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Hey Guys,

Building a basic internet / word processing machine for a friend. The budget cannot go over $350, nor should it be $350 if we can meet their needs for less. It doesn't need name brand parts, but I would like the parts to not crap out on them in a few months. I do not plan on overclocking the machine as it is just not needed, and don't want to dish out the money for a CPU Cooler. Finally, I would like to keep the option of turning it into a more powerful machine a possibility, so I'm giving it a meatier PSU than it needs (also, I happen to have the OCZ ModXStream 600W lying around, and would like to get rid of it).

Already purchased:
$55 - OCZ ModXStream 600W PSU + DVD Burner
$28 - Thermaltake V3
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$83

Plan to purchase (but can be persuaded to change my mind):
$127 - AMD Athlon II X2 250 + Gigabyte 785G Micro
$42 - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 2x1GB DDR2 800 5-5-5-12 (after $15 MIR)
$64 - Samsung F3 1TB (after promo code GRAD15)
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$233

$83 + $233 = $316 Total

All items have free shipping, and I have a copy of Windows 7 64-bit that I plan to install, as well as Microsoft Office.

My thinking is it gives them everything they need now, with room to upgrade later (600W PSU would allow for a video card to be added, 1TB hard drive greatly exceeds needs, only using 2 of the 4 RAM slots, full ATX case allows for almost anything to be added). They have a teenage son who will like the hard drive space and might want a video card added at some point.

I am slightly concerned that the case only has a rear exhaust fan. Think the HDD will be ok without a front fan blowing on it?

Ok, now 1 up me! Gogogo!
Edited by durch - 6/7/10 at 8:19am
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Looks like a really good budget build. You seem to have it all covered.

I saw a few other newegg CPU+Mobo deals which might be better when it comes to future-proofness (not a word, I know >.>), for instance:

MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X2 250
--- $157

Of course, this would require DDR3 RAM instead, and I couldn't find any cheap DDR3 RAM which would allow you to keep within budget if you went this deal.

If your friend suddenly finds the extra money, this could be an option. Just pointing this out for you.
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Originally Posted by Baldy View Post
Looks like a really good budget build. You seem to have it all covered.

I saw a few other newegg CPU+Mobo deals which might be better when it comes to future-proofness (not a word, I know >.>), for instance:

MSI 880GMA-E45 AM3 AMD 880G SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

AMD Athlon II X2 250
--- $157

Of course, this would require DDR3 RAM instead, and I couldn't find any cheap DDR3 RAM which would allow you to keep within budget if you went this deal.

If your friend suddenly finds the extra money, this could be an option. Just pointing this out for you.
Thanks for the feedback, I appreciate it I also considered going with the newer 8xx series and DDR3 but the extra cost just didn't seem worth it to me for a basic internet/word processing machine. The RAM is about $12-15 more, and the combo another $30, which would push the build to around $360. I think I'd rather keep it less than I quoted them rather than go a little over budget for extra performance that they probably won't notice. But I do appreciate the suggestion. You should see their current setup... I am not exaggerating, it took over 30 minutes to boot up. I think I could give them a Pentium 4 and they'd love me lol.
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The build looks good but investing in a front intake fan will be best to cool the hd in the long run. You can pick up a fan for less than $10.00.
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on the note of the fan issue. from the looks of the pic there are fan holes for a front fan but can't tell what size it is. don't know if you have fans laying around but that may be a quick fix
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The build looks good but investing in a front intake fan will be best to cool the hd in the long run. You can pick up a fan for less than $10.00.
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on the note of the fan issue. from the looks of the pic there are fan holes for a front fan but can't tell what size it is. don't know if you have fans laying around but that may be a quick fix
Yea, unfortunately I do not have any 120mm or 80mm fans lying around, and it upsets my frugalness to spend $10 on a fan when the whole case only cost me $28 with tax haha. I guess I could swing by Microcenter next time I'm in the area and pick up this guy for $5.
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Get an Antec 300?
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Get an Antec 300?
Well I already purchased the Thermaltake V3 for $25 + tax. The Antec 300 was $50 + tax and also lacks the front intake fan.

I have purchased all the parts. Newegg dropped the price on the Ram to $35 shipped after a $15 MIR and they sold out, so I bought a single 2GB stick of Super Talent DDR2 800 with micron ICs off ewiz for $36 shipped. Definitely not top quality, but it'll get the job done until the Mushkin is back in stock, at which point I can CL the other RAM.

Thanks for everyone's help!
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If your putting 64-bit W7 on, consider 4GB of RAM if possible.
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