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  1. P0w3r3dUp

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    Need new system.

    Budget is very little so want to get the best for this money about ~$400

    It's gonna be used: photoshop (and similar software), some online games, maybe sometimes new games but at low resolution cuz the screen is only 17"
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    any old parts you can carry over like the DVD/CD drive, HDD, PSU??
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    Welcome to the forum!

    I'm with sneekypeet, anything you can recycle, such as a case and the aforementioned components?
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    It's actually a new built for my aunt's bf. He only had a notebook so i have to collect everything except the monitor mouse... just the pc :]
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    Um, what?

    UPDATE: What dollars are you in, American or Canadian?
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    OK, converting that to £ (GBP) comes to a little over £280 - which is not a lot really. To save a bit of money, looking for cheap 2nd hand components on eBay and even our WTB sub-forum may help you picking up a bargin.

    If I was in your shoes, I'd use this specification as a baseline...

    MOBO: Gigabyte GA-EP43-DS3L - a very decent little motherboard that can give you a good path for upgrading if needed at a later date - unless an integrated GFX solution would be better, but as the rig will be used for Photoshop & gaming I didn't think recommending one would be appropriate.

    CPU: Intel Pentium Dual Core E5200 - these are great little CPUs and OC nicely saving you a few extra bucks.

    RAM: I'd pick up, depending on your budget either 4GB or 2GB of any reputable brand (eg, Crucial, Kingston, Corsair etc etc) DDR2 800.

    GFX: Depending on the games that'll be played, I'd recommend a 4830 - definitely check out eBay see if you can pick up a bargin.

    Case: That I'll let you decide, if you maybe able to find a suitable one with an included PSU to save even more money however, I'd rather pick up a Corsair CX 400W - great little PSU.

    HDD: I really can't recommend Samsung HDDs enough - purchase anything that is within your budget.

    DVD: Anything cheap would suffice.

    Hopefully this will be a guide, obviously others will give their opinion and experience and where to shop from.
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    ty ty, the only problem is im in europe so the prices here are higher (not much, but...)
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    CPU - Intel Pentium E5200 - $70
    Cooler - Rosewill RCX-Z775-LX - $20
    GPU - SAPPHIRE 100265HDMI Radeon HD 4830 512MB 256-bit - $90
    PSU - Rosewill R114A-BLK Black Steel (with case)
    Case - Rosewill R114A-BLK Black Steel - $50
    HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500GB - $60
    Mobo - GIGABYTE GA-EP43-DS3LR - $85
    Ram - Patriot 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) - $30
    DVD - LITE-ON 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - 21 $

    Total - 426 $


    its a pretty system (maybe some more ram) with that money but here, it would be - $500+ :(
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    Nothing wrong with that set up at all.

    :D
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