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Hi everyone,

my mom has a friend who wants to upgrade her computer with a $250 budget. she currently has:

Celeron 2.8 GHz
256 mb DDR 266 MHz
Intel 845gvsr P4 mainboard
300w PSU
WD 80gb 7200rpm HD

she just needs a fast machine to check email and surf the web. she also has a son who will probably be using it for internet games and surfing.

my guess is a new mb, cpu, and mem should be quite an upgrade. debating on getting AMD or Intel so i will probably post this in both forums.

i am also in Canada for the summer, so can anyone recommend good websites i can buy parts from?

thanks!
    
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post #2 of 29
www.canadacomputers.com have very good shipping (if you live within Ontario) and www.directcanada.com is also a great site
post #3 of 29
uh...why did you double post? One in Intel section adn one in AMD?
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yea, i wasnt sure whether to put it in AMD or Intel section. sorry.

and yes, i am in ontario.

i am most likely lookin for a mb with integrated video
Edited by blazin-asian - 5/28/08 at 5:46pm
    
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post #5 of 29
Keep it in intel, AMD lost this round!

Honestly I'd just upgrade the entire thing for that much.
Dual Core Celeron
Gigabyle D3SL
2GB DDR2-800
WD Caviar SE16 250gb

Just use the same PSU+vid card - $243 total

Edit: Wait...son wants to play games....DOH!!! /facepalm. When you say internet games do you mean like flash games or like WoW and stuff?
Edited by Manyak - 5/28/08 at 5:49pm
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Keep it in intel, AMD lost this round!

Honestly I'd just upgrade the entire thing for that much.
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WD Caviar SE16 250gb

Just use the same PSU - $243 total

Edit: Wait...son wants to play games....DOH!!! /facepalm
internet games so stuff like flash. she specifically said its mostly for the internet so a PCI-E slot for upgrading down the road is an option.

how is the dual core celeron?
    
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internet games so stuff like flash. she specifically said its mostly for the internet so a PCI-E slot for upgrading down the road is an option.

how is the dual core celeron?
Oh that setup would be perfect then.

That celeron is fast enough for internet browsing as is, but with that board you can still overclock it to 3GHz very easily, even on the stock cooler. The only things it really lacks over the pentiums are the FPU and cache, both of which only noticeably affects math based applications (read: real video games and folding and video editing).

By the way I forgot to actually ask....does the old computer have a PCI video card to move to this one? I kind of left that out assuming you had one :/
Edited by Manyak - 5/28/08 at 5:55pm
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post #8 of 29
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oooh, i will definately take that into consideration.

all the other C2D cpus are too expensive. at least this way, she can upgrade the CPU and video card later. is it capable of running a quad?
    
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oooh, i will definately take that into consideration.

all the other C2D cpus are too expensive. at least this way, she can upgrade the CPU and video card later. is it capable of running a quad?
Yup it can run a quad just fine
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Yup it can run a quad just fine
there is no video card. the previous mb has integrated video so thats what they were using. what is a good entry level gpu or maybe a decent mb with integrated video?

i will probably leave the 80gb as it so maybe the extra money can go towards something else.
    
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