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post #11 of 25
have you tried craigslist or kijiji or something along those lines ? Sure its second hand but you might get more for the $$
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post #12 of 25
I highly suggest the extra money for this
    
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post #13 of 25
Athlon II x2 250 + Biostar A880G+ - $100 shipped
Seagate 7200.8 400GB recert - $23 + $7 shipping
- $25 shipped [Amazon]
- $11 shipped [Amazon]
Newegg $10 new customer code - $10 off

$156 shipped
Decent, dual core with 880G full HD acceleration graphics and 2GB of dual channel DDR3 memory. And a nice 400GB HDD space.

You may notice I have not included a DVD drive into this recommendation, this may actually be unnecessary; if you were looking to only use it to install Windows 7, do so from a USB flash drive (google search it to know how it works), if you do have a spare 4GB one. If you were actually going to play DVDs, you may be able to do that over the network from another computer's DVD drive, if the new computer will be connected to a home network. If basic CD playback is required, I'm sure the old computer at least has a CD-ROM. Perhaps even borrow a DVD-ROM from another comp. Or get one free on The Swap Meet (see sig). If you need a 4GB USB flash drive, it will run you way less than a DVD drive (LINK)
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post #14 of 25
Go used. The only way. I assume you are downloading your OS or already have a "spare" copy somewhere b/c windows alone costs that much.

Anyway, if you troll Craigslist you can find great deals. A couple years ago I saw someone sell an Athlon 64 x2, 2GB DDR2, 80GB, DVDRW, case, psu, 6800 Ultra, and 19" LCD for $150.
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post #15 of 25
Well building a budget PC with very, very good price-performance is definitely not impossible. For $115 from the ground up I built this PC:
  • AMD Athlon II x2 245 [$25] + stock cooler
  • ASUS M2N-E [$5 - NCIX warehouse sale]
  • 2x1GB OCZ DDR2 [$20 - Craigslist]
  • PNY nVidia GeForce 8500GT [reused, free]
  • WD Green 2TB hard drive for storage [$40 - NCIX warehouse sale - recertified] + WD 80GB hard drive for OS [reused, free]
  • Antec 300 - [$10 AR - NCIX, in-store price-match]
  • Antec EA380D PSU [$15 - NCIX warehouse sale]
This PC serves my HTPC right now. Of course it took a lot of scouring and a lot of good deals for this to be possible for me. Many of the parts are used. Brand new, these items would run over $300.

My advice, since you are unlikely to find the same deals I have found: split up the load. If you can get some less relevant items on Craigslist (i.e. CPU, maybe RAM) while spending more on certain others in-store (i.e. a more reliable PSU), you can get a great deal.
post #16 of 25
Single digit $ for a mobo. Crazy.
    
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post #17 of 25
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Originally Posted by Domenic71 View Post
Single digit $ for a mobo. Crazy.
NCIX apparently considered it old not too useful, and threw it in the $5 bin. Reality: these things can run AM3 chips on a beta BIOS
It's nothing awfully special actually, it's a 3-phase VRM basic AM2 board that can run these dual core chips fine; there's no IGP.

Something similar could perhaps be found on Craigslist.... even eBay perhaps.
post #18 of 25
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Originally Posted by Domenic71 View Post
Single digit $ for a mobo. Crazy.
No that isn't crazy.
My Back up rig only cost me $4.00.
I love free parts.
http://www.overclock.net/system.php?i=77038
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post #19 of 25
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Originally Posted by dixson01974 View Post
No that isn't crazy.
My Back up rig only cost me $4.00.
I love free parts.
http://www.overclock.net/system.php?i=77038
I think you're forgetting to mention you already had most of those spare parts when you built that rig
I had to build mostly from the ground up
post #20 of 25
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Thanks for the replies guys. My dad wants me to order tomorrow to get the system up and running ASAP. I know a DVD drive isn't used that much these days, but he would actually use it a lot, because for his work he gets a lot of CD's mailed to him from other people, so that is a must. The only parts I have that I can reuse is a 8500GT and the case. Unfortunately, he wants only new parts. I know I could probably sneak in some used ones, but he likes to keep receipts o_O

Anyway, thank you all very much for the suggestions. I will continue configuring and hopefully churn out a final order tonight !
    
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