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I'm going to build a computer for my brother but all he has is 400$ what mobo and cpu can you guys recommend that still leaves me room for hard drive, ram, case, monitor......
I shop at newegg.com
My System
(13 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3.0E E0 Presscott @ 3.85 P4P800 SE FX5500 256mb 128bit AGP 1GB DDR500 Gskill HZ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
200GB Sata1.5 Maxtor Windows XP Home & Ubuntu 19in Flat Panel 400w FSP-PN 
Case
Xoxide 5 in 1 combo 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
3.0E E0 Presscott @ 3.85 P4P800 SE FX5500 256mb 128bit AGP 1GB DDR500 Gskill HZ 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
200GB Sata1.5 Maxtor Windows XP Home & Ubuntu 19in Flat Panel 400w FSP-PN 
Case
Xoxide 5 in 1 combo 
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post #2 of 3
$400?

And you need to buy CPU, Board, HD, RAM, case and monitor from that?


Dell.com
There you go


Seriously, there's almost no way, even if you cheap out on everything.

What is the purpose of this system?

EDIT

Here


2.13 Celeron D - $51


That's the heart of the system, you can get a board for probably around $50-70, looking at about $50-70 for about 512 of PC3200 RAM, $50 for a 40GB hard drive, a cheap no frills case for about $40, that's $261 roughly, then add in a monitor for about $100 for a CRT, and there's your budget right there.

Now, go to Dell.com and build one of their sale PCs, check the specs against that set up and you'll see more bang for your buck.

Building your own PC will not usually be cheaper than Dell or gateway, ect, even if you use the cheapest componants. The cost benefit to building your own is to be able to upgrade later and to have better parts that will last.........

sorry
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what will your brother use it for? ie gaming, browsing, school work, web design etc etc..
My System
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Opteron 175 Asus A8N32-SLI eVGA 7950 GX2 Corsair 3500LL Pro 2x1024 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD740GD + WD2500KS XP SP2 Dell 2005FPW Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouse
Seasonic S12 600w Antec P-180 Logitech MX510 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Opteron 175 Asus A8N32-SLI eVGA 7950 GX2 Corsair 3500LL Pro 2x1024 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
WD740GD + WD2500KS XP SP2 Dell 2005FPW Logitech G15 
PowerCaseMouse
Seasonic S12 600w Antec P-180 Logitech MX510 
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