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post #1 of 7
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Hello all. This is the return of SlowFriend. I have a few select parts to work with and I just need a few more to build a low budget Intel system for OLD games like Stronghold and for typing, website building, music, etc.

Here is what I have so far:
x1 256mb DDR 333 Ram
x2 256mb DDR2 400
x1 Power Supply (235watt)
x1 Monitor
x1 Set of speakers
x1 Keyboard
x1 Mouse

It also needs to be open for a Pentium 4 or D and graphics upgrade in the future. Celeron would suffice in the immediate future. Extreme overclocking is not really a big thing with me. So can anyone help?
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post #2 of 7
Not the lowest budget you can get, but quality parts, and I stayed away from onboard video. I will post back with ultra low budget.
  • MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL $79.99
  • CPU: Intel Celeron D 326 Prescott 2.53GHz LGA 775 $45.00
  • Video: BIOSTAR V6202TL16 Geforce 6200TC 128MB GDDR2 $37.99
  • HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLA380 (0A30356) 80GB $42.99
  • DVD/CD: SAMSUNG Combo Drive Black IDE $22.39
  • Case: POWMAX CAG101-KKN Black All metal construction (SGCC) ATX Mid Tower $16.99
Total: $245.35

To make it cheaper, replace the motherboard with this one:
GIGABYTE GA-8I945GZME-RH Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945GZ Micro ATX $66.99
And drop the video card.
    
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
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post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Not the lowest budget you can get, but quality parts, and I stayed away from onboard video. I will post back with ultra low budget.
  • MoBo: GIGABYTE GA-8I945PL-G Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945PL $79.99
  • CPU: Intel Celeron D 326 Prescott 2.53GHz LGA 775 $45.00
  • Video: BIOSTAR V6202TL16 Geforce 6200TC 128MB GDDR2 $37.99
  • HDD: HITACHI Deskstar 7K80 HDS728080PLA380 (0A30356) 80GB $42.99
  • DVD/CD: SAMSUNG Combo Drive Black IDE $22.39
  • Case: POWMAX CAG101-KKN Black All metal construction (SGCC) ATX Mid Tower $16.99
Total: $245.35

To make it cheaper, replace the motherboard with this one:
GIGABYTE GA-8I945GZME-RH Socket T (LGA 775) Intel 945GZ Micro ATX $66.99
And drop the video card.
This sounds great. I just remembered I had a Western Digital Caviar Se 80Gb HDD. That'll save me some cash. With my wimpy Power Supply though, I will HAVE to use onboard video. Sadly...

Also, there is a liquidation sale tomorrow where I live. Computers for $99. I may be able to save $$$ by buying one of those.
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post #4 of 7
Those $99 rigs might be OLD... if there is anythign good though, yuo never know.

So, is $250 within budget? If so, and you have the HDD, I'd go for a new PSU.
this is a quality 400W unit for $41.50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chozart
Those $99 rigs might be OLD... if there is anythign good though, yuo never know.

So, is $250 within budget? If so, and you have the HDD, I'd go for a new PSU.
this is a quality 400W unit for $41.50: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817104953
Well, I went and they were completely sold out of the $99 PC's. My sister has an older HP 304w that I can prolly buy from her for $200. It has and Athlon XP 1800+, 128mb of Ram, 40Gb HDD, and a crappy mobo...I could get a video card, and some ram for around $50. It would be good for what I need it for. With the parts I have it might just be cheaper to get an OS, Mobo, and CPU...

The biggest thing I am worried about, is my HDD not working. My niece spit juice on it, but I don't THINK it got in it, just around the outside. I am in an awkward situation. Even if it does work, I have been looking on Newegg for cheap mobos and all of the have several bad reviews. It scares me into Paranoia (<spelling?). I currently have no money, but I plan on making around $200 at a garage sale next weekend. If I could combine it with the M.O.s I have from selling stuff online, then I could be at about $250. Given my situation, what EXACTLY can I do? Either way I need an OS thats gonna cost $90 (WinXP Home). That leaves me with a mobo, CPU, Case, PSU, and possibly HDD to get for about $150.
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x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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post #6 of 7
Welll this is what I can figure out:
Total: $159.11

Took a look on the AMD side of things:Total: $146.10

Yet another option:Total: $135.48
    
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E8400 @ 3.8 GHz DFI LANPARTY DK X38-T2R eVGA 8400GS 2GB Mushkin DDR2 800 (single stick) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
N/A Corsair HX520 Coolermaster Cavalier N/A 
Mouse Pad
N/A 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
250GB WD SATA None Windows XP Pro 32-bit HP Pavilion f1703 
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post #7 of 7
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These look good. I just can't decide. I may just get a new monitor, keyboard, and a game for the 360. Who knows. Thanks for your help.
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x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
Mouse Pad
My Desk 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
x2 500Gb RAID 0 Samsung 18x DVD+R Burner Windows Vista Ultimate 37" LCD 8ms 1080i (w/built-in HD-Tuner) 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Saitek Eclipse 1000watt BFG Tech. Custom Yo. Logitech G5 Laser 
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