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Jorlain

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Jan 29, 2008
Putting together a budget build for my mother as a (although somewhat late) Christmas gift. The computer will mostly be used for browsing, email, burning cd/dvds, (I omitted a DVD-RW since I have a few laying around) and light MS Office work. She'll be doing a small amount of gaming, but nothing that warrants a dedicated graphics card (mostly hunting/fishing/casino games that don't require much at all).

Just thought I'd run this past you guys to make sure I'm not spending money needlessly (as in, you know of a better deal for something). Being as this is a budget build, I'd like to keep it cheap as possible, but I'd like to at least get her a dual core. She's running an old P4 on a 468 I believe currently. OS isn't an issue - I've got plenty of licenses for XP and later that I haven't used yet.


Case - Rosewill Wind Knight Case - $49.99 + Free Shipping

Motherboard - ASROCK AM3 - $79.99 + Free Shipping

CPU - Athlon II 240 Regor - $58.00 + Free Shipping

RAM - G.SKILL 2x1GB 1333Mhz - $53.99

HDD - WD 250GB Blue - $47.99 + Free Shipping

PSU - Corsair 400CX - $49.99 + Free Shipping

Subtotal - $339.95
Shipping - $5.99
Total - $345.94

Not too shabby for a dual-core system. I had considered going the LGA 775 route with an E5200, but I'm not a big fan of EOL products. I figure with at least going AM3, there's a possibility for upgrades down the road should it be required, which is why I also selected that motherboard since it's one of the cheaper boards with 4 DIMM banks. (And the HD 4200 video)

Thoughts, opinions, critiques?

Thanks guys!
 

PhaseZero

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I'd say your setup is about as good as you can get on newegg. Only way you could get a better is if you had a frys near you. They seem to always have smoking deals on the cheap cpu setups assuming the mobo works for you. I was going to say maybe get the samsung 500gig f3 for 54 bucks but it's oos. Fast drive and double the space for a few bucks more.
 
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Jorlain

Jorlain

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Unfortunately, there's not much around me unless I wanted to drive down to Minneapolis. About the only thing we have here in town is a Best Buy, so options are pretty much limited to the internet if I want any type of decent deal.

But thanks for checking it over!
 

Neuromancer

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If you intend to get a discrete GPU down the line you might want to a go a little higher on the PSU

Other than that it looks great :)
 

Mr.DLucey

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Jorlain

Jorlain

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The case is pretty much unusable. It has zero cooling capabilities and would be very hard pressed to fit much inside of it.

While that ASRock motherboard looks like a decent board, unfortunately it doesn't include onboard video, and I'd be pretty hard pressed to find a graphics card for $20.

The hard drive could be an option, though I'm thinking the extra 8MB of cache might be worth $9 on the WD Blue.

As far as the RAM goes, it is cheaper. But I would think that doubling the bandwidth of the memory would be worth the small amount of price increase.

But thanks for your input!
 
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Jorlain

Jorlain

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If you intend to get a discrete GPU down the line you might want to a go a little higher on the PSU

Other than that it looks great :)

She'll never need anything heavy-duty. A 4650 or a 220 would be more power than what she'd ever need (probably), and a 400-watt would run that fine. In all honesty that 4200 onboard is more than likely already worlds ahead of the PCI Geforce 6200LE that I have in her current PC.

But thanks for your input! :)