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I have a friend who would like me to build him a computer. Well since I know these forums fairly well, I figured this would be good fodder for you all. What he is interested in having me build for him is a fairly uncomplicated computer for his family to use for web browsing, burning music CDs and movie DVDs, school related work, and gaming. He of course wants this to be as inexpensive as possible.

I am thinking a DDR2 capable motherboard, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core processor (Intel preferred but not required), a DVD-RW optical drive, a mid-range video card, along with a tower, PSU, and appropriately sized hard drive. Basically I need the entire tower. Monitor, mouse, and keyboard I can work on later.

The machine will run Windows XP and have Office 2003 installed on it by myself which I will get for him through means of my own. All I need suggestions on is hardware. If anyone can think of anything I may have forgotten or something I should include feel free to say so.

Thanks for any ideas guys, appreciate the input.

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2000s
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Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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Cooler Master Centurion Series case
2GB Corsair XMS2 800MHz RAM
Intel E2180 / E 4500 / E6420 CPU (depending on budget)
Gigabyte DS3L mobo (cheap, good OCer)
9600GT
Corsair 450w PSU
Lite-on DVD burner SATA
320GB WD / Hitachi / Seagate drive
Masscool 8WA741 intel cooler
Arctic Silver Ceramique thermal paste

About $700, a little under, with shipping.

EDITED: 9600GT, not an 8800GS
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Coeus
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Amd Ryzen 5 1600x broken Evga GTX 1060 SSC Corsair Vengeance LPX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
San Disc SSD need Windows 10 64bit Sharp 32inch 
Power
Thermaltake 1350 
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Amd Ryzen 5 1600x broken Evga GTX 1060 SSC Corsair Vengeance LPX 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
San Disc SSD need Windows 10 64bit Sharp 32inch 
Power
Thermaltake 1350 
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post #4 of 8
Can he wait a few weeks for the gpu? The HD3850 is supposed to come down a lot in price.
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post #6 of 8
Tell him to loose the family and go for the gaming. JK. The HIS 3850 TurboX is at a very good price on Newegg.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon x4 620 ASRock A785GM-LE PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 2... generic 2GB x2 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Sol... WD 640GB DVD-RW w/ lightscribe stock 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Win7 home premium 64-bit DCLCD 22" (1920x1080) Samsung 906bw 19" (1440 x 900) SIIG, inc. 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
CORSAIR CX600 HP Logitech trackball onboard 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Athlon x4 620 ASRock A785GM-LE PowerColor AX7850 2GBD5-DH Radeon HD 7850 2GB 2... generic 2GB x2 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Crucial M4 2.5" 128GB SATA III MLC Internal Sol... WD 640GB DVD-RW w/ lightscribe stock 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Win7 home premium 64-bit DCLCD 22" (1920x1080) Samsung 906bw 19" (1440 x 900) SIIG, inc. 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
CORSAIR CX600 HP Logitech trackball onboard 
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post #7 of 8
Good deal. If you're going to OC, add a cooler (newegg search 8WA741). The only thing I'd change about lin's would be the hard drive. $5 more will get you 70 GB. Spring for the 320, $75, if you're willing to spend $70 on a 250GB.
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Thanks so far guys. He's looking to spend less than $600 if that helps.
2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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2000s
(14 items)
 
Tel'aran'rhiod
(14 items)
 
Laptop
(13 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6700 G0 @ 3.6GHz 24/7 1.47v ASUS P5K Deluxe BFG 8800GT OC 512MB 2x2GB G.Skill DDR2-1000 (1:1 4-4-4-12) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
2x 150GB WD VelocoRaptor RAID 0 & 1TB Seagate Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Windows 7 Pro. 64 bit 25.5" ASUS VW266H 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Red Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 CM 590 Razor Diamondback 
Mouse PadAudio
14" x 18" Gaming pad X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-2700K  ASRock P67 Extreme6 (B3) LGA 1155  Sapphire HD 6970 2GB Dual BIOS/Fan G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3-16... 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x 150GB WD VelociRaptor Samsung SATA DVD+/-RW Corsair H50 Yate Loon Push-Pull Windows 7 Professional 64bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
ASUS VW266H 25.5" LCD 2ms 1920 x 1200 Blue Edition Saitek Eclipse Corsair TX750 Antec 900 
MouseAudio
Logitech G500 X-Fi Xtreme Gamer 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7-720QM 1.6Ghz 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 230M 4GB DDR3 320GB 7200RPM SATA 
Optical DriveOSMonitorCase
Lightscribe Blu-Ray ROM w/ DVD+/-R/RW DL Windows 7 Prof. x64 18.4" 1920 x 1080 HP 
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