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Miknow

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Without monitor.....what comp would you build with $500 Im asking this cause I need to build one on for someone and hes on a budget cheaper would be better but I suggested around $500. I dont need a hardcore PC or overclocking one. Just everyday simple tasks like surf,little gaming, homework etc etc

Any suggestions will be appreciated!
 

The Revelation

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For budget, go AMD

AMD Athlon 1600+ XP Processor OEM - $52.99
Gigabyte GA-7VKML - $ 68.00
CORSAIR 256MB PC2100 VALUE SELECT - $94.00
WD 20GB 7200RPM - $64.00
MITSUMI D359M3 FDD - $9.00
TOSHIBA CD-RW/DVD-ROM -COMBO - $86.00
CREATIVE LABS SOUND BLASTER LIVE! 5.1 - $33.95
MSI MX400D-T32 GeForce2 MX400 DDR 32MB - $49.00
Fong Kai Mid Tower ATX FK-668B with 300W - $39.00

Comes out to 450$ + change at newegg.com
 

Ben721

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The best cheapest way at newegg is the K7S5A mobo, with the 1600+. This way you can get a cpu and mobo for around $100 shipped.
 

Captain Slug

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Ben721 said:
The best cheapest way at newegg is the K7S5A mobo, with the 1600+. This way you can get a cpu and mobo for around $100 shipped.
The problem there being you'll also need a video card to go with the board.

k7s5a ($53) + decent video card ($40) = $93
I chose the Asus A7n266-VM (onboard Geforce 2) and a PCI sound card.
The a7n266-vm has stability issues with it's onboard sound in win98SE. If he plans to go right to WinXP (which I wouldn't) than he can ditch the PCI sound card and save another $15.
 
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Miknow

Miknow

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Captain Slug said:

The problem there being you'll also need a video card to go with the board.

k7s5a ($53) + decent video card ($40) = $93
I chose the Asus A7n266-VM (onboard Geforce 2) and a PCI sound card.
The a7n266-vm has stability issues with it's onboard sound in win98SE. If he plans to go right to WinXP (which I wouldn't) than he can ditch the PCI sound card and save another $15.

is the onboard geforce 2 decent like for watching dvds im was leaning toward the a7n266-vm but when he mentioned the onboard sound.....I am planning to use win xp is there conflicts with this mobo
 

Captain Slug

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Miknow said:
is the onboard geforce 2 decent like for watching dvds im was leaning toward the a7n266-vm but when he mentioned the onboard sound.....I am planning to use win xp is there conflicts with this mobo

The only win98 troubles I've had were dodgy sound stability in one or two games. And the win98/ME drivers woudln't work with the 4.1 speaker set I'm using. It worked fine in stereo though.

The WinXP drivers have no such problems. The onboard Geforce2 is more than enough for playing DVDs and is fast enough to play all the games currently available. The onboard graphics are passively cooled, making the graphics completely silent.