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Hey guys... I no longer have my P4 rig. My mom and sisters are going crazy without The Sims 2 lol

I just need a simple, very basic home and light gaming rig. I already have a 350W PSU, a PCI-e 6200LE (which is a huge downgrade from my 9800XT), a case, and OS (Win XP). If possible, I'd like a dual-core.

What I need:

- Mobo (needs to be mATX or it won't fit in my case lol)
- RAM (2x512MB works)
- CPU (dual-core preferred)
- HDD (anything 80GB or larger)
- DVD reader/writer

If the DVD and HDD are SATA, that would be lovely... I already got used to not working with IDE cables

I called my mom and she said that she has no set budget. She just wants the absolute cheapest price tag possible.
Edited by legoman786 - 6/4/08 at 10:02am
    
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post #2 of 14
E2160
945GCM- S2L or Equal (open box maybe?)
160's from newegg are only about $50
Dvd's from the top of my head are "nearly" all the same, spec's and pricewise, ($25ish)

i'll add prices, gimme a tick

EDIT:

HDD: Western Digital 160GB SATA $44.99
CPU: Intel E2180 Allendale $69.99
MBoard: MSI 945GCM7-F $49.99 (there is cheaper, but go for a brand name.)
DVD: LG Burner $24.99

i see $189.96 Before Shipping. can down the processor to a E2160, but sim2 might lag then.

Ram: G.skill 2x1gb kit $39.99
Edited by Fyrestorm - 6/4/08 at 10:19am
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r u preferring AMD or Intel or doesnt matter???
    
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crap! i forgot ram. better add that in.
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Thanks man... I got a similar build with a G31 as opposed to a 945G

And I forgot to add RAM

Sims 2 ran quite well with 5-6 sims on the screen with my P4 and only 1GB of RAM

E2160
Foxconn G35 mATX
PNY Optima 2GB DDR2-533 (They any good?)
WD Caviar SE 160GB

LG DVD Burner

Came up to $236.06 after shipping and my mom ok'd it.
    
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r u preferring AMD or Intel or doesnt matter???
It doesnt really matter.... If I can get a similar rig to the one I just specified cheaper going via AMD, then that'll be great.
    
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post #8 of 14
just OC the chip, should be fine..

ram im not sure about, so wouldn't lean too hard on its shoulder..

that board looks Problematic tbh. i'd add the extra $3 and use the board i mentioned.
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by legoman786 View Post
Thanks man... I got a similar build with a G31 as opposed to a 945G

And I forgot to add RAM

Sims 2 ran quite well with 5-6 sims on the screen with my P4 and only 1GB of RAM

E2160
Foxconn G35 mATX
PNY Optima 2GB DDR2-533 (They any good?)
WD Caviar SE 160GB

LG DVD Burner

Came up to $236.06 after shipping and my mom ok'd it.
I would run DDR2 800 memory for cheaper.
WINTEC AMPX 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800
I have used this memory, it doesnt overclock well but does work perfectly fine for budget builds.
You can get THIS burner for cheaper because of the free shipping. I have had good expierences with Samsung/Toshiba drives.

Free shipping is your friend when trying to be as cheap as possible.

Edited by budgetgamer - 6/4/08 at 10:44pm
    
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post #10 of 14
yeah definitely look into shipping when shopping at newegg.com
sometimes the shipping rate can be quite expensive even tho the price difference between the items are $2-$3.

DVD-Burner: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827106228
it was $22.99 two days ago when i place the order. it is now $23.99 free shipping
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136117 - $22.99 free shipping

Ram: http://www.buy.com/prod/crucial-ball...202541818.html
5% off link, click here then search for that ram. $19.99 AR free shipping before the 5% coupon, use the coupon to get a lower price
Edited by hot97integra - 6/5/08 at 1:51pm
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