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Ok, I am thinking about building a computer for my friend because all he has is a laptop in which the graphics card is pretty much burnt out (works ok for normal stuff, but lags way more that it used to when it was new). He likes to game when he gets the chance, but with his laptop, he really can't. I am trying to create a super low budget build here.

Here is what I have so far

Case:
Antec Aria LS-968

That is about it. I do have a older motherboard and processor, but I don't think they would be of good use for modern games.

Motherboard:
Asus P4P800-VM - AGP gpu instead of PCI-e

and I believe this is the CPU
Old P4

I don't know if it would be a good idea to reuse those parts, but if it will cut costs..... Right now, I have no budget because I have not heard from him what he can afford. So any suggestions for builds, keep them as low price possible while still keeping the parts of good quality manufacturers.

I appreciate any help you can give, thanks.
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What's your budget? I specced a decent $425 build using a really nice combo on Newegg.

Mobo+CPU+RAM+GPU+HDD+heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.304695
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Corsair%20400W
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product
DVD drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-289-_-Product[/QUOTE]
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What's your budget? I specced a decent $425 build using a really nice combo on Newegg.

Mobo+CPU+RAM+GPU+HDD+heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.304695
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Corsair%20400W
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product
DVD drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-289-_-Product

Damn it, I could have saved a client a good bit of money with that combo!!!
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dude look at craigslist in your local area then buy a video card
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129
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What's your budget? I specced a decent $425 build using a really nice combo on Newegg.

Mobo+CPU+RAM+GPU+HDD+heatsink:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboB...t=Combo.304695
PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...Corsair%20400W
Case:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-070-_-Product
DVD drive:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-289-_-Product

Wow, that is a really nice combo. Unfortunately I do not know what my budget is until I hear back from my friend. I may be able to cut the DVD drive from my budget because I might give him one of the 2 in my sig b/c ive been thinking of getting a Bluray/DVD combo drive. If possible, I would like reuse the case I listed, but its ok if we cant.
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You should be able to reuse the case as long as it's ATX and can fit an mATX mobo. Cutting the Antec 200 and the DVD drive cuts it down to $350--AMAZING deal for him.
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You should be able to reuse the case as long as it's ATX and can fit an mATX mobo. Cutting the Antec 200 and the DVD drive cuts it down to $350--AMAZING deal for him.

The case is mATX only. Check out the link I put up for it in the OP.
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If you have only an mATX case to work with, you could try the Foxconn G31MV-K and an e3200. That will run you $80 bucks or so. (Recommendation if you get this motherboard, is do not let windows update the Onboard LAN drivers. Its a nightmare to fix. Had to get one's from Realtek themselves.)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...=foxconn%20g31
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116265

Edit: Price went up on that e3200, was $45 on special last time I saw it, so $90 or so for both.

I only say this because I have just built a pc on a budget for my girlfriends parents. I was dissappointed with it a stock clocks (because the vid of the chip we received was 1.34 :S) but it OC'd to 3Ghz with no voltage increase, and became quite responsive for what it is. Passes LinX testing (20 loops) w/o a problem, and temps never go over 53C with stock cooler. I can run benchies if anyone would like (since I have it until after finals week
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The system in the combo should fit into that case.
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The system in the combo should fit into that case.
The PSU and CPU cooler will not. I can tell you that. Unfortunatly there is very little room in the case.
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For the combo that was shown, I have to give the cooling unit a good 9/10. That's a damn good fan. keeps my CPU a good 4-5*C cooler alone, mind you that's also OCed to 3.46ghz. Minor but 5*c is a decent amount when you think about it. It'd probly do more if I had turned it so that it blew upwards instead of down. XD

But no that's a hell of a combo. Holy crap... I'm gonna use that combo for my little bro...


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It's rare that a PSU is too big. they're all about the same size, some are just a little wider than others by a matter of a few millimeters. Oh and the heatsink/fan isn't as big as people say. In fact it was smaller than I was expecting.
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For the combo that was shown, I have to give the cooling unit a good 9/10. That's a damn good fan. keeps my CPU a good 4-5*C cooler alone, mind you that's also OCed to 3.46ghz. Minor but 5*c is a decent amount when you think about it. It'd probly do more if I had turned it so that it blew upwards instead of down. XD

But no that's a hell of a combo. Holy crap... I'm gonna use that combo for my little bro...


::EDIT::

It's rare that a PSU is too big. they're all about the same size, some are just a little wider than others by a matter of a few millimeters. Oh and the heatsink/fan isn't as big as people say. In fact it was smaller than I was expecting.

No, trust me, neither will fit. Im actually not even sure the PSU in that case can be replaced with any normal sized PSU and it would have to be a mATX psu. also, the enclosure for the HDD and optical drive sits directly over the CPU, and pretty much the whole system. The stock CPU cooler barely fits. there is less than an inch of clearance.
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