now. Thanks for catching me on that before I ended up saying something else stupid haha.
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