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Yeah.

My sister wants a computer. She says try to stay under $400. She wants it for music, her camera, her Ipod, yada yada, and homework and such. She isn't computer stupid, and the only "requirement" she said was that she wanted dual core.

I know almost anything over $20 can do the above, just want to know what would last her the longest for what she wants to do; so mostly just looking for bang for the buck and staying away from "generics."

Also, I'm not set on Intel; its just that the 805/915 seems pretty promising at this price. Although a Biostar TForce 550 + AM2 X2 3800+ wouldn't be bad either.

So. Suggestions?

I'm thinking a random mATX board w/int. video + Pentium D 915 + 512MB DDR2 800 ; 160GB HD ; Hipper 480W PSU - or if I'm gunna go AMD, a Biostar TForce550 + AMD X2 3800+ ; 512MB DDR2-800 ; 160GB HD ; Hipper 480W PSU.
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post #2 of 62
This would even be a good gaming rig.

3700+ San Diego http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103622

Asus a8r-mvp http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16813131584R

His x1800gto http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814161012R

Antec Smartpower 500w http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817103937

Apex case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811154017

Roughly $430 before shipping, You could adjust it a bit

Edit:
If you got thix x850xt instead it would be roughly $364 before shipping

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...2E16814102505R
    
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She doesn't game.
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post #4 of 62
Even my sister plays some of the flash games and other online stuff,

You could at least get her a x850xt, you would be around $364 before shipping.
    
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I would definitely say to go for Pentium Dual Core. You can get a Pentium D805 for £80 from Overclockers.co.uk, and some people have overclocked that thing to 4GHz on air... it's an amazing overclocker

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...Dual_Core.html

Even though this is no use to you, being in America.. you can still check out the article about 4GHz overclock!
    
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Even my sister plays some of the flash games and other online stuff,

You could at least get her a x850xt, you would be around $364 before shipping.

Still wouldn't have an HD.

Or case. Or RAM.

And she doesn't game. She doesn't OWN a game. She goes to myspace, edits pics in photoshop (read: apply filters, save, exit), messes with her camera, listens to music, and thats about it.
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Opps, forgot rams, but you can get some DDR's reaaaally cheap

You can get a HD cheap too

I put an apex case in there.
    
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I would definitely say to go for Pentium Dual Core. You can get a Pentium D805 for £80 from Overclockers.co.uk, and some people have overclocked that thing to 4GHz on air... it's an amazing overclocker

http://www.overclockers.co.uk/acatal...Dual_Core.html

Even though this is no use to you, being in America.. you can still check out the article about 4GHz overclock!
Probably gunna OC it on stock volts, but nothing past that. Sticking with the stock cooler, unless its too hot, which I have a feeling it might.
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Originally Posted by Mister Crowley
Opps, forgot rams, but you can get some DDR's reaaaally cheap

You can get a HD cheap too

I put an apex case in there.
She wants this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811180044

HDD = cheapest on newegg, is $40, which is only 40GB. Something any decent of size is ~$45/$50 for 80GB, and for RAM, its about $50 for 512MB of DDR400.

As I said; over budget.
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post #10 of 62
Here's what I'd do.

X2 3800+
1GB cheap ram
80gb sata hard drive
My motherboard (cheap, has integrated video, and overclocks like a pro)
Spend about $40 on a PSU
decent case of preference
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