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A guy I work with had his old computer die on him so I offered to build a new one. I was going to charge him $50, but I'm going to just order the parts, put them together, make sure it POSTs and then give it to him no charge and he will take it from there because I want him to be able to get the best components possible.

He wants to use his old monitor, keyboard, mouse, optical drive, and 40GB HDD. He says the HDD was enough space for him and if it will help save costs, he will just reuse it if it still works. I assume it still works. So basically all I am doing is building a tower. Here is what I have come up with so far that I am comfortable with. I really don't want to give him cheap, slow parts, but like I said; his budget is strict. He wants to go about $550, but the less he has to spend the better.

Rosewill Case $26.99 The cheapest case I could find that looks halfway decent. 120mm fan on the back keeps me interested.

Gigabyte EP35-DS3L $89.99 I just got this mobo for my aunt and for the money I am satisfied.

G-Skill 2x1GB DDR2 800 4-4-4-12 $49.99 He wants 4GB, but I told him 2 will be sufficient and cheaper and this memory has very low timings. In the future he may buy two more DIMMs to upgrade.

Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 2.53GHz$131.99 I considered an E2180, but I really would like to get him this processor.

EVGA 9600GT 512MB$149.99 I really want to get him the best video card possible. He is a console and PSP gamer and does not game on his PC. But I know he will want to if he has the ability with good hardware. I also considered the 9600GSO, but it is only $10 cheaper.

Corsair 450W PSU$69.99 Will this be enough? In the future he would possibly add one more HDD, and 2 more DIMMs of RAM. The 12V rail on this is a hefty one, but I want to make sure it will be enough. There will be NO overclocking of this PC.

So any suggestions? I am hesitant to get an E2180 since it will not be overclocked, but that would still be much faster than the 6 year old PC he is running right now (Which is not running cuz it died).

TOTAL
$518.94

Shipped
$553.91 (Minus $9.71 because I will order the PSU from www.buy.com and they offer free shipping)
Edited by Greg121986 - 5/27/08 at 6:24pm
post #2 of 35
That power supply is a good model, and it *should* be enough, but it won't give much room for upgrading.

CPU is a good choice and powerful for this build.

You need RAM btw, along with a DVD drive.
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Originally Posted by low strife View Post
That power supply is a good model, and it *should* be enough, but it won't give much room for upgrading.

CPU is a good choice and powerful for this build.

You need RAM btw, along with a DVD drive.
*EDIT* Sorry, I added that he will also reuse his old optical drive. I believe it is a combo drive, but I don't know if it burns DVDs.
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Great choices. I don't like that case though, it looks too much like an old P-II case. there are a bunch of rosewills that look better and are the same price. But in the end that's just personal taste.

And honestly, if theres even a chance of him gaming I do think hes better off with 4gb of CAS5 memory. Maybe this.

Edit: Forgot to mention, you may want a slightly bigger PSU if he wants to add stuff later. Maybe the 550W corsair.
Edited by Manyak - 5/27/08 at 6:31pm
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post #5 of 35
The E7200 should be fine, it IS a good budget CPU anyway. Liking the rest of your specs. Go for it!
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Psu should be fine, plenty of juice.
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Great choices. I don't like that case though, it looks too much like an old P-II case. there are a bunch of rosewills that look better and are the same price. But in the end that's just personal taste.

And honestly, if theres even a chance of him gaming I do think hes better off with 4gb of CAS5 memory. Maybe this.
I really think the 2GB will be enough now, and if he feels he needs more he can get another couple sticks later.
post #8 of 35
Just throwing this out there, but that ain't ultra cheap.

That's a midrange build, it's pretty good!

Ultra cheap would be like $300-400...
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Just throwing this out there, but that ain't ultra cheap.

That's a midrange build, it's pretty good!

Ultra cheap would be like $300-400...
This is ultra cheap to me lol. I cannot stand to allow someone to get ULTRA ULTRA cheap components. It's like a phobia.
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I really think the 2GB will be enough now, and if he feels he needs more he can get another couple sticks later.
/shrug. If you're fine with it, and hes fine with it, then I'm fine with it

I still think that case is ugly though lol.
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