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Ok, so a friend of mine's sister has this old PC that was a Dell(or some pre-built system). It has an old duron 1.2ghz, 256mb ram, ob video and only 2 PCI slots for expansion. She likes to play some games(she's not hardcore), and up until now, she's been fine with it.

But, they recently got Roller Coaster Tycoon 3 and the OB video doesn't cut it for that game. So she wants to get a new(ish) system.

The problem is, she doesn't have much money(she's only 9 lol). Her brother(my friend) is gonna pitch in but they still only have a budget of like $150 CAD.

Now they can use some parts from the old system; PSU, HDD, Case and peripherals. Basically, CPU+Mobo, Ram and even a low end video card(Geforce mx4000 would probably do)is all they need.

What do you guys suggest? I was thinking maybe pick up second hand(perhaps even off these forums) stuff as to me it seems that it might be the only way to keep under their budget...
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well i think instead of upgrading the cpu on the board, it would be cheaper to buy and cpu and mobo combo, a mobo with onboard video, im sure a geforce 6100 onboard can cut it for any game they will play. but along with that you need a psu and more memory. this is prbably the best because it prepares them more for the future instead of just beefing up old stuff
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post #3 of 23
but if you really want to just beef it up, you could upgrade the cpu, add little memory, and get a graphics card, that would cut it for what you're trying to do




can you buy from new egg?

i dont' really know what CAD translates in to US$$$
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Originally Posted by this n00b again View Post
can you buy from new egg?
He's in Canada... so that's a negative.


Is there a Craigslist.org for your area?
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Yeah there is in a city about 30mins from where I live..

And yes I was planning on upgrading CPU Mobo and Ram...I guess I didn't state that clear enough .

And no...no egg for me..
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buy from tiger direct?
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Yeah but there is a site called ncix.com that seems to have better prices than tigerdirect.ca.

And even then, there doesn't seem to be a way to get under budget. Maybe once I get enough reps, I can post a wanted add in the market. Time to be helpful I guess .
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post #8 of 23
Canadian stores:
tigerdirect.ca
directcanada.com
canadacomputers.com
ncix.com

Note that there is a likelihood that the Dell PSU is proprietary. Meaning, that it won't work with a replacement motherboard(!).

Case/PSU/MoBo/CPU barebones:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applicatio...5647&CatId=333
$119.97

RAM: http://www.directcanada.com/products...acture=CORSAIR
$46.80

Woops: you'll need a CPU cooler with the barebones!
http://www.directcanada.com/products...%20COOLING

Has onboard video, which might be enough for the games mentioned.
    
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post #9 of 23
dang i had a whole system out in new egg for 142 that included decent psu and 512 ram
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post #10 of 23
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I'm not sure it was a Dell. It's had parts swapped out over the years already. I already have another of the same mobo(dead) from another prebuilt pc. It's and ECS k7som+. The psu isn't proprietary as I had the board on different PSUs during past tests of various things.

And even if it was, I have a spare psu or two lying around I could donate to them.

Thanks everyone. I'm gonna try and work something out. Suggestions are still welcome!

Chozart: Looks interesting. I know the budget isn't much to work with..

2 things though. The Barebones kit still needs a hsf (edit ok nvm ). And that Ram is 200-pin SODIMM which is for laptops isn't it?
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