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Old 03-18-2007, 08:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My friend asked me to build him a really cheap computer for him. His budget is $500 max...is it possible to build a decent computer for that low amount of money?
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What is he going to use this for? Standard use? Light gaming?

Does he need a monitor/keyboard/mouse too? How big of a HDD does he need? You have to go into a bit more detail as I've made that build down there under 450 bucks.

I can put a build together with

1GB DDR2-677 ram
X2 4200
ECS AM2 Mobo
7600GT


And a few other things without a monitor.
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Old 03-18-2007, 09:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It's possible as long as he doesn't need a monitor and accessories to go along with it. Just a decent tower for $500 is doable. He could get an AM2 based system like that semi-build Sora posted. If he needs a monitor, mouse, keyboard, etc...might be better to get a prebuilt since you're not going to get much for that kind of money.
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Yea If he doesn't need a monitor then you can go to town and have quite a nice gaming system on say 1024x840 res or so. A monitor would destroy that budget though...

Lol I could build an X2 system with 1GB ram and stuff w/o a monitor and onboard graphics for like 300 bucks...lmao
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he doesnt do much gaming. just general use like checking email, browsing the web, listening to music, microsoft office. stuff like that. btw he doesnt need a monitor mouse or keyboard..just the computer
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For what he's going to be using it for a pre-built dell tower would probably be best. It'll come w/ the apps he uses and be a good value with good warranties.
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For what he's going to be using it for a pre-built dell tower would probably be best. It'll come w/ the apps he uses and be a good value with good warranties.
Dell, good warranties?

Thats just an oxymoron.
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lol Solid Warranties, he won't have to replace individual parts on newegg lol
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I've never had trouble with Dell Warranties,.....
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He should not be getting a dell for 500. Look in my cheap X2 build thread as that is what he should be doing with his money.
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