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carl4286

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#1 13 years ago

I have been given the tedious (not really) task of designing and building a new PC for my friends family to replace their current AMD K6 266MHz computer with a 14GB hard drive and 60 (???)MB of PC100 RAM. They are only willing to spend $500 including shipping and my labor. The computer will be used mainly for internet surfing (on a dial-up connection) and for viewing and storing photos. So far this is what I have: Stuff that will not change: Foxconn Black/Silver steel ATX Mid-Tower case with 300W PSU $39 Microsoft Windows XP Home w/ SP2 - OEM $88.95 Stuff that I don't really want to change: Intel Socket T (LGA775) 915G ATX motherboard $106 The rest: PNY Optima 512MB (2x256) DDR2 PC2-4300 (533MHz) $47.91 Intel Celeron D 335J Prescott 2.8GHz w/ 533MHz FSB $89.99 Western Digital Caviar 80GB 7200RPM SATA150 hdd $54 LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM $19.99 Thermaltake 90mm silent cooling fan $7.49 Sub-Total: $453.33 Shipping: $33.28 Total: $486.61 With this system, I would charge them $500 even and for my troubles I would keep the (quite measly) $13.39 left over. Do you guys see any ways of cutting costs without sacraficing performance? Any general feedback at all about that system is welcome. Thanks.




Pethegreat VIP Member

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#2 13 years ago

Use the stock fan insted of the thermaltake one, and save a few bucks;) That is not bad if all they want is internet surfing and photo storage.




t0m

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#3 13 years ago

Motherboard-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813186029 $3.99 FedEx Saver Shipping -$59.99 Processor-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104210 $1.99 FedEx Saver Shipping -$71.00 RAM-http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820236109 $3.83 FedEx Saver Shipping -$43.31 Yes the processor sucks, but you wouldnt need much more that that if all you're going to do with the pc is just use the Internet and edit documents. Besides, you make more commission ;)




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#4 13 years ago
carl4286

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#5 13 years ago

That price doesn't include a case, a power supply, shipping, and the operating system... it also uses single channel RAM instead of dual, and the processor isn't enough of an improvement over my celeron to account for all that stuff. All that stuff adds another $150, which makes it also more expensive and way over their $500 budget. @Pet- The thermaltake fan is an exhaust fan... I'm still gonna use the stock heatsink/fan. Thanks for the reccomendations t0m... that system doesn't perform quite as well, but it will save me (them) a ton of money.




*The.Doctor

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#6 13 years ago

Chaintech SK8T800 Socket 754 Motherboard $47.50 AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Newcastle $125.00 Corsair Value Select DDR400 512MB $40.25 MSI Geforce FX5200 128MB $38.00 Western Digital Caviar SE 80GB $54.00 Windows XP $88.95 Your case $39.00 Your CD Drive: $19.9 Fan: $7.49 Total Before shipping: $460.00 I know that you want to keep your intel system, but that AMD should give better overall system peformance with its higher FSB and double the L2 cache over the celeron, dual channel ram will not really make much of a difference for all they will be using it for. Or if you want to still do intel i can look up some stuff for that if you want.




carl4286

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#7 13 years ago

All things considered, that looks like a pretty good system. I just wish they had that motherboard with integrated video, so I could drop the FX5200 (they should be fine with integrated if its for photo viewing and web surfing) and then I could have my dual channel RAM. Thanks for the help.




*The.Doctor

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#8 13 years ago

Yeah i checked to see if they had anything that cheap with integrated but i can't find any... but don't worry about dual channel if you happen to get that Athlon, those old ones don't support it. but its not a big deal like it is for a intel. On way to look at is, without the integrated, they will get the full 512MB Ram.




t0m

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#9 13 years ago
RemanWarbirdYeah i checked to see if they had anything that cheap with integrated but i can't find any... but don't worry about dual channel if you happen to get that Athlon, those old ones don't support it. but its not a big deal like it is for a intel. On way to look at is, without the integrated, they will get the full 512MB Ram.

No offense, but I dont see a family which likes to browse the net, create simple documents, and view photos, needing a 64 bit system.




Hmmmdonut

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#10 13 years ago

ECS 780GX-M Socket 754= $50 AMD sempron 2600+= $65 Samsung Spinpoint 200gb= $100 Corsair value ram 1x512= $40 SONY Model: DWQ28A combo drive: $43 = $300 For teh win. :tup: Pocket the extra $80 winkx.gif A family PC needs storage more than anything else. For some strange reason. I can insert links into my post. Weird.




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