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Hey all,

When I came home for spring break, my dad became incredibly jealous of my new computer. He now decided that he wants a new computer as well, but a slightly lower budget (around $700). His old computer is a Dell Dimension B110, so the only thing we'll be keeping from it is the monitor. Keyboard, mouse, and speakers will also be re-used. The rest will be paired up with an old CRT and given to a niece as a gift.

This is the tentative list for his build:

E6750: This would be a nice step up for him. He said he really wants a dual core. This seems near the top of the performancerice ratio. The CPU in the Dimension is a Celeron D @ 2.53GHz, for reference.

ABIT IP35-E: Might just be my love with my IP35 Pro, but the E version seems like a great board for <$100. Any suggestions are welcomed, though. I just want the new board to be quad-capable, as his jealousy may not subside immediately and I give it about a 50% chance of him swapping the dual for a quad by July. However, it's just a little too pricey currently (unless we sacrifice somewhere in other components).

Rosewill 550W PSU: Haven't really looked into the PSUs a lot, but it seems like a good balance of power, efficiency, and cost. Input is needed here.

G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2 800 RAM: I'm pretty sure I can find something better, this is essentially a place-holder with a good price estimate. This will most likely be changed. The main reason I'm going for 2GB is that he might want Vista, he hasn't decided yet.

Apevia X-Cruiser: Again, something more than willing to be changed. He doesn't mind the looks, it has good cooling, well-priced, etc. This seems like a good place to shave some cost and apply elsewhere, though.

WD 80GB SATA: The C drive. He doesn't need a lot of storage, at all. This will be the primary, and I'll toss in an old 40GB and 20GB IDE for him as well, so he has room to work with. Or I may pull the 250GB out of the Dimension and give the 40GB and 20GB to the niece. However, she's like 15, and Myspace totally requires like, tons of storage and stuff. She soooo needs room for pics n survees and junk. </rant at society>

Arctic Freezer 7: While the dual probably won't be OC'd, he's fried out a comp in the past by overheating it. If you don't think I'll need an aftermarket cooler for the dual (if I do OC, it won't be past 3.0), let me know and this money will go towards something else (although that introduces the Gift of the Maji paradigm... getting the extra budget to achieve a quad would require a cooler that I had sacrificed...).

DVD-ROM/CD-RW: It's cheap. Probably swap the DVD-RW/CD-RW from the Dell and put this cheapo in its place for the niece. Don't even know if either of them need a DVD burner, though. I have an old CD-RW laying around (not no DVD-ROM) that could work, and this would definitely free up some money, but DVD is getting very common and I don't want to deny the basic DVD-ROM.

And finally, I am going to add this to the purchase, which will go into my rig, and my dad's new build with get my 8600GTS. I already suggested this, and that I would pay the approximate $100 difference, and he is totally fine with it. The most graphic-intense that he gets is Diablo II and Ultima Online. Although I will probably give him Witcher and Command and Conquer 3 (he likes Red Alert I) to test his new build. I suspect he'll like some new games once he can actually play them.

Oh, and in terms of an OS, I still have my XP Student version from school that I got during freshman orientation for my laptop, so I was probably going to just use that if he decided he didn't want Vista. Otherwise, he's looking at having to up his budget, cuz I no sharey my Visty.

Thanks for reading, and possibly recommending!

Happy pi-day, everyone.
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post #2 of 7
Looks good. Did you have parts already? If didn't, may change the PSU to $65 Corsair 550VX.
post #3 of 7
I would stay away from rosewill psus. I've heard too many disaster stories involving them.

EDIT: linsk read my mind
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wow that corsair psu is cheap... I bought one for my cousins build and it was 100 dollars! that was 3 months ago..
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Nice setup. > $500, I dont think it's a budget build AC Freezer is currently 22.71 shipped at ewiz
    
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I meant budget in the concrete sense, not the relative sense.

I will probably stick to the AC from Newegg though, as it's only a few dollars more and I'm already paying for shipping with other parts. Don't want to have to wait for it to come in after having everything else. That's worth ~$4 in my mind.
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post #7 of 7
Get a E6550 over the E6750 to save $20.
Get him a basic rosewill case like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811147077
Despite the reviews, they make great budget cases that look and feel nice.
Get this hard drive for $11 more:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148230
Finally, get him a full DVD burner. It's not worth it to skip it:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106228
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