Cheap computer build

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  1. fknfast

    fknfast Coming to a QB near you

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    This is going to be for my mom. she doesnt need anything special really just storage for pictures and good amount of memory. Figure I would go ahead and do a cheap core 2 duo. Can you guys build anything cheaper with around the same specs?

    She just needs a new computer badly.

    edit: she doesnt need any cd/dvd drives (i have them already). She can use onboard sound and video from the mobo so no sound or video cards needed either.

    BIOSTAR 945GC Micro 775 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813138089
    $48.99


    COOLER MASTER Elite RC-330-KKR1 Black Computer Case
    Item #:N82E16811119118
    $49.99

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 2.2GHz LGA 775 65W Processor
    Item #:N82E16819115031
    $124.99


    Kingston 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Memory
    Item #:N82E16820134046
    $38.991

    Western Digital Caviar SE 160GB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    Item #:N82E16822136075
    $49.99

    Grand Total:$312.95
     
  2. dorkultra

    dorkultra OT's resident crohns dude OT Supporter

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    thats pretty cheap, dang i'm tempted to pull the trigger
     
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    im going to buy it tomorrow, just getting OT's opinion
     
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    Also, I dont know if it was by choice or luck, but that is an excellent choice for a hard drive
     
  6. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Good choices, but you could change two things ftw.

    The new E2100 series is still core architecture, but with 1mb of cache.

    The E2180 is 2ghz, and only $90 bucks shipped.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052

    And the 945 chipset board you have picked out is a seriously old chipset.

    Better to go with the newer Intel 965 board. It's a mile ahead of that MSI board, has the newer GMA X3000 onboard graphics that are DX10 ready for $61 shipped. It comes with firewire, a ton of usb connectors, and 6 onboard sata connectors. Even the onboard audio rocks. 8 channel ftmfw.
    I'm using that exact same board for my backup computer with an E6600, and it runs absolutely, no ifs ands or butts about it, flawlessly.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813121080R

    It will run flawlessly, and you'll never notice the .2ghz difference in speed.
    Plus you'll save $25.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    There's a few people around here who have posted some seriously negative comments about Rosewill.
    I might trust a mid-range case with no psu, but that's about it.
     
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    can someone explain how the amd processor doc posted compares to the c2d?
    i know they are both dual core, but other than that i'm always lost when it comes to comparing amd and intel
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    You mean the one that Chris posted?

    Dollar for dollar, the amd's have been faster at the lower price ranges.

    But the new E2100 series that I linked, changes that a bit.

    I found a benchmark recently that showed the E2160 (1.8ghz?) was faster than the Athlon 64 X2 3800. So I think the E2180 will be faster than the X2 4000 by a bit.
     
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    Wow I might do this. If the mobo is that much better! Like i said though, this is going to be for my mom and she doesn't need a lot (so cheap + decent = good).
     
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    oh yeah, my bad. but really, that amd + board combo is cheap, just over $100. thats pretty awesome.
     
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    There are also people who have posted negative comments about coolermaster powersupplies. Neither one is a top tier supplier, you get what you pay for.

    At least the Rosewell has a few more amps on the 12v rails where you need it.

    The filters on the Rosewell case will help keep the insides clean but you have to remember to clean them out once in awhile.
     
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    Best desktop board I've used.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Good performance for the money, for sure.

    Tough to beat that Intel board for the money though.

    I paid $130 for mine when they first came out.
     
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    Yeah, there are other boards too at raound the same price, I just picked the Gigabyte because all the Gigabytes Ive ever had were flawless. There are a couple Asus, Biostar, and MSI boards to pick from too
     
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    no overclocking though :hsd:

    not that it matters for him though
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, I know. I always wanted to look for a hacked bios for it, but at the end of the day the E6600 is faster than what I need anyway.
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    That's a really well done build guide right there. Very common for that site too. That and Xbit labs are the two places I always look for in benchmarks.
     
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    so if i get the "open box" mobo will it come with the cd and whatnot to install it?
     
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    The open box stuff will only be the cd and back plate, if i'm not mistaken.

    The cd wouldn't be a problem though, because you could download the full driver set at Intel.

    http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/dg965ot/tools.htm
     
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    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    And if you can't find the drivers in that link, I'll upload mine.

    I copied the driver disc to my hard drive, and I run them from Alcohol 120%.

    It works better than off of the dvd that way.
     
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    this is going to sound retarded but it comes with the cables and all right?

    [​IMG]
     

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