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This is for a side project business I will be doing at home. No graphics card needed, just running internet, email, quicken, office and stuff like that. Currently using an Athlon 750mhz. Heres what Im thinking...

C2D 4300
Mobo (so out of it, intel or nvidia?)
at least 1gb ram, 2gb if price is right
onboard graphics
onboard audio
200-250gb HD (thinking seagate 7200.10)
buy case at local shop unless I find a really good deal online.

Was almost thinking about trying to get one of those ultra 500w psus for free, but i dont want my system to blow up so I might step up to a $30-$40 psu for stability reasons.

Thanks for any help ahead of time, Im at work and my supervisor is kinda being a stickler today so not sure how often I will get to check this. Thats also why your helping me so much, not enough internet time to look on newegg and do the research of chipsets.
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post #2 of 28
Going as cheap as possible?

E4300 ($115)
MSI Neo-F ($85) / MSI G965M ($95)
1GB OCZ Gold-XTC ($60)
Why do you want onboard graphics? I say XFX 8600GT ($150)
250GB WD SATAII ($70)
Linkworld $25 case ($25)

Around $505 before shipping.

You could also just go with a VIA chipset MSI they come with onboard video dropping like $150 and the +$10 you spend on the board with graphics. It would come to around $365 before shipping.
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post #3 of 28
Are you going to game? use Vista with Aero? or any other graphic intensive game... then get a dedicated GPU.

Other than that, wouldn't 2x1GB of average memory be better than 1gig of good memory (i'm assuming that the one you suggested is OC'ing quality)? unless sepheroth003 has plans for upgrading in the future...
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post #4 of 28
I use 1GB. I game. And he's just wanting Office/Internet/Browsing.
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post #5 of 28
right. sorry. then why the 8600GT?? wouldn't a x1300 or a 7300 be enough in that case? should handle anything except newer games.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231098

cheap RAM anyone I got these they are OK
    
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Hard drives are cheap and 2 x 512 RAM is even cheaper if you dont play games video card 8600 is cool but dont really need it get 7600 or ATI card similar which do you perfer?
    
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post #8 of 28
Throwing a wrench in here...

I'd get an AM2 machine.

Total: $390.95 + $12.03 shipping = $402.98

Even an 7600GT would be overkill... this X1550 would do fine.

Case suggestion:
Rosewill R6422-P BK Black SGCC Steel ATX Mid Tower $20.99 + $4.99 shipping = $25.98

The Intel CPU would add $45 to this rig... assuming you find a decent motherboard for the same price as the Biostar. In either case, I would get the 2GB Corsair DDR2 675. No need for DDR2 800 with either the AMD X2 3600+ or the E4300. And $75 is a good price.
    
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post #9 of 28
CPU: E4300
Mobo: Abit P965
Ram: 1gig G.Skill
Video Card: ATI x1550Pro
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 430W - I'm not too good with PSUs, I have used one of these though.
Hard drive: 80gb IDE hard drive
Optical: CD-RW/DVD

Other stuff you need:
case - up to you if you want a leet looking PC or something office-norm-like
mouse/keyboard/monitor- duh

Subtotal (without "other stuff"): $406.44 ($365 after rebates)
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trendy View Post
CPU: E4300
Mobo: Abit P965
Ram: 1gig G.Skill
Video Card: ATI x1550Pro
PSU: Thermaltake TR2 430W - I'm not too good with PSUs, I have used one of these though.
Hard drive: 80gb IDE hard drive
Optical: CD-RW/DVD

Other stuff you need:
case - up to you if you want a leet looking PC or something office-norm-like
mouse/keyboard/monitor- duh

Subtotal (without "other stuff"): $406.44 ($365 after rebates)
No video? Either pick a different motherboard or add a video card to the price total.

Edit: Nevermind, I see you added video =P
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