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My parents have been wanting a new PC for a while now and the 10 year old Compaq computer that they've been using finally crapped out on them. All they do is surf news websites and play Solitaire. What would the CHEAPEST build be?

I would need:

-Mobo/CPU/CPU cooler
-Case
-RAM
-Hard Drive

I have a Dell PSU that I pulled out of a Dell Dimension 5150. Would I be able to use that to power the PC? I am not at home currently so I am not able to check it out.

They already have a monitor, keyboard, mouse, and Windows 7 disc so they wouldn't need that stuff.
Edited by Smallville - 8/1/11 at 11:38pm
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I HIGHLY doubt a 10 year old PSU will even have the plugs to power your HDD or anything SATA..

If I were you, and your going this cheap, invest in like a 430w PSU while your at it just to be safe.
 
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Now they'd be cutting it close....I think best bang for buck would be searching the For Sale thread here and piecing it together.I believe most people here take care of their components really well.
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For $200? I assume you'll provide the monitor, keyboard, mouse, and OS.

Apex w/ 250w PSU (Yes, before I get flamed, understand that this PSU will literally be doing nothing most of it's life, it will be handling a very low load).

Zotac GF6100-E-E
(Amazing price for a mITX capable of handling a Sempron).

Western Digital Blue (Simple, roomy and quiet).

G.Skill 2x1Gb DDR2-800 (Nothing too special, should be enough for simple programs).

AMD Sempron 130 (AM3 CPU within the 65w TDP limit of said motherboard).

Total comes to $200~. My 2c. Something along those lines would be fine. This is a pretty tight budget
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post #5 of 13
Don't use that 10 year old PSU, here's a build I came up for $237.94, if you can up your budget to around $250 to $275 I can make you a list with faster, higher quality parts.

AMD Athlon II X2 260 + BIOSTAR A880G+ - $105
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR 1333 CL9 - $27
WD Caviar Blue 500GB - $40
Antec Basiq BP350 350W - $30
NZXT GAMMA - $36

Total: $237.94

Dual core running at 3.2Ghz, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive, and a nice case for $238, can't beat that, especially if you overclock the CPU. Also has decent integrated graphics with a good amount of overclocking headroom. If you can spend another $14 get the Antec Earthwatts EA-430D, it's a high quality power supply; you never wanna skimp on a PSU.
Edited by Ecstacy - 8/1/11 at 11:33pm
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Don't use that 10 year old PSU, here's a build I came up for $237.94, if you can up your budget to around $250 to $275 I can make you a list with faster, higher quality parts.

AMD Athlon II X2 260 + BIOSTAR A880G+ - $105
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR 1333 CL9 - $27
WD Caviar Blue 500GB - $40
Antec Basiq BP350 350W - $30
NZXT GAMMA - $36

Total: $237.94

Dual core running at 3.2Ghz, 4GB memory, 500GB hard drive, and a nice case for $238, can't beat that, especially if you overclock the CPU. Also has decent integrated graphics with a good amount of overclocking headroom. If you can spend another $14 get the Antec Earthwatts EA-430D, it's a high quality power supply; you never wanna skimp on a PSU.
This build looks pretty good! Ill scout around the FS section for some cheaper gear. I'll rep all of you as soon as I get back on my computer.
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I vote you hop on craigslist. You can find soooooo many decent pc's for under 200$.

I bought a Compaq with a Athlon X2 215 ( I overclocked it to 3.1), 500g HD, 3gig of ram, windows 7, dvdr-w lightscribe, came with a 20" widescreen Viewsonic monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse for 175. Oh and it has a 480w psu and a GT430 videocard...I see AMD quad systems for 200-225$ OBO all the time. Just wipe the system do a fresh install with your parents windows 7 disk and you are golden.

But thats just me. I built my entire rig from craigslist parts, minus the cpu cooler, and fan controller. I have 700$ in my pc, including both monitors, my 90$ keyboard, and my 90$ mouse.

Goodluck.

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This build looks pretty good! Ill scout around the FS section for some cheaper gear. I'll rep all of you as soon as I get back on my computer.
It comes out to $251.94 with the Antec Earthwatts EA-430D. I'd leave it at stock, then when they want it to be faster you can overclock it to about 3.6 using the stock cooler at default voltage. Also the integrated graphics are clocked at 560 Mhz; I built my uncle a computer with a Gigabyte 880G motherboard and set it to 700 Mhz at default voltage and it was perfectly stable, I didn't try going any higher but I'm sure you could. I hear it's overclockable to 900 to 1000 Mhz just I'd keep an eye on temps.
Edited by Ecstacy - 8/1/11 at 11:52pm
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That Dell PSU is not fit for use in a modern computer, and may not be compatible period.
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Are you ready for some uber seriousz cost cutting!!!?!?!1?
CPU/board - Biostar GF6150 board with Sempron 130 installed already - $60 shipped for both (NOTE - NO HD 1080p accelerated playback)
Heatsink - $5 Craigslist AMD stock heatsink (I happened to be in San Diego myself lately; needed a HS and was looking at this ad, but couldn't get to it before I left)
RAM - 2x2GB generic Team ELITE memory - $26 shipped (if you're not getting the cheapest possible memory kit if purchasing generic, you lose - spend a cent higher on memory with same performance and it is not worth it, and I will redirect you to a DDR3-1600 kit)
Case/PSU - Pixxo slim mATX red case + PSU - $31 + ~$11 shipping (for builds like these I ALWAYS recommend small form factor)
HDD: Get one of these, or use the old HDD!
NEWCUSTOMER10 code on Newegg (for new accounts) - $10 off
Total cost: Anywhere between $140-$158 depending on which of the above HDDs you choose!

Also, if you happen to be going to Orange County/can make the drive there... Microcenter deal
In case you need/want a new hDD, get the

- $40 shipped [Amazon] - it's the same price as everything else, and you get more space
Edited by xd_1771 - 8/2/11 at 2:05am
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