very tight budget - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Hardware > System Upgrades
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-22-2008, 12:28 PM   #1 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: STL, MO
Posts: 134
Send a message via AIM to nastsystems
Default very tight budget

i am helping my friend build a computer and i am haveing problems keeping it in his budgetwhich is $400 he is not useing it for any kind of gaming just for normal internet browsing and thats it!

all suggestions are apprecited
__________________

nastsystems is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 12:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
Super Techie
 
LeftEyeBlind's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: America
Posts: 482
Send a message via MSN to LeftEyeBlind
Default Re: very tight budget

Do you need a monitor? Keyboard/mouse? The whole Shabang? Or just a tower?
__________________

__________________
PROJECT WOLFDALE<br><br>GIGABTE GA-P35-DS3L (Rev. 2)<br><br>Intel Core 2 Duo e8400 "Wolfdale" 3.66Ghz<br><br>2X512MB Patriot Extreme - 1X1GB Mushkin<br><br>BFG 8800GT OC<br><br>Antec Nine Hundred
LeftEyeBlind is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 01:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
NightSurge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 2,217
Send a message via AIM to NightSurge
Default Re: very tight budget

Go AMD.

Motherboard $50:
Newegg.com - ECS GeForce7050M-M (V2.0) AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA Geforce7050PV / nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Processor $66:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

Case and PSU $50:
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Scorpio ATX-868WSP Silver 0.8mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply - Computer Cases

2GB Ram $37:
Newegg.com - WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

80GB HDD $35:
Newegg.com - EXCELSTOR Jupiter Series ESJ8080S 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Burner $30:
Newegg.com - Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD&#177;R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Vista Home Basic SP1 32bit $90:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - Operating Systems

Total cost: $357.94 before shipping

EDIT: Just in case you were worried, I didn't include a GPU because that motherboard has good onboard video already. If it's just for internet usage, that's the cheapest and best way to go.
__________________

If I was helpful, please click the icon on the left hand side of this message that looks like a check mark Thanks!

NightSurge is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 02:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: very tight budget

Quote:
Originally Posted by surgeVel View Post
Go AMD.

Motherboard $50:
Newegg.com - ECS GeForce7050M-M (V2.0) AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA Geforce7050PV / nForce 630a Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards

Processor $66:
Newegg.com - AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ 2.4GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 65W Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

Case and PSU $50:
Newegg.com - RAIDMAX Scorpio ATX-868WSP Silver 0.8mm SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 420watts PS2 ATX12V Power Supply - Computer Cases

2GB Ram $37:
Newegg.com - WINTEC AMPO 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

80GB HDD $35:
Newegg.com - EXCELSTOR Jupiter Series ESJ8080S 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives

DVD Burner $30:
Newegg.com - Pioneer Black 20X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 20X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 40X CD-R 32X CD-RW 40X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 20X DVD&#177;R DVD Burner - CD / DVD Burners

Vista Home Basic SP1 32bit $90:
Newegg.com - Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD - Operating Systems

Total cost: $357.94 before shipping

EDIT: Just in case you were worried, I didn't include a GPU because that motherboard has good onboard video already. If it's just for internet usage, that's the cheapest and best way to go.
Looks good. The only things I would change are the cpu and psu.

A 45w dual core will decrease power consumption and should run cooler.

Newegg.com - AMD Athlon X2 4050e 2.1GHz 1MB L2 Cache Socket AM2 45W 65nm Dual-Core Processor - CPUs / Processors

This psu is more reliable than the one included with that case.

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

Since you wouldn't need the psu included with the case you could also get a cheaper case.
__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 03:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
NightSurge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 2,217
Send a message via AIM to NightSurge
Default Re: very tight budget

If going that route, a possible case option would be:
Newegg.com - Rosewill RZS05 BLK Black Sturdy SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases

That makes the new total with PuddleJumper's suggestions to $397 before shipping. Either build would be good. I'm pretty sure that the case included power supply on the RAIDMAX would be enough for his small needs and lack of video card, but the power supply PuddleJumper listed would leave more room for expansion.
__________________

If I was helpful, please click the icon on the left hand side of this message that looks like a check mark Thanks!

NightSurge is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 04:00 PM   #6 (permalink)
True Techie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: STL, MO
Posts: 134
Send a message via AIM to nastsystems
Default Re: very tight budget

ok thanks to all you guys that replied!!
nastsystems is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 04:01 PM   #7 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
Puddle Jumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 4,286
Default Re: very tight budget

Quote:
Originally Posted by surgeVel View Post
I'm pretty sure that the case included power supply on the RAIDMAX would be enough for his small needs and lack of video card, but the power supply PuddleJumper listed would leave more room for expansion.

I suggested a different psu because Raidmax is on the list of brands to avoid in the power supply guide.
__________________

AMD Phenom II x4 955 Black Edition : Asus M4A89GTD PRO : Corsair 550VX
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4x2gb DDR3 1600 : MSI Geforce GTX 770 2gb : Antec 300
OCZ Agility 2 60gb SSD (OS) : SanDisk Ultra 120gb SSD (Apps) : Crucial M500 240gb (Steam) : Win 8.1 Pro 64bit
2x Samsung 2494LW & 1x Dell U2312HM Eyefinity

Lenovo ThinkPad X220 : Core i5 2410M : 12.5" 1366x768 IPS LED display : Intel 320 Series 120gb SSD

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 stock 4.3 : Nexus 7 2 stock 4.4

Puddle Jumper is offline  
Old 05-22-2008, 05:49 PM   #8 (permalink)
Master Techie
 
NightSurge's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Posts: 2,217
Send a message via AIM to NightSurge
Default Re: very tight budget

Quote:
Originally Posted by nastsystems View Post
ok thanks to all you guys that replied!!
Lol, all being mostly me and Puddle Jumper.
__________________

If I was helpful, please click the icon on the left hand side of this message that looks like a check mark Thanks!

NightSurge is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Really tight budget build.. Khann New Systems | Building and Buying 19 03-29-2008 04:03 PM
$3500 budget for gaming and video editing (needs everything) dario03 New Systems | Building and Buying 14 10-13-2007 01:12 AM
Help with a low budget build Flame Hawk New Systems | Building and Buying 34 08-22-2007 07:18 AM
New gaming rig under tight budget crazlunatic New Systems | Building and Buying 7 08-21-2007 11:27 AM
Strict budget... Gaming... c0rr0sive New Systems | Building and Buying 15 08-21-2007 01:24 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:18 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.