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My dad's computer just died which was a Dell Optiplex SX270. So he asked me to build him a new one for really cheap. But I haven't been paying attention lately to what's the best bang for your buck right now so I need help deciding which parts to buy.

Parts he already has:
2.5in 80GB IDE HDD
Keyboard
Mouse
Monitor
Speakers

Just really need the tower without a HDD. Thanks guys in advance.
Edited by BiCKiN - 2/27/12 at 12:42pm
post #2 of 14
where do you want to purchase the parts from?
post #3 of 14
well if you're in the UK look at this site, regardless you should probably look at barebone systems that sites offer; for example this has the processor, RAM, etc but no HDD or disk drives, you'd need to supply that yourself and they usually require SATA, as well the things you're looking at are quite old. This would be above and beyond what your dad needs.


Well sorry i couldn't find anything american but hopefully you know what's what, i looked for american barebone systems and they just show me servers... so yeah...
http://www.cclonline.com/product/73982/NoMfgCode/Barebone-Systems/CCL-Alpha-Champion-III-Barebone/MBC-AMD-ENT2/
    
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post #4 of 14
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Domeaphilia View Post

I have an Optiplex 260 laying around that still works perfectly fine. If you'd like to purchase it.

No thanks. I don't want him to have another slow ass computer lol
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Originally Posted by LilScrappyD View Post

where do you want to purchase the parts from?

Newegg, Amazon, Tigerdirect, Frys, Microcenter.
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Celeron G530's are cheap, they're only £30 in the UK, 'bout 50 USD. Couple one of those with a low end H61 board and you'll have a powerful dual core system. BTW, any computer that runs off an IDE HDD is going to be 'slow ass', it's unfortunate that HDD's are so expensive at the moment.
 
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post #7 of 14
Grab an AMD E-350 APU build.....

Samsung 22x DVDRW - $16
Rosewill Mini ITX Tower / 250w PSU Combo - $55
Team Elite 8GB DDR3 Kit - $34
Asus AMD E-350 Mini ITX board / CPU / VGA Combo - $115
Crucial M4 64GB SSD - $95

Total = $321.71 Shipped

You can obviously shave off $95 by taking the SSD out of the build. But honestly, if you want your dad to be extra, EXTRA happy with the speed of the new system, the SSD is definitely the way to go. You won't get any cheaper than this without sacrificing quality. And this is an absolutely EXCELLENT low power build that'll be plenty snappy for everyday tasks.

EDIT:
I see you're in California, so either deal with the tax from newegg, or search around on Amazon for the same parts. The Rosewill case will HAVE to be bought from newegg though, as Rosewill is a newegg brand. Although honestly, tax on $300 will only be about $30 anyway.
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post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by truckerguy View Post

new Egg has a combo deal for 253

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103955

Don't get that combo -- they're offering one 4GB stick of RAM, instead of 2x2GB. Stupid move on Newegg's part.

The price point is about right for low-end builds, though. I just built a system for my parents, and the total came to $250 (same APU, other parts different, they needed a DVD-RW instead of an HDD).

This adapter looks like it will allow you to use an IDE hard drive with a SATA-only motherboard.
    
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post #9 of 14
How cheap?
I have a Mobo, CPU, RAM and video card for sale that would do what you ask for about $100 shipped, but it is older tech (but again, will do what you say he needs).
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post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by pioneerisloud View Post

Grab an AMD E-350 APU build.....
Samsung 22x DVDRW - $16
Rosewill Mini ITX Tower / 250w PSU Combo - $55
Team Elite 8GB DDR3 Kit - $34
Asus AMD E-350 Mini ITX board / CPU / VGA Combo - $115
Crucial M4 64GB SSD - $95
Total = $321.71 Shipped
You can obviously shave off $95 by taking the SSD out of the build. But honestly, if you want your dad to be extra, EXTRA happy with the speed of the new system, the SSD is definitely the way to go. You won't get any cheaper than this without sacrificing quality. And this is an absolutely EXCELLENT low power build that'll be plenty snappy for everyday tasks.
EDIT:
I see you're in California, so either deal with the tax from newegg, or search around on Amazon for the same parts. The Rosewill case will HAVE to be bought from newegg though, as Rosewill is a newegg brand. Although honestly, tax on $300 will only be about $30 anyway.

64gb is kinda slim size though?
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