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I need a decent computer that can burn dvd's/cd's and use limewire/frostwire etc etc no video game playing so no vid card is really needed. has a decent amount of storage and at least 512 mb ram for xp. a gig if cheap enough. and needs to include at the very least a monitor thats decent. If able a mouse and keyboard combo. I've been out of the game for awhile so I'm lost as to whats available on the budget end. Any help is appreciated!
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$300 including monitor is really pushing it to the limit. may be if it can flex few $$ here and there like +- $50 maybe.

it will be fun to try
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If it can be done for $350 I could go for that aswell. Just a really simple cheap build.
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Originally Posted by Est.1885 View Post
I need a decent computer that can burn dvd's/cd's and use limewire/frostwire etc etc no video game playing so no vid card is really needed. has a decent amount of storage and at least 512 mb ram for xp. a gig if cheap enough. and needs to include at the very least a monitor thats decent. If able a mouse and keyboard combo. I've been out of the game for awhile so I'm lost as to whats available on the budget end. Any help is appreciated!
I would say build one, but if you want a decent computer with everything, go to this link:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....c=abcat0500000
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Those are not bad at all. Wish they had one that was a bit cheaper. Dual core is not really needed. I don't need a fast computer at all. Just something that does the job for an average user.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813135086 MOBO 50$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103199 single core LE-1600 -35$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231170 1GB Gskill Ram -20$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136075 - 160GB HD 45$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371013 Antec 350w PSU -20$
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254018 - Cheapest monitor 150$

320$. unless you went with a a CRT monitor, and an 80 GB Hard drive, it won't get cheaper then this. i'm assuming you have a copy of windows.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16823157010 10$ keyboard/mouse combo
Edited by phospholipid - 6/24/08 at 11:05am
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ah this is going to be harder than i expected.

well all i could come up with is:
Intel® Pentium® dual-core processor E2180 (1MB, 2.00GHz, 800FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista® Home Basic Service Pack 1
No Monitor
2GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 667MHz- 2DIMMs
250GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
16X DVD+/-RW Drive
Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
Dell USB Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
No Modem Option
My Software & Accessories
No speakers (Speakers are required to hear audio from your system)
McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, 30-Days
Microsoft Works 9.0
My Service
1Yr In-Home Service, Parts + Labor, 24x7 Phone Support
Included 3 GB DataSafe Online Backup for 1Yr
Also Includes
Mouse included with Keyboard purchase
Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 8.1
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Windows Vista™ Basic
No Entertainment software pre-installed

for about $280 shipped, but if you're willing to stretch it up to $350 then im sure you could find a monitor for around $70 or less
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This computer, $199: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8304655

This monitor, $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009140

Note--I have no idea if that computer is by any means good or durable, but it should handle the tasks you've mentioned with ease (but will have to upgrade to a dvd burner if you want that option).

The monitor--I know, it's a CRT, but you probably won't find a new LCD monitor for under $150--and if it's that cheap, I'd question it's quality--and no use in spending an equal amount of money on a monitor as on the computer--I'd sooner take a lower-quality monitor and build a better computer.

So, if it were me, I wouldn't buy that computer. And for the most part, you get what you pay for--I built a cheap-o rig not too long ago--maybe a couple years or so--and regretted it 'cause it had so many problems.

You're probably going to be hard-pressed to build a rig from components for $300 or even $350 with a monitor--and provided the headaches you might run into, I'd suggest just going prebuilt 'cause at least there's some sort of system-wide warranty, etc.
    
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if it doesn't have to have a flatpanel, then you can pick up old crt's for nothing.
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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post
This computer, $199: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8304655

This monitor, $90: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824009140

Note--I have no idea if that computer is by any means good or durable, but it should handle the tasks you've mentioned with ease (but will have to upgrade to a dvd burner if you want that option).

The monitor--I know, it's a CRT, but you probably won't find a new LCD monitor for under $150--and if it's that cheap, I'd question it's quality--and no use in spending an equal amount of money on a monitor as on the computer--I'd sooner take a lower-quality monitor and build a better computer.

So, if it were me, I wouldn't buy that computer. And for the most part, you get what you pay for--I built a cheap-o rig not too long ago--maybe a couple years or so--and regretted it 'cause it had so many problems.

You're probably going to be hard-pressed to build a rig from components for $300 or even $350 with a monitor--and provided the headaches you might run into, I'd suggest just going prebuilt 'cause at least there's some sort of system-wide warranty, etc.
i'd rather get the E2180 than the VIA CPU
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