|12-03-2006, 10:09 PM||#1|
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Basic Build Suggestions/Lists ?
I have done alot of research and reading about building my dream gaming PC, but I now have a question about any suggestions any of you may have for a basic build?
I am planning on building a PC for my wifes parents as thier PC is OLD!!!! My budget would be around $500.00.
This will not include monitor/keyboard/mouse etc. Just CPU and OS.
Would it be prudent to purchase a "barebones" sysytem from newegg and add to it or to just build the entire thing from scratch?
They will use the PC for mosyly email, photo sharing and editing (grandkids) and basic word documets and some music.
Thank you in advance for any suggestions, tips, advice or lists you guys come up with for me!!!
Looked at dell and built this unit but thought could do better for less??? ($650.00 price)
Intel® Celeron® D Processor 325 (2.53 GHz, 533 FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition
MEMORY 1GB Dual Channel DDR SDRAM at 400MHz
HARD DRIVE 160GB Ultra ATA/100 7200RPM Hard Drive
OPTICAL DRIVE Single Drive: 16X CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/double layer write capability
MONITORS No Monitor
SPEAKERS Dell A225 Speakers
KEYBOARD & MOUSE Dell USB Keyboard and Dell 2-button Scroll Mouse
FLOPPY & MEDIA READER 3.5 in Floppy Drive
PRODUCTIVITY Microsoft Works Suite 2006 - Includes MICROSOFT WORD plus much more! edit
Video Cards Integrated Intel® Extreme Graphics 2
Sound Integrated 2.0 Channel Audio
Modem 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
Mouse Mouse included in Wireless, Laser or Bluetooth Package
Adobe Software Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 7.0
Network Interface Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
Miscellaneous Award Winning Service & Support
Last edited by bourque; 12-03-2006 at 10:23 PM.
|12-03-2006, 11:10 PM||#2|
For that budget, Dell is the best way to go. With a $500 budget, and $90 used by Windows, that is a tight margin for hardware. And for the uses you mentioned, they don't need any extra power. A basic Dell like that one you mentioned is more then enough. Check out the Dell Outlet for even cheaper systems.
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|12-04-2006, 12:00 AM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2005
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If you do go the Dell route, don't forget to check out some deals/coupon sites for coupons. I've had good luck with xpbargains.com.
People have been known to negotiate slightly better prices when ordering over the phone.
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|12-04-2006, 10:18 AM||#4|
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Kaneohe, Hawaii
With a budget of $500 you're better off getting a DELL than trying to build a budget box. If the $500 has to include the OS, monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers the rest of the components inside the computer itself are either going to be older technology or cheap, very low quality parts.
When I do a "budget" build I know I'm looking at around $650 just for the components for the computer and the OS. I leave the monitor, keyboard, mouse and speakers up to the owner.
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