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Old 08-21-2006, 05:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, a friend of a friend wants me to build him a new PC for college. He's looking to spend about $1,000 total so I figure spec out the hardware for $700, XP Pro, Office and AVG Free should bring it to about $1,000.

So... What would you guys suggest? Both from the AMD and Intel side of things.
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what does he plan on doing with his PC, and does he need any peripherals (including mouse, keyboard, monitor)
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Old 08-21-2006, 05:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is what I came up with for a little over $1k:

Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 Conroe 1066MHz FSB 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819115004

Intel BOXDP965LTCK Socket T (LGA 775) Intel P965 Express ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121035

Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220095

eVGA 256-P2-N584-AR Geforce 7900GT KO 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814130033

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 (Perpendicular Recording) ST3250620AS 250GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148144

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931

Antec Performance I P180B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel for durability through the majority of chassis 1.0mm cold rolled steel around the 4 x HDD area ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129017
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^i would suggest getting a cheaper mobo, maybe the gigabyte ds3 or asus p5nsli, that will save you almost $100 bucks which would be enough for him to upgrade his ram to ddr2 800mhz or to an E6600
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^ i suggest you read the orignial post, because he said he would like it at $700
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh oops...
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well if he need something that cheap, I would go AMD cause there pricces are so low, well I am not looking this up, but for a cpu: amd 3500 venice (2.2ghz) 1gb ram, 200gig HD (WD caviear series is nice) GPU: well on the nvidia side I think you should be able to squeeze out a 7600gt. PSU: I would at least go with a 450 watt model, coolmax and antec make some good reliable units. mobo: you can get something for like 90 bucks.
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Old 08-21-2006, 06:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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This came out to almost 700:

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Windsor 2000MHz HT 2 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM2 Dual Core Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103735

Gigabyte GA-M55SLI-S4 Socket AM2 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128321

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 533 (PC2 4200) System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231018

XFX PV-T73G-UDD3 Geforce 7600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814150140

Antec TRUEPOWERII TPII-550 ATX12V 550W Power Supply 115/230 V UL, TUV, CB, FCC CLASS B, CUL - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103931
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Looks good. I was hoping to get a few people's opinions though.
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uhhhhhh did u read the board specs for both of those u need 800mhz ram minium 533 and 667 will not work
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