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I'm doing a build for a friend's mother - no OC no gaming - just internet and word processing. Here's what I've got so far

GB 965P-DS3 $100
e4300 $115
7300gt $64
2GB Corsair ValuSelect $65
WD 320GB HDD $75
Audigy SE 7.1 $30
Cheap Rosewill Case $21
Lite-On Burner $30
Cheap HSF $21
Total - $520

I'm looking to go cheper on the mobo - I just don't have much knowlege in that area. Peripherals will be extra and keep in mind that this is a web surfing build. Any suggestions?
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post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by rabidgnome229 View Post
I'm doing a build for a friend's mother - no OC no gaming - just internet and word processing. Here's what I've got so far

GB 965P-DS3 $100
e4300 $115
7300gt $64
2GB Corsair ValuSelect $65
WD 320GB HDD $75
Audigy SE 7.1 $30
Cheap Rosewill Case $21
Lite-On Burner $30
Cheap HSF $21
Total - $520

I'm looking to go cheper on the mobo - I just don't have much knowlege in that area. Peripherals will be extra and keep in mind that this is a web surfing build. Any suggestions?
Why not go with an AMD 3600+? Cheaper yet it offers great performance, also get a PSU.
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post #3 of 14
No OC/Gaming = no need for stand alone GPU or sound card. I doubt you even need a dual core.

My suggestions:

Ditch the sound card and 7300GT, get this motherboard instead

Get this CPU instead of the E4300

Which brings you down to about $300
    
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post #4 of 14
AMD 3600+-60$
ECS Mobo-33$ when bought with combo(3600+)
Like the other guy said, ditch the soundcard.
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Originally Posted by highwhey View Post
Why not go with an AMD 3600+? Cheaper yet it offers great performance, also get a PSU.
I suspect if he was deciding b/w AMD and Intel the thread would have been titled "Best <$500 build?"

But since it was "$500 C2D Build", going AMD obviously wasn't on his mind
    
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post #6 of 14
If you're looking for cheaper cost on the motherboard, get a microATX, most have onboard video, so you dont even need a card. That saves $50-$100 right there. I realy dont see the need for the c2d, either, since it's not going to be overclocked and only used for interweb browzing and using word. Pent D's are really cheap.
I was able to put together a computer for the same purpose (for a friend's mother), and that came out to under $350 (although, it was AMD, not intel)
    
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post #7 of 14
Why are you getting a C2D and a 7300 and 2 gig ram for word processing??
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post #8 of 14
If it's not going to be used for gaming, you might as well get an e2140, or 2160, and save about 20 bucks.

EDIT: 2140: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116037
2160: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116036
    
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post #9 of 14
I think rabid just tried making a joke. He cant be serious. 2gb of ram for word and internet. LOLZ!!!!
post #10 of 14
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Originally Posted by rabidgnome229 View Post
I'm doing a build for a friend's mother - no OC no gaming - just internet and word processing. Here's what I've got so far

GB 965P-DS3 $100
e4300 $115
7300gt $64
2GB Corsair ValuSelect $65
WD 320GB HDD $75
Audigy SE 7.1 $30
Cheap Rosewill Case $21
Lite-On Burner $30
Cheap HSF $21
Total - $520

I'm looking to go cheper on the mobo - I just don't have much knowlege in that area. Peripherals will be extra and keep in mind that this is a web surfing build. Any suggestions?
It's a serious overkill. Get a mobo with built in Geforce 6 graphics. Word processing doesn't need more then 512mb ram - just get 1 gig ram, 320 gig harddrive? surely thats a bit of an overkill. I'de suggest an 160 or 200 gig.
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