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Recommend Budget Rig $400 MAX!!!

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My friend needs a new PC and will not spend more than $400. He wants at least a Core 2 Duo (E2180?), a dvd burner, a video card to watch movies (if built in video isnt good enough), probably 2GB of RAM, and the other essentials (psu, hdd, case, mobo, etc.). OS, monitor, keyboard and mouse not needed. Thanks ahead.
 

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I made my go at it:




427.92$ without the rebates, 387.92$ with the rebates. :)


He can do serious gaming with this if he wants.
 

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get a cheap HD2400 or HD2600 with UVD then it will have DVI HDMI out too ^__~
 

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I made my go at it:




427.92$ without the rebates, 387.92$ with the rebates. :)


He can do serious gaming with this if he wants.
No point to get an 3850 to watch movies, only makes sense if he'll be gaming. I'd stick with onboard or get an 2400 or 2600 like boogah said for that. He also said we wants an Core 2 and a DVD burner not ROM. Good choice of case BTW
 
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Well, I went AMD since he probably wont be overclocking (even if he does, it is a decent overclocker), similar performance CPU's. Yeah, there is a bit no point in the 3850 if he really doesn't want gaming.
 
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Dangit! You just missed the deal that ZipZoomFly had on a Corsair 450watt that was only $40 (with a rebate I think). They've got it now for $65 then $50 after a $15 MIR. I'm gonna build up a config for you to look at, just a min...

Ok, got it down to a subtotal of $366.94 and shipping (probably different for you) $31.31 for a total of 398.25. Here's the rundown:

Proc, e2180:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

Mobo, Gigabyte G31:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078

RAM, G.Skill 2x1gb DDR2 800mhz:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231098

Hard drive, WD 400GB:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136076

DVD-RW, Samsung:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

Case + PSU, Antec Sonata III:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024


Motherboard would be the only thing I would spend more on. The Sonata III is an excellent case, and has been reviewed here on TPU if you want to take a look at it. It has a 500watt Antec PSU and the case is very quiet, so it should be great for watching movies and surfing the web without having a whine in the background. Not to mention it looks fantastic and is a bargain for $100!
 
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Actually I am now considering going amd with the 2.3ghz tri-core cpu now.

edit: fatforester, that build looks pretty solid too.
 
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get a cheap HD2400 or HD2600 with UVD then it will have DVI HDMI out too ^__~
ya the DVI and HDMI are definitely a plus, looking at adding one of those to the list.
 
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Heres what I came up with, without shipping it comes to alomst exactly $400, you could substitute a lower 320gb drive and have $400 total with shipping

Intel Pentium E2220 2.4Ghz
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116070

Asus P5QL-EM G43
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131332

Kingston ValueRAM 2x1GB DDR2-800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134117

Asus Vento Case w/ 300W ps (should be plenty for this system)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811173029

Western Digital SE16 640gb Hard Disk
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136218

Samsung SATA DVD Burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151171
 

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PSUs that come with cases are generally crap, i'd stick with the Corsair or go with a cheaper model.
 

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Going AMD on this one :cool:
8450 $104- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254

Antec Sonata w/ Earthwatts 500w psu (On sale!) $99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

motherboard $74($54 w/MIR, Intergrated graphics) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813154016

ram $36 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161172

HDD $50 (on sale!) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145213

DVD drive $23 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263

total - about $390


In all honesty why not just go with a pre built? Dell sells some "ok" computers for around that price, some even come with a printer or something, plus warranty, If this was for gaming i could see why he would want to build it but just as an HTPC or something like that theirs other options
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biostar 740G $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138112
phenom 8450 $104.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254
2x1GB OCZ DDR800 $19.49 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227139
Hitatchi 320Gb HDD $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145213
samsung 20X DVD-RW $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151161
ePOWER 450w $19.99 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101503
Rosewill case $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147085

thats $344.44 before shipping and rebates so if he wanted he could get a TV tuner or more ram

oh and first person to complain about the PSU it is a name brand ePOWER is the retail brand of topower who makes damn good PSU's its basically a cheap FSP
 
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Going AMD on this one :cool:
8450 $104- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254

