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Old 09-03-2005, 10:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy a starter computer that I can upgrade in the future. I'd really like for it to have a nice motherboard and processor and a non-agp video card slot (you know, a slot for the new video card). I really don't care what else is on it. I'd like a small-medium hard drive. USB slots in the front would be awesome. The case doesn't have to look awesome. Can someone suggest a computer I could buy? I'm not looking to spend that much money. The cheaper the better. Again, I'm not looking for the best computer out there, just something I can start with and upgrade later. That means, I want all the new slots so I don't have to buy a new motherboard atleast until they come up with a brand new archetecture. If someone can help, I would be so appreciated. Thanks so much everyone.

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Would you consider building? And what is your budget?
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Old 09-04-2005, 12:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No, I don't want to build. And my budget is around $300. Cheaper is better in my case.
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300$ isnt going to do anything, except possibly the cheapest POS computer they are so cheap they dont even put alot of slots on, to save money from using less plastic.
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You can't do much with $300 these days, unless you want to buy a $299 Dell that doesn't do crap except die after 90 days (DO NOT BUY A DELL!! JUST DON'T DO IT!!) Why you do not want to build perplexes me; because these days you will have to build with older parts to meet that budget.

EDIT: Not only that, you want a good mobo with a PCI-E slot and a vid card. That's a good $250-$300 right there.
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you could buy a case for 100 and.. a crt monitor and act like you have a comp.
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I'm not asking for a god computer, I'm asking for a very start-off computer. If you think I could get something like this and build it myself, then post the prices. The video card doesn't even have to be decent. I'm just looking for something I can upgrade in the future that I don't have to buy another motherboard for. I don't need a monitor, so that cuts the price down alittle. Heck, I don't even need that nice of a processor, just so that my motherboard can hold better processors without having to be replaced because the slot changed or whatever.

Things are getting cheaper and cheaper as the technology changes. I don't think it's unreasonable to be able to make a bottom of the line computer for $300.

Any help is appreciated a lot.
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But you are literally asking for the impossible. Consider that the HD, CD drive, and OS is about $200 right there. There is no way you can get a mobo, CPU and RAM for all $100 or so.
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CHAINTECH S1689 Socket 939 ULi M1689 ATX AMD Motherboard - 68 (cheapest s939 mobo)

amd athlon 64 3000+ - 146

SAPPHIRE 100120 Radeon X300SE HyperMemory 128MB DDR HyperMemory (32MB Onboard VRAM) 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - 48 (very crappy video card. more for video editing isnt it?)


262 dollars for a video card, mobo, and cpu. you still need a case - 20 dollars, dvd burner - 40 dollars. OS - 81 dollars. hd - 53 dollars


thats 456 dollars right there. no where near 300 dollras...

EDIT: and btw you really think you can build a bottom line computer for 300 dollars? why dont you check out www.newegg.com or www.monarchcomputer.com look at the parts yourself and see how expensive they are...

OH YEAH I FORGOT THE RAM! lol the ram will be an additional 50 dollars for 512 which most people have 1GB these days

so thats 500 dollars for a whole computer
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you could probably get a barebone system for around 300$, it wouldnt be usable but you could upgrade it. A mobo that is worth anything is like what 60$ min, cpu has to be like 150-200$ absolute min. Its just not possible to have a working comp for 300 plus having it be upgradable to tomorrow's technology.
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