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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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you could go with a 780g mb for an amd build
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Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103256

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146118

Video Card for Hybrid CrossFire with 780G:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102724

Probably the best solution.
The Hybrid CrossFire will provide alot of power for price, and the 45Watt Athlon will run cool and long.
As for shops in Canada, NCIX is pretty good up there.
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze127 View Post
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103256

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146118

Video Card for Hybrid CrossFire with 780G:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102724

Probably the best solution.
The Hybrid CrossFire will provide alot of power for price, and the 45Watt Athlon will run cool and long.
As for shops in Canada, NCIX is pretty good up there.
Good choice .
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Originally Posted by Kamikaze127 View Post
Motherboard:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135075

CPU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103256

RAM:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820146118

Video Card for Hybrid CrossFire with 780G:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102724

Probably the best solution.
The Hybrid CrossFire will provide alot of power for price, and the 45Watt Athlon will run cool and long.
As for shops in Canada, NCIX is pretty good up there.
+1, nice build there.
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I would scrap the discrete video card; the 3200 on the MB is more than enough for what the OP needs. For the CPU I would just go for a cheap regular 65W chip; the difference won't be that drastic, and the price difference isn't worth it. For RAM I would go for a single 2GB stick instead of dual sticks, for the sole reason of leaving room to upgrade to another 2GB stick latter on (if wanted).
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I would scrap the discrete video card; the 3200 on the MB is more than enough for what the OP needs. For the CPU I would just go for a cheap regular 65W chip; the difference won't be that drastic, and the price difference isn't worth it. For RAM I would go for a single 2GB stick instead of dual sticks, for the sole reason of leaving room to upgrade to another 2GB stick latter on (if wanted).
good point. i hear dual channel doesnt make that much of a difference anyways, right?

thx for the input so far. keep em comin!

right now im leaning towards the E2180 and gigabyte ds3l. does amd have anything up their sleeves that can be used with the ECS mb above?

that 45w cpu does look very nice and i like the integrated gfx on the mb. i have a 6600gt lying around somewhere too. think that will be good enough?
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I never understood specs that ran 2.8GHZ clock speed but seemed to move slower than molasses. Anyway, my opinion is stick to the integrated graphics, beef up on ram. Dual channel is often cheaper. Is the HD SATA? If not, you definitely should swap that out since it makes loads of difference in everyday activities on the computer. I have no opinion on the CPU, as the advertised clock speed is already monster. Mobo seems unnecessary.
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oops wrong place, amd
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good point. i hear dual channel doesnt make that much of a difference anyways, right?

thx for the input so far. keep em comin!

right now im leaning towards the E2180 and gigabyte ds3l. does amd have anything up their sleeves that can be used with the ECS mb above?

that 45w cpu does look very nice and i like the integrated gfx on the mb. i have a 6600gt lying around somewhere too. think that will be good enough?

If you can get a cheap enough Intel chip then that would be preferable, but the really low end Intels are usually very crippled, so they end up being no better than the AMDs.
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