Antec Sonata w/ Earthwatts 500w psu (On sale!) $99 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129024

motherboard $74($54 w/MIR, Intergrated graphics) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813154016

ram $36 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161172

HDD $50 (on sale!) - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145213

DVD drive $23 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263

total - about $390


In all honesty why not just go with a pre built? Dell sells some "ok" computers for around that price, some even come with a printer or something, plus warranty, If this was for gaming i could see why he would want to build it but just as an HTPC or something like that theirs other options
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Nice AMD system on the cheap. In all honesty, however, since he knows how to build systems there is really no point to go with an OEM. i can see him doing that if was getting an office PC, but in any other case, including HTPC, building your own is the way go. He can build a much better system then a Dell can and its just fun to build your own. If he does go the OEM route, id recomend an HP instead of Dell, they really have gone downhill lately.
 
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biostar 740G $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138112
phenom 8450 $104.00
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254
2x1GB OCZ DDR800 $19.49 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227139
Hitatchi 320Gb HDD $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145213
samsung 20X DVD-RW $22.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151161
ePOWER 450w $19.99 AMIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817101503
Rosewill case $27.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147085

thats $344.44 before shipping and rebates so if he wanted he could get a TV tuner or more ram

oh and first person to complain about the PSU it is a name brand ePOWER is the retail brand of topower who makes damn good PSU's its basically a cheap FSP
Avoid budget biostar boards like that one if possible. I'm using one. It doesn't like USB keyboards and won't work with P/S2 mice. A USB port died the other day and the board is incredibly picky besides. I had to reset CMOS the other day and now it's slow.
 

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Avoid budget biostar boards like that one if possible. I'm using one. It doesn't like USB keyboards and won't work with P/S2 mice. A USB port died the other day and the board is incredibly picky besides. I had to reset CMOS the other day and now it's slow.
shadowfold has that exact board and hasn't had any issues with it even oc'ing but if you don't recommend it he can swap for this one i have it and i have no complaints took my phenom to 2.84ghz and clocks better than my MSI K9A2

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138105
 
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well this is what i got
DVD-burner
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106263
Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119106
HDD 160GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075
HD 2400PRO for definite good video qaulity
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161191
PSU 380watt, 80% certified
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371005
mushkin ram 2x1GB ddr2 800
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820146118
gigabyte G31 mobo
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078
intel celeron DC, it's a c2d processor architecture with very small cache, just as good as a c2d e2180
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116069
total with shipping( i live in west virginia) $392.52

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similar to what i proposed. Though no need for a vid card, mobo has onboard, if its not enough for him, he may upgrade later. That celly is only $7 less than 2180, but with that he'll be getting a larger cache so it worth it. Id get a larger HDD also, 250GB min.
 
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srry kdb, i only read some of the post to get an idea hwere the thread is haha, guess i missed urs. yea i only put in the HD 2400PRO cause he said movies, though your rite the better processor is more important, and gpu is only 33 bucks, who can't come up wiht that if htey need it
 

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Everything on this list is free shipping. Which for me is really important now adays with shipping prices. I couldn't find a cheap case with free shipping and was already cutting it close on price. This would look like a nice system in a Silverstone Sugo SG02B IMO. That's getting way over the price though.

ASUS M3A78 780G
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131324

OCZ SXS 500w / $20 MIR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817341012

AMD Phenom X3 8450
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103254

OCZ Plat DDR2 1066
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227178

Hitachi DS T7K500 320GB
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145129

LG DVD Burner SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136149
 

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#23
i still vote my rig all parts are proven and its the cheaest rig so far :p

Must only be their socket 478 boards. LOL!!
niostar sucked 2006 and back which is when that board was made no?
 
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#24
i still vote my rig all parts are proven and its the cheaest rig so far :p



niostar sucked 2006 and back which is when that board was made no?
I don't know. I bought this board a couple months ago. That was before I realized how CRAP celeron D is. It was brand new. I'll probably sell it to someone who has a p4 and needs a temp board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102755 2600XT IS 29.99 NOW :D

Sure as heck beats a 7300gt.
 

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#25
Here's one for $396.42 (after $80 MIR) I've been working on. You can watch movies and play Crysis on this sub $400 rig.

EDIT: NewEgg changed a rebate on my wish list.
 
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