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Cheap rig for my mom's friend

Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by ShadowFold, Apr 9, 2008.

  1. ShadowFold

    ShadowFold New Member

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    I talked to her yesterday and she sent me 300$ into my paypal. Her current one died so im gonna build a nice cheap one. Just uses the internet for maybe a few hours a day, thats what she said and she doesnt game at all.

    Linkworld Micro-ATX case(Dont worry im not using the case psu LOL)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811164089

    WD 160gb HDD her old drive was 20gb so im guessing it will suffice
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075

    Biostar 690G with ATi Radeon Xpress 1250
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138107

    Same ASUS DVD drive I have, its really good for 20$
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135151

    Seasonic 300w
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151055

    Kingston 1gb(512mb x 2)
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134593

    AMD Athlon 64 Single Core 2.2ghz
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103199

    Gonna order tonight if it looks good to everyone else :)
     
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    As an alternative... base on c2duo...

    btw leave the psu on .... save the money for something else...

    mobo: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L with Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100 (Intel GMA 3100).(about 50 euro)
    cpu: INTEL PENTIUM DUAL CORE E2180 2.00 GHZ LGA775 - 800 FSB - BOX (65 euro)
    mem: TWINMOS 002-800-TWI 2GB DDR2 CL5 PC6400 (800MHZ) (35 euro)

    thats about 150 euro...or 220 us $
     
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    Thats way over budget. Thanks for the sugestion tho I ordered it a few minutes ago.
     
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    what os you using :)
     
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    Windows XP 32bit.
     
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    kk yeah all looks good :)
     
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    THATS COOL... hope you have a nice build with no problems...:toast:
     
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    I agree with tzitzibp you should have built it based on one of the lower core 2 duos, even that is better than the athlons, save the money on the PSU and lets be honest for a few hours browsing daily onboard VGA is good enough.
     
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    I already got the parts and built it :p Plus like I said, going intel was way over budget. you dont need a dualcore to surf the internet anyways -.-
     
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    @echo75 & tzitzibp - No, never use a cheap no-name psu if you don't have to. He made the right choice for someone like her. If a psu goes, it can kill every single component in the pc. Cheap no-name ones are more likely to go than good ones.

    A user like her, that only surfs the net, has no need for a Core2 system. It's just an added expense, with no real benefits to her.

    And judging by the fact she had a 20GB hard drive, I'm gonna have to guess that this machine will be much faster than the one she's replacing.

    @Shadowfold - The only thing I might've done differently is bought a cheaper case without a psu, and tried to upgrade to an X2, if it would still fit in the budget.
     
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    Seasonic 300w's with 80% efficiency aren't good?
     
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    Yeah, they are. I was actually talking to the other guys. You just posted while I was still typing. lol. Imma edit that post to directly address the other 2.
     
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    Well about the case it was the cheapest Micro ATX case available at the time. I didnt want to put together a huge mid tower(and thank god I didnt) cause her desk barely fits a Micro ATX!
     
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    Ah, well if space is a concern, there was little you could do. You built a perfectly fine rig for her uses.
     
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    Ok, so working in the labs, we still have the old 3.0 P4s, as well as the E6300s. I have to say, even the lower duel cores are much better. Trust me in stateing that it would be much more worth putting 50 more bucks at the most into something tha has multi core. Some of the lower lower cores are miles of the single.

    Just my opinion, the single market is gone.
     
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    Why not save the few bucks and stick a LE-1150 in it? The performance difference for what she does will be non-existant.

    You can also throw an 80GB in there instead of the 160GB.

    The difference between those two should give you enough money to up the RAM to 2GB, which will help IMO.
     
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    Haha, if I can browse the web on a Dell Inspiron 4000, then I'm sure this PC will suffice. (the Inspiron has a PIII-M @ 850 MHz, 512 MB SDRAM-100, 10 gig HDD, ATI M3 Mobility graphics, and a 1400 x 1050 14.1 inch screen, and it still runs for 2 - 3 hours on an 8 year old 55 WHr battery!). You don't even need 1 gig of RAM for XP, I've seen it run on 128mb! (Not that you should... lag, lag, lag, but it runs.)
     

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