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Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tater, Jul 19, 2007.

  1. tater

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    so its my fathers birthday in a month and some odd amount of days and i think i have the right present :D. So he enjoys computers, he has this old socket 370 w/ 1.4ghz p-3 and 512mb of pc-100 ram, and he just cant afford to upgrade. His computer need's are rather limited. He plays starcraft once and awhile and would need something to reliably surf the internet and be fast So i have put together a list of parts im looking to stay within $250 (which is honestly pushing it in terms of trying to save up enough in time). But if i can manage it ill get it for him


    So first of all i have a micro atx case i can use, he has a 120gb hard drive, and dvd burner/reader, and a monitor.

    this is what i wanna buy

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16813128045
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16820145529
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16817153023
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E16819103733
    Total: $190.64

    My only concerns are that his current hard drive and dvd rom are both IDE and the motherboard only has 1 ide controller. Should i maybe buy a sata hdd?

    Also i have a athlon 64 3200 laying around i might be able to use. I played CS:S with it fine...


    So any idea's...suggestions.....donations maybe ;) j/p..
     
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    Not too bad! You may want a better mobo if possible, get the x2 3600 brisbane core (way better), and a cheap stick of ddr2 800 shouldn't be too hard to find.
     
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    Why a better mobo? maybe a suggestion about a "better" one. I knew brisbane were better i must not of been paying attention lol. And why would i need to bother going to ddr2-800
     
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    you already have a working A64 3200+? If it's compatable with the motherboard (Am2), why not use it? With the money saved, you could get more memory (is he going to use XP?). there are some Am2 motherboards I've seen with 2IDE. But I think they were usually ATX size.
     
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    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131143

    It has to be a micro..or i have to buy a new case *stresses the word budget*

    *edit* the a64 3200 was pulled from my gaming rig only used it for like 5 months never oced works perfect. I pulled it out because i upgraded to a nice a64 x2 5400...and yes itll be an XP computer
     
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