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Ok so like the title says I am building a cheap PC that will mainly be used for playing downloaded movies. It will also be used for playing old games such as the Sims or possilby C&C red alert, old games such as those, and for typing and storing pictures.

The computer is not for me, its for my mom who will not be needing a powerfull PC for gaming. The budget is 500$, and so far I have these parts that add up to about 200$ before taxes.

RAM: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=18727
DVD drive: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=24649
CPU: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=29709
Motherboard: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.php?sku=23404

Thats this if you dont want to click on the links:

Crucial Rendition 1GB 1X1GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 240PIN DIMM Memory
In Stock 18727 $24.99 $24.99
Samsung SH-S203B Black SATA DVD+RW 20X8X16 DVD-RW 20X6X16 DL 18X/12X INT DVD Writer OEM W/ Vista SW
In Stock 24649 $33.46 $33.46
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Dual Core Processor Socket AM2 Windsor F3 2.4GHZ 2X512KB 65W 90NM Retail Box
In Stock 29709 $80.53 $80.53
ASUS M2A-VM mATX AM2 AMD 690G DDR2 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI Video VGA DVI-D Sound Motherboard


I will be useing a old copy of windows XP and have a old case that I will also be using.

I need a large HDD probably 750 or 500 gig's. I am not sure how much will be sufficient but price is pretty important too.

I am also not sure about what would be a quality cheap PSU.

I also am not sure about what type of video card I should get, I know I want a cheap one preferably under 100$ or around 100$ but being silent cooled would be a plus.

And lastly I have to know if there is a way to check old computer cases to figure out wether they are mATX or ATX. The case is about 5 years old and I think still has the motherboard in it.
    
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Get this motherboard based on the 780G instead: http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...S%2FELITEGROUP


It's onboard video is about 3 times more powerful than the 690G. It can play any video even HD and should be able to handle those older games. Plus it is about the same price.
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I was thinking about skiping onboard graphics and getting a HD 3450, its silent cooled and would be perfect for watching HD videos.

Whats the specs on those onboard graphics for that motherboard? Does it have its own memory or will it be taking away from the system ram.
    
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uhhhh, 1GB RAM for $25?! get 2GB of DDR2 800 dual channel with heatspreaders for $40
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820609027
and a Biostar 780G $80 (the ECS one is $5 less, but doesnt have DVI, which you will want for movie watching)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138105
and a 4600+ $66
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103258
Lite-On 20x sata burner with lightscribe $28. i have this one, its awesome
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106073

there you go!

EDIT: the gpu will probably take system memory, but youll have 2GB, just give it 256MB, youll be fine/
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Ya it seams new egg is alot cheaper.

But is it in american dollars and will it cost more to ship to canada?

But I still think I will be buying the HD 3450 because it is only 70$. Is there another good motherboard that costs around 50$ to 60$ that anyone knows about?

Also can someone reccomend me a good power supply?
    
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post #6 of 24
Get the 780G MB,it will crossfire with the 3450 or 3470.

Sorry didn't see OS is XP,you need Vista to crossfire that.
The OB is a ATI 3200 and if I remember right will do 1500 3DMArk06 so it should play the games you want.
PSU's Corsair 450 or Antec Earthwatts 430 should do.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/676/1/
Edited by jameskelsey - 5/18/08 at 8:37pm
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Hey kmo_9000, is this going to be hooked up to a TV or to a computer monitor? If it's a TV, you might be interested in a build similar to the HTPC I just built. If you order your parts through NCIX, they will price match any advertised price (use Pricecanada to find better deals, then have NCIX match them) and not charge you PST (if you live outside of BC). I ended up saving close to $70 and built my HTPC for about $300 including tax and shipping. It's more than capable of playing even compressed 1080p movies, is utterly silent and looks great with the stereo equipment. If you need it to, it can also function as a workstation for your mom easily.

Anyway, if you aren't hooking this up to a TV, the build still works great as a quiet and reliable workstation. The motherboard can output to DVI and VGA as well as HDMI, so you will be fine hooking it up to a monitor, and the integrated graphics will more than handle any older game you can throw on it.

Parts list:
Gigabyte 780g mATX board, pricematched to $72 (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...cture=Gigabyte)
Generic Crucial RAM, 2x1gb, they were on sale for $8 when I ordered them though, now $24. (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...L%20TECHNOLOGY)
AM2 4400+, pricematched to $59 (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...anufacture=AMD)
Antec NSK 2480, pricematched to $79, includes 80+% efficiency PSU that's more than capable of running an HTPC (http://www.ncix.com/products/index.p...ufacture=ANTEC)

The DVD drive and hard drive I had sitting spare, so I reduced their cost, but if you bought everything new, you could go for about $350 and have a very workable computer.

Also, as for your NewEgg question: yes, it is in American dollars, and they do not ship to Canada.
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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by jameskelsey View Post
Get the 780G MB,it will crossfire with the 3450 or 3470.

Sorry didn't see OS is XP,you need Vista to crossfire that.
The OB is a ATI 3200 and if I remember right will do 1500 3DMArk06 so it should play the games you want.
PSU's Corsair 450 or Antec Earthwatts 430 should do.

http://www.legitreviews.com/article/676/1/
So if I get a ATI 3200 it will crossfire with the integrated GPU on the chipset?

And thanks for the PSU recomendations. Ill check this all out and post the system final specs.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kmo_9000 View Post
So if I get a ATI 3200 it will crossfire with the integrated GPU on the chipset?
Nope the OB is basically a 3200 and will crossfirex with a 2400 or 3400 series card in Vista.
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post #10 of 24
newegg doesnt ship to canada. try tigerdirect.ca or MAYBE clubIT or nixus ( think thats how you spell it)
EDIT: a 3450 is BARELY any better than a integrated 3200 (in the 780a) maybe like 25% or so
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