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My mom just started going to get her degree and her PC is garbage. I thought it would be a good idea to build her (and my dad) a new computer. Budget is real tight, we were able to scrounge around $600 so far. I have yet to talk to my brother so we may get moar. I would like to get OEM Vista, but I may just have to go with the XP disc that I already have. I don't think I will order the parts until after Christmas and I will build it after Christmas. I just got this idea yesterday so it's too late for me to get it built in time.

CompuPlus.com
Antec 300 Case $50.26 shipped
Buy.com
Corsair CMPSU-400CX $51.26 shipped
NewEgg
MSI P7NGM Nvidia Geforce 9300 IGP board $109.99
Intel E5200 $82.99
G Skill 2x2GB DDR2 800 $39.99
WD250AAKS 250GB $54.99 (They are out of 320AAKS)
Lite-On DVD burner $20.99
Sceptre 20.1" monitor $139.99

Total shipped: $549.62

I would like to get the EVGA, XFX, or ASUS version of the Nvidia 9300 but right now I want to keep things as cheap as possible and the EVGA is out of stock. I also want to get Vista but I am not sure if it will fit into the budget. The processor would ideally be an E8400 or E7300, but I am considering trying to overclock the E5200 to 3.0Ghz and calling it good. I am going to try to use the stock cooler from a Q6600 (Copper core). I still have to think a little bit more about what I want to do.
Edited by Greg121986 - 12/14/08 at 5:43pm
post #2 of 8
no point in going with the E7300 or E8400...stick with the 5200 or drop to even a E2200 and get a better motherboard.

They won't be gaming so its not really an issue.

If you are going to stick with XP drop the Ram to 2x1 GB save a little more.

I personally do not like MSI boards. I suggest dropping the CPU down and and RAM and getting a better board.

For what they are gonna want to use it for you won't need much power especially if you aren't gonna get a GPU. Also you can drop the Corsair and get a cheaper PSU...due to the fact you aren't running any hardware and save another 20 bucks. Try to get an OCZ stealthxtreme or something for 30.
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post #3 of 8
To save some money get a Gigabyte G31M-E2SL motherboard, $54.99, has built in video.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128357

Get the 250gb Seagate SATA Hard drive, $54.99 it has a 5 year warranty
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148262

Or get the 640gb Western Digital SATA Hard drive, $74.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

Antec 380watt Earthwatts Power supply, $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817371005

The GSkill ram you chose you might as well buy it because the 2gb version of it is only $8.00 less. You may wanna upgrade to Vista at some point then you'll be set in the ram dept. with 4gb's.
Just my
Edited by hawaiian_geek - 12/14/08 at 5:51pm
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post #4 of 8
I would suggest getting a G31 board like hawaiian_geek suggested, but if you want/need more graphical power then pickup an ATI 4350.
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post #5 of 8
ya man, you need to look for parts that fit their needs. I'd personally buy parts that have a reputable longevity and will work properly rather than buying the cheapest parts possible.
I threw together a little something 4 ya

You can even overclock it for them. Best of both worlds. They get more pc than they paid for and you get to have a little fun

    
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post #6 of 8
How about this, it is a little a little over $600 shipped though. Does come out to $667.16 shipped though.
Edited by ShazBo - 12/14/08 at 6:14pm
    
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post #7 of 8
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I am pretty happy with my choices. Nothing you guys suggested has sparked any interest.
post #8 of 8
What about getting a used P35-DS3L used for $50 shipped. There are 3 of them in the F/S section. Gigabyte offers the 3 year warranty from the date of manufacture, so the warranty is still good for probably another 2 years. There is also an E2180 in the F/S section for $50 shipped!

So that would be the board and CPU for $100...
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