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Old 03-21-2008, 05:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello, My dad has a old compaq that is about 10 years old and is just junk...he has been saying how it is slow and freezes all the time...So I want to suprise him with a computer! My Limit is $400 USD. I have a list and id greatly appreciate it if you guys could help me tweak it or give me some suggestions. He only uses the computer to watch movies, play pogo online and surf the internet.

AMD X2 4800+ (Seems like a fast chip) - 84.99

GSKILL 2GB DDR2 800 - 44.99

DVD Burner - 26.99

WD 250GB HDD OEM - 64.99

Newegg.com - Rosewill R103A Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply with 20+4 pin connector - Retail (this is a cheap case with a PSU, I know cases with PSU's suck but for a computer like this i think its the cheapest way to go) - 29.99

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-MA69VM-S2 AM2 AMD 690V Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail (A cheap motherboard with onboard video) - 64.99

Total - $336.96 After Shipping!

Heres the list, I think I have everything, he has a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. But I have a few questions, The HDD is OEM will this cheap case have all the cords needed?

Any suggestions or tweaks to make this cheaper or w/e would help! Thanks!
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oem means its just the product, and what you should do is get a e2160 and an abit p35 board and that will be great and about the same. and your mobo will have sata cables and such with it.

also the reason for suggesting intel over amd is intel is just overall better and faster.

also with that you would have to buy a gfx card, so find a lga775 board with onboard gfx and that will be fine.
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is the board I have now not compatable?
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No, intel builds are more fun.
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This build comes to $372.43 before mail in rebates.It does not include a case.

Newegg.com - Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST380815AS 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

Newegg.com - Foxconn FV-N84SM2DT GeForce 8400GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Newegg.com - LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-16D2S-04 - OEM

Newegg.com - FSP Group SAGA+ 400R ATX12V 400W Power Supply 120/220 - 240v NEMKO, TUV, CSA, IEC, UL, CE - Retail

Newegg.com - OCZ Reaper HPC Edition 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

Newegg.com - ABIT IP35-E LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

Newegg.com - Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz 1MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail

Case- your choice
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thats a solid build, and you can just throw in the case of your choice and that's a quality computer that will last 5+ years without any upgrades needed, and when you do need to upgrade to something better that board is quad-core compatible so you can get a lot more out of the system for only a little bit more money
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How about throwing in this case

Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER Centurion 541 RC-541-SKN1 Black Aluminum bezel, SECC chassis MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case - Retail
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350W Power Supply can get the job done but I would consider something more powerful, Newegg.com - APEVIA ATX-CW500WP4 ATX 500W Power Supply 115/ 230 V UL, CSA, TUV, CE - Retail This is a decent Power Supply, decently cheap too.
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Do not get an Apevia psu. They are on the list of brands to avoid in the updated power supply guide.

Also the Abit IP35-E is an atx mobo so it will not fit in the micro atx Cooler Master Centurion 541 posted earlier.
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He only uses the computer to watch movies, play pogo online and surf the internet.
Anyone remember that part of the first post?

There is no need for a discreet GFX card and a high dollar mobo. This is not going to be a gaming machine.

Swap out the mobo for this one with onboard GFX:
Newegg.com - Foxconn 45CMX Socket T (LGA775) Intel 945GC Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

If you are ordering quickly, this RAM is on sale:
Newegg.com - Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Retail

If you're not ordering right away, this RAM has a good price, period:
Newegg.com - CORSAIR ValueSelect 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - Retail

The rest of the build will work. You can take any extra you have and go for a bigger hard drive if you want.
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