Some of you may be unused to me building budget rigs considering my specs and the fact that the last 3 systems I've built not counting my own had AMD 3700+ SD, 3800+ X2 Manchester or 4400+ X2 Toledo CPUs and Nvidia 7 series graphics LOL.
Anyways here's a little back story, my aunt has this REALLY old computer (I think its a Hewlett Packard) with a 166MHz Pentium (yes Pentium, not II or III) WAY too little RAM (likely under 100 megs, I think it said 96MB of something that wasnt even DDR LOL) I could go on and on but you get the idea of how slow this thing is, it can only run Windows 95 as well lol.
This monday I took my old Dell Optiplex GX240 over to her house and gave it to her but it has major problems connecting to the internet and even wont print and all kinds of stupid stuff like that so I decided to keep it for myself and maybe use as a server or something and buy her a whole new PC but since I'm only 15 and broke my other aunt offered to buy her a ~$700 PC.
This is what I've come up with so far, bare in mind that this is your run of the mill web browsing/email/word processing computer though I didnt want it to be THAT slow so I could occasionally play some older games on it
also I wanted to be sure it would have all the latest tech like SATA II, DDR 2 and an LGA 775 processor to facilitate futureproofing, she's likely to have this for many years to come, so without further ado:
CPU: Intel Celeron D 336 Prescott, 533MHz FSB 2.8GHz with EMT64, $73
MOBO: Asus P5PL2 Socket T (LGA775) Intel 945P/ICH7 chipset, $93
RAM: 2x512MB Corsair Valueselect DDR2 533, $84
GPU: Sapphire X1300 256MB DDR PCIe, $84
HDD: 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 SATA II, $58
PSU: SeaSonic S12-380, $72
Case: Thermaltake Soprano - Black, $75
Total: $650 including below parts
On top of that I got an LG black DVD DL burner and a Samsung floppy drive since the DVD burner is the same one I have in every computer I've built and the floppy was $6 lmao.
The reason I chose these parts is:
CPU: It was about $2 more than the 2.66GHz and only a few $ more than the 2.56, figured nobody would miss those few bucks.
MOBO: Cheapest ATX board that supported 4xDimms of DDR2 (667 at that) and a Socket T CPU
RAM: Had 2 sticks of this very RAM in my system up until 2 weeks ago, they are now in my dad's new PC
HDD: Just got 3 of those for my dad's PC and they're great
Case: Also used for my dad's PC and its dead silent and awesome looking, great build quality also.
GPU: Reviews said it could run pretty much any game out there at moderate settings, plus its PCIe and supports DVI and other new features which are nice, including SM3 etc. Also its passively cooled which equals quiet
My overall design philosophy for this build was to have a budget PC that could run the occasional game here and there and above all else be future proof, also I wanted it to be as quiet as possible without spending too much extra cash to get it there, all of my friends and family as well as those who I've build PCs for know that every computer I've build is absolutely silent or as close to it as possible without sacrificing cooling or price and its kinda become a reputation thing for me
So what do you guys think?