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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:10 am 
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Hi all,

I'm looking to build a new machine for my folks. I'm not necessarily in the crippiling budget range, but they don't need anything special either. It will be used for extremely (and I mean extremely) light gaming, Office applications and internet. I don't want to spend more than 700 to 800 dollars on it either, and I'll need something that will last for a good 4 to 5 years (don't think what would last for a power user, their current machine is a Pentium 3 rig, 500MHz which still works just fine for them, but it died). Help me out with this, I'd appreciate it. Right now I'm seriously considering a Sempron based system.

I don't need a montior, a mouse or a keyboard.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 8:27 am 
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hmmm......probably but its still socket A and socket A is dead already. if you are gonna get a socket A cpu, then just go with the athlon xps because they dont cost that much anyway.

probably you can get them the geforce 6200 and it should be pretty good enough for them already.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 12:55 pm 
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$62 - Chaintech MK8M800 Via K8M800 Athlon 64/Sempron Skt754 DDR M-ATX Motherboard
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductLi ... 4&SortBy=A

$120 - AMD Athlon 64 2800+ Processor Socket 754
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDe ... de=80698-R

$64 - BUFFALO B-Line 184-Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 619&depa=1

not bad for under $250, that mobo has on-board video even (as well as 8x AGP just in case) should last a good while.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2005 5:03 pm 
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Note: This setup was intended to max out the $800 budget.

With that budget, you can get into S939/PCI-E territory easily, unless you want to get some remaining money off your parents.

A64 3200+ ('Chester) $190
Chaintech VNF4-Ultra $110
Leadtek 6600 $109
G.Skill Dual Channel DDR PC3200 RAM $77.32

With this, you'll probably get to use the PCI-E 6600 in a future rig for your parents.:P You get Dual Channel capabilities that's essential to S939. That leaves a little over $310 for the Case, PSU, DVD/CD opticals, and hard drive.

Seagate 120GB HDD $85
NEC 3520A $65.50

Total: $636.82 (w/o Case&PSU)

Since you have an $800 maximum, you can spend up to $163 on the case and PSU and maybe even bump up one of the components. Okay, so I under achieved, but that's a good thing in this situation, no? :)

Your folks would be amazed at how fast this thing boots up. :P

Good luck!


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It's a great thing! Thanks for all the advice guys. I'll be looking into it.


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Unless you already have a killer rig give them yours and build you AMD 64 system for the money :D


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If they don't need an extreme system then this one will be perfect for the money. All that is needed is a hard drive.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1239026&CatId=1279


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:12 pm 
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wow, that tigerdirect is a good deal! $300, Abit KV-80, Sempron 3100+,512M PC3200, all in a case w/ 425W generic.

An excellent value!


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 5:26 pm 
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doolittle wrote:
$62 - Chaintech MK8M800 Via K8M800 Athlon 64/Sempron Skt754 DDR M-ATX Motherboard
http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductLi ... 4&SortBy=A



Please stay away from Via. Also not sure I'd use a 754 processor

OCNoob wrote:
Note: This setup was intended to max out the $800 budget.


Great job not so Noob!

Liquid86 wrote:
It's a great thing! Thanks for all the advice guys. I'll be looking into it.


What do you think is dead on it? Why not build another P4 system?

Liquid, is there anything on the mobo usable? How's the processor? Ram?

I'm looking for parts, I have a pentium mobo here that I think works, but no processor. I want to make a box for a friend that can't afford one, but needs one bad.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2005 9:44 pm 
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Last year my parents were due for an upgrade (a PII-333 / iLX), spent $500 on the LCD and $400 on a cheap dell (P4 2.4g).
They were not so tech savvy, and appreciated the LCD since they are close to retirement and was easier on their eyes!

your choices really depend on if you are choosing the build based on their needs or yours.


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