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$250 1Gig AMD, second/office or folding system....

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RoadWarrior

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I was bored......

http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=GN-300
Genica 11-Bay ATX Case w/300W Power Supply - Great for P4! $25.25
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=MS-8817
MSI GeForce2 MX200 16MB AGP Video Card $24.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=TS-AKT4
Transcend Socket A 600-1.2GHz ATX Motherboard w/Sound $32.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=A1000AMT3B
AMD Athlon 1000MHz (200MHz FSB) Socket A CPU $32.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=MPF920-Z
Sony 1.44MB 3.5-inch Floppy Drive $8.95
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=A-983
10/100 PCI Network Card w/ADMtek Chipset $5.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=WD200BB-R
Western Digital 20GB UDMA/100 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive $57.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=16X64PC133-N
128MB (16x64) PC133 DIMM Memory $24.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=XM-6402B-R
Toshiba 32X IDE CD-ROM Drive $15.95
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$224.15

That leaves $25 to find a cheap heatsink and couple of cheap case fans locally, since compgeeks never seem to have any in stock these days.

Monitor and Keyboard etc extra of course, do what I do, get them from thrift stores at $5 a pop :D

Anyhoo, thought it was a nice example of how to throw a "good enough" second system together for cheap. Make of it what you will. It'll keep your little brother/sister, girlfriend, wife off your main rig and fold a few WU for the cause.

16Mb on the gfx is of course a bit tight as are some of the other specs, but I expect it will play some quite modern stuff at lower res'es quite well.


Road Warrior
 

overdoze

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Alrite RoadWarrier, I'm also bored so I will try to compete with you :)

everything from newegg

Enermax, FS-501BBS Case. Black with Silver highlights refurbish
$39.00
CYBERDRIVE 56X MAX EIDE INTERNAL CD- ROM DRIVE - RETAIL BOX.
$20.00
Thermal Integration's Dr. Thermal TI-V77L heatsink
$18.00
SONY 1.44MB 3.5 INCH INTERNAL FDD DRIVE
$8
WD WESTERN DIGITAL EIDE HARD DRIVE 20GB 7200RPM
$64.00
KINGSTON KVR266X64C25/128 128MB DDR PC2100 -OEM $39.00
Gigabyte VIA KM266 GA-7VKML ATX Motherboard, VGA on board
$58.00 refurbish
AMD Athlon 1600+/266 FSB XP
$52.99

shipping for the whole thing is $31

Total spend without KB Mouse and Monitor is $330 for a system OC to 1.733GHz typically that fold approximately 73% faster than yours and it does not cost 73% higher. If you build a Yatta monster than you can take CDrom, HD, floppy and case out from the total cost which will save you even more.
 
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RoadWarrior

RoadWarrior

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mmmkay .....
scratch mobo + cpu + RAM = 136.15
add...
Abit KG7RAID Socket A Motherboard w/ RAID & DDR Support $47.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=KG7RAID
AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (1.67GHz) 256KB 266MHz Socket A $86.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AX2000DMT3C
128MB PC-2100 Double Data Rate (DDR) 184-pin (16x64) RAM $41.00
http://www.compgeeks.com/details.asp?invtid=128DDR2100-N

=$310.15

Hmm close, no shipping or HSF though. Could be cheaper if you wanna chance a good stepping on an XP1500, 1700, or 1800.
I'll admit that Newegg rocks when they decide to start shipping to Canada. :D

Road Warrior

edit: Squinting at the "might be what you're getting" pictures their [email protected] $56 might be an agoga, the [email protected] $68 might be an AGKGA T, so you could prolly push the 1700 up to 1733 for $30 less, and my AGKGA XP1800 is at 1750 now, but it struggled up there with the help of an AX7.
 
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RoadWarrior

RoadWarrior

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Actually I think your premise is wrong there. Base cost CPU+RAM+Mobo=88 vs 150, the case+etc is a constant you have to take out.

88/150=~1.70 so within like 3% bang per buck wise for bare folding rigs.

Doh, but I forgot about graphics, 1mb PCI would do on a folder though, they breed in my junkbox :D

Road Warrior
 

Gnerma

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Bakersfield, CA - USA
Alright this is what I would build if I wanted just a folding box. Keep in mind I would want it upgradeable and LANparty able if someone didn't have their own box..

