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Old 11-05-2006, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am building a new computer that will be used only for everyday activities(internet, email) and will never be used for gaming but I still want it to be good enough so it will last 3-5years.

Motherboard
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Processor - $114.99
AMD Athlon 64 3800+ Orleans 2.4GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103029

Ram - $103.99 (might get something cheaper)
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Desktop Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145568

Graphics card - $47.99 (not sure if I should even get something this good)
ASUS EN6200TC 512/TD/256M GeForce 6200TC 256M (Effective memory 512M) 64bit (Effective bandwith 128bit) GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Low Profile Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121010

Power supply - $79.99
Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-480 BLUE ATX12V 480W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103930

Hard drive - $57.99
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600JS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144415

DVD Burner - $28.99
SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 18X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827151133

Floppy disk drive - $7.99
SONY Black 1.44MB 3.5" Internal Floppy Drive Model MPF920 Black - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821103116

Case
not sure(still looking but will take suggestions)

Total - $411.93

I was wanting it to cost around $500 but it can go a little over

If you have any suggestions on better parts to get or ways to lower the cost.

I would also like to know what a good motherboard would be since I am not really sure what to look for. I do not need a lot of features since I do not plan to overclock this computer. I Just want a basic motherboard that is reliable.
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Old 11-05-2006, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks good, but if you're not gaming, consider going lower on the processor. Could save you more money.
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Yeah, you could get like a 3000+ for like $70 off newegg that gets the job done. It won't feel laggy or anything they're still great chips so don't worry about going lower end.
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i agree, you could definitely go lower on the processor. if you won't be gaming i would say ditch the graphics card entirely and go for a motherboard with onboard graphics. normally i'd reccomend against that but it sounds like in your case it will be cheaper and best overall.
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cpu - Athlon 64 3800 AM2 - 115.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103029
mobo - ASUS M2N-MX Matx - 76.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131040
ram - Corsair Valueselect (2x512MB) DDR2 533 - 99.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145526
case - Antec Solution SLK1650B w/350W PSU - 60.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129150
optical - Liton DVD burner +RW - 28.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106014
hard drive - WD Caviar SE 160GB - 58.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144415
floppy - NEC black - 6.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16821152005

442.00 without shipping...

the case is Antec (good company with good PSU's.. hence good deal) the mobo may be micro ATX, but it has an Nivida 6100 video chipset... good video for basic stuff... even some mild gaming (older games, but hey...) I was going to suggest the AM2 Opty 1210 dual core if you can afford it... you may nto game but at least the dual core will last you while more than single... and it's only 170.00
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I think I will go with the opteron instead. My only concern is the power supply in the case. Looking at the reviews many of them said it died very quickly and I don’t want it to mess up anything else in this computer as it needs to last a while. Even though it is made by antec do you think it would be a good idea to get a better psu?
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you could. it's completely up to you... but your not going to be stressing it out at all with general useage... no matter what brand, and how good they are... there is always the chance of a lemon...
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