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Those two 350W PSUs I linked will do just fine. what's the budget for the PSU?
    
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I gave up. Motherboard wasn't taking power for some reason so I returned everything and got her a nice HP computer for $499.

Anyway, what's the program that deletes all the trial crap off new factory made computers? I want her new installation of Vista to run smoothly without and crap bugging her.
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Add and Remove Programs?
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Originally Posted by ItsBobtista View Post
I got her an AMD X2 processor. Nothing very high end at all. And yes, onboard video. I think I will go pick up a 400-500w PSU or something in a few moment. I don't want this thing frying in a week =P Thanks for all the feedback guys. I learn something new every day.
The amount of watts a PSU provides has little to do with the likelihood of it frying your computer. What's more important is the QUALITY of the PSU. A no-name 400-500W PSU is way more likely to die than the quality 360W PSU like the excellent PC Power&Cooling posted.

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Originally Posted by ItsBobtista View Post
I gave up. Motherboard wasn't taking power for some reason so I returned everything and got her a nice HP computer for $499.
Well yea, ECS motherboards are pretty terrible and the RaidMax PSU is even worse. The odds of that combo working were not in your favor.

You bought a what? Take that HP back and get this better build:
$65 - Gigabyte G31 w/ onboard video
$70 - Intel E2180 (Free Shipping)
$25 - 2x1GB Curcial Ballistix PC2 6400 CAS4 (after $30 MIR, Free Shipping)
$35 - Antec Earthwatts 430W PSU (after $25 MIR)
$70 - 320GB WD HDD 16MB cache (Free Shipping)
$57 - Rosewill Case (Free Shipping, saves like $20)
$29 - Phillips 20x DVD Burner (Free Shipping)
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$408 Subtotal
-$55 Mail-in Rebates
+$13 S&H (to my zip code anyway)
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$366 Total

Better parts than HP and you save $134. If you don't already have an operating system, then that will cost another $100 making it about the same price as an HP, but once again with better parts. And you won't have to worry about all the clutter programs.

The E2180 can easily be kicked up to 2.6GHz or so on stock voltage with the stock heatsink fan, and at that speed it is on par with the AMD X2 6400+ (Intel is MUCH faster clock for clock).
Edited by durch - 5/12/08 at 10:33am
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