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Old 07-20-2005, 09:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to build a desktop that is fast and simple.... I dont play games but I do surf the internet a lot. I dont know much about computers but I am very mechanically able to build one.... I was wondering if it is possible to put together fast desktop for $500??? Just for the desktop.... I would like to have something that is expandable in the long run. Can someone put together what I described?
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It can be done since you don't want to game. Do you just want me to link you to all the parts?
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Old 07-20-2005, 09:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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yea that would be awesome....
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If you just surf the net get some cheap Dell for like $400, it comes with 2.8 Ghz P4 standard, with like 256 RAM.
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Old 07-20-2005, 10:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I built a cheap one for somebody =$350

Raidmax scorpio case w/ 420w PSU

Giga-byte 865G chipset (integrated graphics)

512mb Corsair Value RAM PC3200

2.8 Celeron

80gb WD HD

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Old 07-20-2005, 10:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Does anybody know how many GHZ the celeron in the Dimension 2400 is? Thats what I have now and I cant stand it....

I dont want to buy a computer thats off the shelf....
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Quintox, I dunno why but ur sig is lagging me. This is on a x2 with a 6800GT. Weird.

Sry for hijack. Check this out, it might help you.

http://www.dailyedeals.com/free_online_coupons/dell.htm
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Even if you want to surf the net or multitask, do not get a celeron, at least get a 2.0 P4.
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would put something togeather around the following lines if $500 is just for the computer it self.

AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Newcastle $120
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819104226
This cpu is a decent choise and I take it over a celeron any day of the week.

ASUS K8N Socket 754 NVIDIA nForce3 250 $69
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131512
skt 754 decent motherboard from a solid manufactor. Not as upgradeable as a skt 939 but still have decent upgrade options. You got a agp slot so you could make it into a decent gaming system iif your needs ever changed. It also can hold up to a athlon 64 3700+ if you ever wanted to upgrade that.
Patriot 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) $41
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820220027
512 Ram is good for tha average user you could always upgrade to a gig later. Never had a problem with Patrioit ram before.
ASUS V9400-X/TD/64 Geforce4 MX4000 $30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814121183
It will handle none gaming fine. Pretty much anything the none gamer do depends on cpu and ram and not video card. This video CAN NOT Game worth anything. It will allow you to use the internet as good as any video card.
Western Digital Special Edition 80GB 7200RPM $56
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...144-122&depa=1
80GB should be enough for your needs
Lite-On Black 52X32X52X16 Combo Drive, Model SOHC-5236K $34
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...106-979&depa=1
Plays dvds and write to cd and does it great. If you need a dvd burner then get a nec3540 instead of this otherwise this will be perfect.
XCLIO XClio 450BL ATX 450W Power Supply 230Vac $53
http://www2.newegg.com/Product/Produ...189-003&depa=0
Great PSU for people that dont want to spend alot. If you do some reserch on it you acturally finds out that it is made by the same people that makes antecs PSUS. Making this a great deal.
CASE OF CHOISE FOR $50
just get any ATX case you want with out spending to much.


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proberly going to cost like $40 for shipping which leaves it just under $500 when it all come and done.
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Old 07-20-2005, 11:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I would just go with intergrated video but something that has a agp or Pci-express.

Motherboard is a socket 939, has 4 ram slots, 4 sata ports, Pci-express and x200 graphics. Nothing great, but can be upgraded later. Any other board would be just as good. $86.50

Cpu Amd 64 socket 939 512kb cache retail. $146

DVD-RW NEC 16x dual layer, dual format. $43.99

Hard drive 80GB 7200rpm 8mb cache sata2 (works on sata) $53.75

$330.24 plus whatever the case, psu, ram cost.
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