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Old 11-24-2004, 10:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm building a new computer for someone, and I wanted to see if you guys had any better/cheaper suggestions. This system will be used for internet surfing and word processing and stuff like that, no gaming whatsoever. Also, the cheaper the better.

CPU- AMD Athlon XP 2700+
Motherboard- Biostar M7NCD Pro
RAM- 512 MB Kingston PC3200
Hard Drive- Western Digital 80GB
Video Card- eVGA GeForce4 MX 440 64MB-8X
Optical Drive- Sony CD Burner
Case- Antec w/ 350watt psu
Operating System- Windows XP Home OEM

And the total comes out to $522.99. To my surprise, I found the XP 2700+ cheaper than the 2500 and 2600, I guess due to their popularity. I went with the Biostar motherboard because it supports up to 3 GB of Kingston ValueRAM, and plus I've seen it used in a build on Tom's Hardware, so it must be reliable enough. Also, I realize the video card sucks, but it won't be used for gaming at all, so that should be fine. What do you guys think?

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Old 11-24-2004, 10:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If its not for gaming really... probally cut down the price with 256mb 400 pc3200 ram... unless he runs alot of stuff at once.


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Old 11-24-2004, 10:31 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I would downgrade the RAM to PC2700 instead of PC3200. It will save you money plus you have no need for PC3200. The hard drive looks good. You could also save a little money by using a GeForce 2 MX instead of a GeForce 4 MX. I see GeForce 2 MXs at Wal-mart all the time for like $30.
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Old 11-24-2004, 10:35 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Get something like this:

Dimension 3000
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Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor (2.80GHz, 533 FSB)

Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition

256MB DDR SDRAM at 400MHz

40GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive

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Old 11-24-2004, 01:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate the replies.
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