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Looking to build a computer for a friend for 200-300 dollars. He already has a spare case (Antec 300 for 40), cd drive (old computer has one, can i just take it out and use it?), 4 gig ddr3 1600 ram (for 10 from me) and power supply (350 w pc power and cooling for 30 dollars) so we decided to build one rather than buy a pre-built.

We're getting windows 7 student for 65,
probably the x4 830 from microcenter for 49.99

we still need a motherboard, hard drive, floppy disc drive, and i don't need a gpu as it will be for everyday use but if theres one for 20-50 bucks or if i get a nicer motherboard with good integrated graphics that would be great. i'd rather spend more money on a nice motherboard with igp and decent audio so that a gpu/audio wouldn't be needed.

looks like the x4 doesn't qualify for any of the motherboard discounts on microcenter though...is it worth getting a different/eligible cpu/mobo combo at microcenter or should i buy motherboard from another website? i also have a fry's
Edited by mylilpony - 11/1/11 at 1:20pm
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
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Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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post #2 of 22
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103943

With integrated 6550D
400SP Not bad.

I don't really think you need a floppy disc drive..?
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post #3 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mylilpony View Post
Looking to build a computer for a friend for 200-300 dollars. He already has a spare case (Antec 300 for 40), cd drive (old computer has one, can i just take it out and use it?), 4 gig ddr3 1600 ram (for 10 from me) and power supply (350 w pc power and cooling for 30 dollars) so we decided to build one rather than buy a pre-built.

We're getting windows 7 student for 65,
probably the x4 840 for 60 at microcenter,

we still need a motherboard, hard drive, floppy disc drive, and i don't need a gpu as it will be for everyday use but if theres one for 20-50 bucks or if i get a nicer motherboard with good integrated graphics that would be great. i'd rather spend more money on a nice motherboard with igp and decent audio so that a gpu/audio wouldn't be needed.

looks like the x4 doesn't qualify for any of the motherboard discounts on microcenter though...is it worth getting a different/eligible cpu/mobo combo at microcenter or should i buy motherboard from another website? i also have a fry's
So, do you have $200-$300 left for spending, or do the parts (and prices) you've already listed come out of that $200-$300 budget?
post #4 of 22
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Originally Posted by nitrogen521 View Post
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103943

With integrated 6550D
400SP Not bad.

I don't really think you need a floppy disc drive..?
the floppy disc drive is needed =) unfortunately. thats the other reason we decided to build one.

also the cpu is a bit too expensive unless it comes w/ a mobo that is steeply discounted...but thx for the suggestion +rep
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OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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post #5 of 22
This is a deneb core with 6mb l3 activated and its cheaper

http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0375737


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post #6 of 22
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So, do you have $200-$300 left for spending, or do the parts (and prices) you've already listed come out of that $200-$300 budget?
i guess around 200 for spending? i feel like i dont need more than a 500 or 750 gb hard drive , so the motherboard is my main concern. i am switching the cpu to an x4 830 as they are back in stock at 49.99 instead of the 840 at 59.99
First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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post #7 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by mylilpony View Post
i guess around 200 for spending? i feel like i dont need more than a 500 or 750 gb hard drive , so the motherboard is my main concern. i am switching the cpu to an x4 830 as they are back in stock at 49.99 instead of the 840 at 59.99
You'll need a cpu cooler. Grab one of these from amazon.com for the "used-open box" ones they are like 7$ shipped.


This motherboard: 880G chipset and $60 shipped http://www.Newegg.com/Product/Produc...tem=13-138-283

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Edited by LuckySe7ens - 11/1/11 at 1:34pm
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
OCZ Vertex 4 Samsung F3 1TB Samsung f3 1tb Samsung HD155UI 
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post #8 of 22
Too bad you weren't doing this last week. Asus announced they'll run out of HDDs in November, so they've all skyrocketed in price. 500GB for $80... ridiculous. I'll see what I can find for you.
post #9 of 22
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Too bad you weren't doing this last week. Asus announced they'll run out of HDDs in November, so they've all skyrocketed in price. 500GB for $80... ridiculous. I'll see what I can find for you.
how did i miss this news?! i look at ocn every day too...
First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 
i can buy hard drives at fry's for regular price still. if i want a 500 gb or 750 w/ 7200 rpm, any suggestions?

should i stockpile on hard drives?
First build
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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First build
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 750 ASUS P7P55D-E PRO Galaxy GTX 580 1.5GB Accelero Xtreme Plus Cooler G.SKILL Ripjaws 8GB F3 12800CL8D-8GBXM 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex2 Extended 120, Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB LITEON 24x Internal DVD/CD Writer Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung XL2370 LED Filco Ninja Majestouch 2 Brown Keys, IBM Model M XFX 750W Black Edition HAF 932 Black Edition 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Deathadder 3G, R.A.T 9, G400 Artisan Hayate, QCK Heavy, Artisen Hien Audio Technica AD700, Klipsch Image x10 
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