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So my father needs a new computer. His is approx. 10 years old and it's time to upgrade. Budget of ~$150 before tax. I already have a case from an old build that I can use. It is a mATX case, so I will need an mATX mobo. Need at least dual-core and 2gb ram to run Windows 7 (which I have, so do not factor that into the price).

So I need:
cpu (dual core)
matx board
dvd+-rw
hdd (at least 150 gb)
psu
ram (at least 2 gb)

I have configured one using newegg, but want to see what other people can conjure up. A little over the $150 budget is ok.
    
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Wow. This should be fun... does it have to be AMD?
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Wow. This should be fun... does it have to be AMD?
No, but I'd rather a real AMD processor than an Intel Celeron. Though I know the core 2 duo has dropped in price. Whatever gets the job done.
    
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My first attempt. Way over the limit. I was thinking about doing a built-in cpu and mobo like the intel Atom, but kinda thought that would be cheating...

The hard drive has an 8mb cache
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My first attempt. Way over the limit. I was thinking about doing a built-in cpu and mobo like the intel Atom, but kinda thought that would be cheating...

The hard drive has an 8mb cache
Switching the cpu for this one knocks off a few bucks, and the power supply is wayyyy to powerful. I could get a 350watt coolmax for like $15.
    
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I like where this is heading though. I need more ideas! I want best bang for buck
    
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I would just borrow a dvd drive off your computer to install all the software and os to save some money.
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Quote:
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Switching the cpu for this one knocks off a few bucks, and the power supply is wayyyy to powerful. I could get a 350watt coolmax for like $15.
Ahh, but that processor is OEM, meaning that you won't get a heatsink with it. Meaning you'd have to buy one seperately therefore spending more money. Unless you can take a hsf from an old build...

And with the PSU, even though this wouldn't be a high draw system, I wouldn't really trust any super cheap power supply. The reason i chose the one i did is because it's active PFC, at least a small indication of quality.
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post #9 of 25
CPU can be unlocked to II X2
MB
DVD
RAM
HDD
PSU

Subtotal: $194.94

That's the best I could do ._.
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post #10 of 25
i3 2100+mobo $120
http://www.microcenter.com/specials/...OMPUTER_PARTS&

cheap ram $22
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0307438

cheap drive $20
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0321889

cheap HDD 400GB $35
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0356929

cheap PSU $15
http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0349702

So that's $212 b4 tax
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