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So heres the deal, My parents old dell failed for an unknown reason. I've tried troubleshooting it switching out some parts, but i can't determine what was wrong with it and since it was a few years old my parents are looking for a new computer.

I already have a 550W Antec PSU that I'd like to use and my parents don't need a new monitor, cd drive, mouse, keyboard, or OS. The build can be less than $500, but I'd like it to stay below $500. $500 After rebates is fine. This is what I was thinking of so far

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...px?ID=11891847

The price listed is quite a bit over $500, but wishlists don't list MIRs and there is a combo on the cpu/case (the only reason I was really considering that case).
I'm open to suggestions, but I'd like to stay Intel/Nvidia . Cheaper places to find the items are also appreciated .

PS. I haven't posted here in a while if anyone remembers me. I've been lurking occasionally every once in a while, but haven't posted.
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post #2 of 6
My list turned out alot like yours..

https://secure.newegg.com/WishList/M...spx?ID=8705206


Actually, that's the exact system I built for my mom.. lol
It's pretty zippy, she loves it..
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Your build looks good, I would look at getting these G.Skill 2x1GB DDR2-1000 for $59.99, and if you really want 4GB total get 2x2GB Kit for $84.99. For the type of computing that will likely be done a 2x1GB kit will be sufficient, and if you decide to go with more then go with a 2x2GB kit.

If you are not going to overclock the system the stock cooler that comes with the processor will be more than sufficient. If they are going to overclock look at getting the OCZ Vanquisher from zipzoomfly for $19.99 shipped. Save a few bucks and it is a better cooler.

For only $10 more you can get a 400GB Western Digital Hard Drive. $10 for 150GB's, that is definitely worth it to me. Once you go any higher it gets to be toss up, but that WD 400GB is the best bang for the dollar.
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Since it fits in the budget I might as well go for a 2x2gb kit then. Also, I will be overclocking it at least mildly just for the hell of it .

Now about the HDs I'm not really sure what my parents need but it is $60 for 250, $70 for 400, and $80 for 500. The 400 is the biggest step up, so I'll consider that one.
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Check the link in my sig.

Quote:
CPU: Intel E2160 -$70
CPU Cooler: XIGMATEK HDT-S1283 -$37
Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P31 -$65
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 250GB -$57
PSU: Antec earthwatts EA500 500W -$60
GPU: EVGA 9600GT -$150
Case: COOLER MASTER Centurion 5 -$50
Its a little over $500 but if you find some deals on parts and maybe downgrade the GPU to a 8800GS it will be a fine build.

Put this together:

Quote:
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$1500 Build +
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CPU: Intel E8400 -$190 or Intel Q6600 -$200 -Also consider the Q9450 -$340
CPU Cooler:Tuniq Tower -$50 or a TRUE
Mobo: EVGA 780i SLI -$240
RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 800MHz -$85
HD: Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200AAKS 320GB -$70; RAID0 for $140; Possibly look into Raptors depending on space required
PSU: CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W -$100 -May want to upgrade to Corsair 650W ($110) or 750W ($130)
GPU: EVGA 8800GTS -$240, in SLI -$480
Case:Cooler Master 690 -$85

Edited by mortimersnerd - 6/15/08 at 8:14am
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do they need a good graphics card? My build was $580 after rebates, but that includes a $155 8800GT.
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