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Old 07-25-2007, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm attempting to build a computer for a friend Who would use it mostly for very basic uses like minor surfing (they only have 56k live out in the country), e-mail,
word processing and the occasional video, no gaming pretty much.

I live in Canada so I'm trying to put it together from TigerDirect.ca

Mostly what I'm looking for here is reliability so if any has any recommendations I'd very much appreciate it.

Here's what I've been looking at.

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RAM:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...8&sku=ULT31690
HDD:
Western Digital 80GB 7200 ATA-100 EIDE OEM Hard Drive WD800BB in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
HSF:
Ultra Fire Socket 775 P4 3.8Ghz Copper Core CPU Fan ULT31797 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
DVD-Drive:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1617088&sku=L49-8164B%20CA
Case:
Ultra UV Wizard Blue ATX Mid-Tower Case with UV Reactive Clear Side, Front USB and Firewire Ports ULT31586 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
MOBO:
ECS 945GZT-M (v1.0) Intel Socket 775 MicroATX Motherboard Audio Video PCI Express 10100 Ethernet LAN USB 2.0 Serial ATA 945GZT-M V1.0 in Canada at TigerDirect.ca
CPU:
Intel Pentium D 805 2.66GHz 2MB Cache 533MHz FSB Dual-Core Smithfield OEM Socket 775 Processor HH80551PE0672MN in Canada at TigerDirect.ca

This is what I've got so far subtotaling at $326.82 CAD

I'm hoping I can get the cost a bit lower, any suggestions?

Maybe lower the RAM to 512?

I THINK this is all compatible but I'm really new at this.
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Old 07-25-2007, 09:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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If you're running vista, keep the 1gb for sure.

Does the .com address of tigerdirect ship to canada?

If so...here is a ready-to-be-built barebones for $300 that's about the same, except has a 200gb HD and a DVD-RW over DVD-ROM.

There is also: Intel D945GCCRL Socket 775 Barebone Kit Intel Pentium D 805 OEM 1GB DDR2 PC4200 ATX Mid-Tower Case 450 Watt Power Supply at TigerDirect.com

I also don't know the Us to Canada curreny conversion ratio...
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Is this the one you mean?

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3247591&sku=M450-2314%20A

I looked for it after you mentioned it. And that seems like a pretty good deal to me. What about the power supply? It seems to have gotten some fairly bad reviews.
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yeah...I meant to put the link, sorry.
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dang. Nice build : price ratio.
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meh, build it with a 3600 if you can find one in canada. a. lol.
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yea the 3600+ would be a nice upgrade from that pentium
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It's also more expensive. Would the extra money be worth it for a computer with low demands being placed on it?
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depends on how much more it is, and how much said increase affects your budget. 10-20% increase in price, i would say it is worth it.
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If I purchase the 3600+ the fan is included which would offset the price difference. Is the stock fan going to be sufficient or would I still need to replace it?
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