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Old 03-14-2009, 11:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My parents are in dire need of a new computer... all they really need is something basic.. they have a 2.8Ghz AMD single core, 15in CRT monitor, and everything else is from 5 years ago - my mom wants something a little faster... and I've found a few package deals with monitors (pre-made) for ~500-600 dollars.. I have a hard time not selecting higher end parts for a build... can you build a complete system (that's better than buying from a manufacturer) for around 500? a cheap 20-22in lcd is ~120... I was figuring a <$50 case... but beyond that I have no clue what to aim for... was figuring a dual core AMD build to keep the price down... but wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations before I started pricing stuff out...
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Old 03-14-2009, 12:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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LOL Pete. Nice case choice it's awesome.
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good build hiki. and that is a pretty cool looking case.
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Thanks. :P I actually surprised myself with how cheap that build was...
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You didnt include windows though. Thats another ~100 bucks.
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...darn you veedub. :[
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If they trash their current system, scavenge what they can (opticals, hard drives), you could harvest the license from the old machine and use it on the new one.
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Trotski to the rescue. The optical drive probably isn't a DVD burner if it's 5 years old, but the license might be a viable option.
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If its a 5 year old system, odds are its windows 2000 also
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