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Old 01-04-2009, 06:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Can I build a decent PC for $300-$400 for a family member?

Basically, my cousin's computer went out (it's old) and he desperately needs a new PC for E-mail, etc (nothing serious, maybe the occasional game or two) Mostly needs to be built for everyday tasks in general.

They said they only had $300-400 MAX to spend on new PC parts. They already have a Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse.

So they will need a new:

Case
Motherboard
Ram
Power Supply
Graphics Card
Sound Card?

Did I miss anything? hehe

It's a conincedence because I am actually thinking of upgrading my PC (see other post below) but I wasn't quite ready to drop $600-700 for my upgrade parts.

So I was thinking I could maybe part with my Graphics Card or something and just upgrade that until I can afford to get get some other new parts for myself.

I was also thinking of building them a system like mine (see my specs in sig) only because I figure the parts I used for my build are probably cheap now since I purchased them back in Spring 07.

Anyways, let me know what you guys think.

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Default Re: Can I build a decent PC for $300-$400 for a family member?

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So they will need a new:

Case
Motherboard
Ram
Power Supply
Graphics Card
Sound Card?

Did I miss anything? hehe
Maybe a cpu and OS? In that price range go with onboard sound.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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These parts come to $407 . It should have no problem with general usage and would be pretty good at gaming. I assumed they could reuse the optical drive(s) from their old system.

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wow! Thank you so much for this. This might be the best bet. How do you think a system with the specs below would compare to my system (in sig) as far as performance?

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These parts come to $407 . It should have no problem with general usage and would be pretty good at gaming. I assumed they could reuse the optical drive(s) from their old system.

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Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GV-R467D3-512I Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards

Newegg.com - Antec True Power Trio TP3-430 430W ATX12V Active PFC Power Supply with Three 12V Rails - Power Supplies

Newegg.com - G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory - Desktop Memory

Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EG41M-S2H LGA 775 Intel G41 HDMI Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

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^^ It has a faster cpu and a slightly better graphics card than your system.
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sweet. I think we are going to order these parts today! Does the case support 2 hard drives?

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Yeah, two hard drives will fit without a problem.
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I see space for 5 hds and 4 dvd drives.
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I would get this ram If you plan to use vista if not the above will be great
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