Best Budget Componentry?

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  1. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    Looking to spend less than $250 on a mobo, proc, and 512MB RAM which will run healthy off a 250W ATX PSU. This doesn't need to be anything spectacular, its just to upgrade my mom's P3-667Mhz system to something a little more stable under XP Pro and Office 2003. All my system building experience has been with Intel processors and Intel chipsets, but I'm not sure if they're the best in the budget category anymore like when the celerons first came out.

    Anyone that can point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated, I haven't built a truly "budget box" in a long-ass time :hs: -- the system will have carryover optical and hard drives, as well as possibly some PCI add-ons (wireless lan card, firewire, sound/video if not found onboard.)
     
  2. autox

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    im on my way to that. I gotta biostar mcn7d(whatver it is)pro mobo probly gonna go with athlon 2500 pcu, and not sure about ram yet. so far
    mobo 50 bucks
    pcu- will be less than 100
    ram-will be less than 80
    so under 250:)
     
  3. BlazinBlazer Guy

    BlazinBlazer Guy Witness to The De-Evolution of Mankind.

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    how are the biostar/athlon combos for reliability? I need this thing to be as rock-solid as possible (for as much as you can call a windows box "reliable" :rofl: )
     
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    anybody else have input? :hs:
     
  5. DrK_Mrk_iV

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    Any asus/abit/msi motherboard in the 50-60 dollar range from newegg is rocksolid. I have used them all. Probably a generic stick of pc-2100 from newegg as well for about 55 bucks. Get a 1700+ for about 50. You have about 100 bucks to play with, so work on the motherboard. If you want the best bang for the buck-go with amd.
     
  6. Blindsight

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    Abit NF7 $82
    AMD Barton 2500 Retail $90
    Kingmax 256MB PC2700 (qty two) $87

    = $259 w/free shipping from newegg

    Enjoy
     
  7. Blindsight

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    Or if you want to be like me:

    Abit NF7-S $106
    AMD Althon 1800 $52 (you have to buy HSF seperately though)
    Kingmax 256MB PC2700RAM (qty two) $87

    = $245 + whatever it costs for a HSF
     
  8. DrK_Mrk_iV

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    Also, are you in to overclocking? The 1800's from newegg are getting speeds around 2.5-2.6 ghz, but you would need some better cooling and faster ram.
     
  9. Mugatu

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    Check out Fry's (if there's one in your area) for weekly specials

    they had XP 2000+ and motherboard for about $90 last week and ram is fairly cheap - what you want to do is no problem at all IMO (but I would think about spending some of that money on an upgraded PSU)
     

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