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Well they asked cuz the got a thing in the mail from dell

for a E7400, 4GB ram, 500GB HD, 19" Screen for 500

so i wanted to see if i could make them a better one but really dont have the time to look so im asking for some help plz :D

I wanted to get them a Quad core cuz it should last them longer AMD or Intel idc :toast:
 
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You could make a better one for $500. If you want, I could help you on your build.
 

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depending on what they want, intel may not be the best choice. AMDs 780G chipset boards have one of the best onboard video around, as well as having every HTPC/media feature you'll ever need.

parents arent likely to need a gaming beast, so a 780G, 4GB 800Mhz ram, dual core CPU... slap it in a silent mATX enclosure and they got what they need. Hell, if they got a HDTV, hook it right up.
 
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well they just need it to look on the net but i wanted Q cuz they wouldnt need to up grade it in a while

and they dont game but wanted to have the option to add a gpu later if needed
 

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well they just need it to look on the net but i wanted Q cuz they wouldnt need to up grade it in a while

and they dont game but wanted to have the option to add a gpu later if needed
i'd still look at 780G. my 780G can run Phenom II's, even some AM3 models (ofc, with DDR2 ram).

The reason i suggest AMD here is that while intel performs better, AMD is more power efficient and cheaper. parents tend to not need 500W monsters, and prefer small, quiet, low upkeep machines.
 

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I would certainly never do this with one of my builds, despite the price because I just like to tinker and upgrade too much, but...and I can't believe I'm saying this...they may be better off with the dell, if they need the monitor. Honestly, if you add the monitor to the mix, you're looking at a $350 max budget on everything else. That's really hard to do to match anything close to the specs on the Dell, especially for the parents. That was very painful to say....
 

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Here's what I came up with ....




ALSO! That dell that you see is very well worth it for what your parents are planning.

EDIT:
Oh also DOM, your wish list is empty. :)
 
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I would certainly never do this with one of my builds, despite the price because I just like to tinker and upgrade too much, but...and I can't believe I'm saying this...they may be better off with the dell, if they need the monitor. Honestly, if you add the monitor to the mix, you're looking at a $350 max budget on everything else. That's really hard to do to match anything close to the specs on the Dell, especially for the parents. That was very painful to say....
Bolded to point out the other posters in the thread may have missed.

$350 left, cheapest intel CPU on newegg is.. E2200 c2D for $67

Leaving you $283 for Case, GPU, Memory, HDD, Case, PSU, Mouse, Keyboard, OS.

Antec with 380w Earthpower $84.99

Mouse/KYBRD= $20 total. ($8-10 ea.)

Mobo $43

160gb drive $40
DDR2 $8/ea, get at least 2, hopefully 4.

NOTE:Holy shit, Gskill 512mb ddr2 is $8. Holy hell!

Total: $319

I built one :roll: Definitely wasn't my goal :p (I wasn't expect it doable, though the specs are a good bit under the dell's.)

It appears doable, but theres no windows included or monitor, and you might want to change up GPU. (since its integrated, but has a pci-e slot).
 
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nope.
 

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here is how i did, $548 sub-total with everything (if you want the cart tell me and i can email it):



add 10 to the subtotal, forgot the mouse and keyboard :(

so for 548 you get a comparable pc to the dell, i almost think go with the dell....
 
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Here's what I came up with ....

http://img.techpowerup.org/090606/Capture052.jpg


ALSO! That dell that you see is very well worth it for what your parents are planning.

EDIT:
Oh also DOM, your wish list is empty. :)
Trust me, I'm not one to defend a Dell purchase, but honestly the specs on the Dell are better than this, and I never trust a low end ECS board. Maybe a Black series, but not one like this.
 

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You are still missing some things though.
Of course I am ... Your point? I did that just to give him a basis of what to look at. add a $20 kb/mouse/speaker kit and $110 monitor and Vista/XP.


@Paulie

My post was reverse psychology, proving that dell would work out better than trying to build.
 

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Of course I am ... Your point? I did that just to give him a basis of what to look at. add a $20 kb/mouse/speaker kit and $110 monitor and Vista/XP.
Just makin' sure ;)
 

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Cooling is needed too, unless the processor already comes with an HSF
its a retail proc, to my knowledge all amd cpus come with a decent heatsink
 
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its a retail proc, to my knowledge all amd cpus come with a decent heatsink
Good deal then :D. The reason I asked is because some actually do not.
 

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Good deal then :D. The reason I asked is because some actually do not.
those are usually distinguished by the word "tray". my xeon was a tray. this odd naming makes for some weird sentences.
 

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Go with the dell, you can't beat that deal. Plus you get a licensed vista and warranty + support.
 

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as much as i dislike prebuilts, the dell does come with an OS and a screen. many of the other builds arent.
 
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This is about as cheap of a build as I would want to go before really cutting corners. If you wanted it cheaper you could probably start with the case/PSU, mobo, and RAM but I wouldn't suggest it. The case is a MicroATX to save space, but you can get the other Antec ATX case a few others linked here that is a few bucks cheaper. The CPU I went with is to save on power consumption and heat output, since it sounds like your parents won't really need the speed. If you want 4GB of RAM you can spend about $20 bucks more though.

I'm not sure of what Dell deal you have, but this is the cheapest one I could find that is comparable. This Dell is $579 and the newegg build is $568.90, both before taxes and shipping.

http://www.dell.com/us/en/home/desk...lim_anav_2~~VcdS!5tc&m_5=S1909WX&mo=5~S1909WX
 

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