AMD Athlon 1600+ -- $53
Thermalright AX-7 -- $27
REFURBISHED: ABIT NV7-133R -- $56 (REFURBED but nice board)
KINGSTON 128MB DDR PC2100 -- $39 x 2 (dual channel baby)
WD WESTERN DIGITAL ATA/100 20GB 7200RPM -- $64
ATI OEM RADEON 7000 VE 32MB DDR -- $35
ENLIGHT 7251 mid-tower /w 300w PSU -- $53
TOSHIBA 16X DVD-ROM -- $46
2 80mm fans $ 2 rounded cables -- $25
-- No floppy --

$437 + shipping

LOL maybe this box is too powerful :)
 

cursor

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Seattle, WA USA
Here's my entry into this foray. I got all my prices from www.dealsonic.com. Shipping is not included:

ECS K7S5A SIS735S Socket A ATX Motherboard with Sound/Lan (DDR or SDRAM) $54.00

Codegen 4046-C10 ATX Mid Tower Case, Dual Front USB, 350W-P4 Power Supply, Charcoal Gray $32.00

Thermaltake A1138 Volcano 6 Cu+ Intel Socket 370 / AMD Athlon XP Socket 462 CPU Cooler $9.00

Cooler Master AF8-25IM-74 80x80x25 DC Case Fan $4.00
AMD Athlon XP 1700+ (1.47GHz) 266MHz FSB CPU Processor OEM Package $70.00

ATI 8MB Rage Mobility Pro Chipset 2x AGP Video Card w/ TV-Out OEM $14.00 (it's crap, but remember we're FOLDING here)

Samsung 1.44MB 3.5" Floppy Drive Black Bazel Face Plate OEM Drive Only $8.00

Mitsumi 54X Internal EIDE CD-Rom Drive Black Bezel OEM Drive Only $27.00

Staples has 256 mb pc133 for free after $30 rebate, and hard drive is WD Caviar WD200BB 20GB UA100 8.9ms 2MB 7200RPM, OEM Package $67.00

I have no idea what shipping is, but these parts total $285. The only thing I'm a bit dodgy about is the CPU--1600+ would be better. And everything's black to match the case!
 
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chrismacan

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Montreal, Quebec
how about this

ECS K7S5A -------> 100.00
AMD XP 1600+ --> 97.00
128 Meg PC 133 > 32.00
HD 30 gig 5400 -> 96.00
case w/ psu -----> 42.00
HSF ---------------> 21.00

TOTAL ------------> 388.00
TAX 15.025 % --> 58.30

GRAND TOTAL --> 446.30 This is CDN dollars.

exchange rate -> 285.31 USD

This is what I paid for my latest dedicated folder. System # 2 in my sig...

Just a little bit more than the previous post...

You could use the K7SEM-B which has on board video. Same price.
 
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Oblong_Cheese

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Those ECS K7S5A's aren't bad at all. I'm currently using one in my main system, they're not just cheap, but good performers as well. Admittedly, I'm using SDR memory at the moment (I'm cheap :p), but it's still a good performer for the price.
 

chrismacan

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Montreal, Quebec
RoadWarrior said:
Hey chris, those are not bad prices in Canadian, have you got a link to the store?

They are not online. Very small store that is searching for a larger location to open in. Currently only serving customers in the Montreal area not even in the Greater Montreal region.

This store is expecting to go online within 12 months.

The reason I know is that I am closely involved in trying to expand the operations of this store. I have a large financial interest in it.

So it is inappropriate for me to post any links to it.

There must be some other places that have similar prices. These can't be that great it is a standard markup over wholesale costs.

The prices I listed are retail, although they change almost weekly.
 
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RoadWarrior

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Yeah, they're not awesome but they're honest, I do know cheaper Canadian sites I think, but it's worth keeping an eye on several for the occasional bargains, so let us know in the Canadian online vendors thread that's stickied in ermmm, general hardware I think, when it gets online.

Your advantage of going online is that people like me not too far away in Ontario, find that shipping is cheaper than PST quite often, so the prices are a better deal then some local places.

I've had orders in from BC and Manitoba and saved between $20 and $60 dollars on them shipping included on what I would have paid in Ontario had I been able to walk into a store that had the same price tickets on things. So there's a market out there of 30 million Canucks who're getting frustrated with the customs and BS that goes with ordering from the US and want to order out of province inside Canada.

Road Warrior
 

chrismacan

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Thanks for the encouragement....

It is taking alot of effort and all the cash I have to get this baby off the ground. When this store does get online I will check with Skip to see if it is okay to post a link or such...