Damn, making a low cost PC is hard. -$300, anyone?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by FreeSpace, Mar 3, 2005.

  1. FreeSpace

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    What a pain in the ass. Right when you think you have it, you go over budget. A friend of a friend needs this thing badly, she's very poor.

    So far, this is the basic setup:

    Sempron 2200+ Retail:

    http://www.pcdirectsource.com/Item.cfm?ID=1638Chaintech 7NIL1 motherboard (I have one os these myself, it rocks):

    Chaintech 7NIL1 motherboard (I have one of these myself, it rocks. Fast, stable, full of features, and cheap.):

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=13-152-024&depa=1

    Sapphire Radeon 9000 64MB Card:

    http://www.allstarshop.com/shop/simprod.asp?pid=5462&ad=pwatch

    Kingston ValueRAM 256MB PC3200:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=20-141-425&depa=1

    AMS Gigastar Case:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-180-025&depa=1

    Sparkle 300W PSU:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=17-103-483&depa=1

    Asus 52x32x52 CD-RW Drive w/ QuietTrack:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=27-135-027&depa=1

    Alps 3.5" Floppy Drive:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=21-103-301&depa=1

    One Generic 80mm Fan:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=11-999-031&depa=1

    Samsung 80GB 7200/2MB HD:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=22-152-010&depa=1

    3Net 56K Modem:

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDesc.asp?description=25-137-102&depa=0

    Out of all the builds I've ever configured, this one was by far the hardest. It's so hard to get cheap shit that doesn't suck...
     
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  2. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    :squint: I don't see an OS.
     
  3. FreeSpace

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    You shouldn't. She's providing one.
     
  4. crontab

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    Won't used PC's be cheaper? If she plans just to do some word processing and internet browsing, you can get great used pc's for $300.

    I'm looking to sell my old dell 600 mhz optiplex for $100 and a athlon 1.4 for $200.
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    If you build your friend a piece of shit PC, you're going to get the blame when it fucks up.
     
  6. FreeSpace

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    I'm holding off on the shit parts with this one.
     
  7. tzedek

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    dont buy a 56k modem. If you dont have one laying around find someone to give you one. Max will send you one for free i bet
     
  8. Muchacho_Gasolino

    Muchacho_Gasolino New Member

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    get her 512mb of ram at least or she will hate her comp
    and in a $300 situation i suggest looking for a cheap already put together comp
    kinda hard to beat the wholesale discounts when you get in this price range
    and i still would reccomend getting an older geforce or ATi card instead of that whatever it is
    support is going to be way better
     
  9. FreeSpace

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    I'm going to be tweaking the config tonight, I have been waiting a bit. Wish me luck ;).
     
  10. tzedek

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    If shes not a gamer just go with onboard video :dunno: Or i have a 2x agp rage pro 8mb i can send ya for free bro.
     
  11. FreeSpace

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    I got her a Radeon 9000 Pro.

    Of course, I could always build her a system with some parts I have lying around...I have an 8MB Rage Pro, and an ASRock mobo. My TNT2 is mine, my first 3D card means a lot to me.
     
  12. Sanc7ified

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    just becouse its low end doesnt mean its a peice of shit, as long as she keeps it viruse/adware/spyware clean is should be ok
     
  13. FreeSpace

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    Finally. Someone who isn't like "LOL OMG IT SUXX."
     
  14. WannaZO6

    WannaZO6 There are 10 types of people in the world, the one

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    i always recommend dell in these situations, if you watch the deals they can get something very similar to that or better for around $300 and they get the warranty, that means you are not their tech support

    shit if you wait long enough you may be able to get a 15" flat panel with the computer for around $400, dell practically gives those away
     
  15. bilmind

    bilmind Licka' Licka' High

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    I recommend dell as well with something like this.
     
  16. FreeSpace

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    Dell = Shit support.

    I build and support all of my own systems. I'm building my first one for a friend in a few weeks.

    Got a problem? I'll be right there, and fix it for you.
     
  17. Rob

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    That is a great idea if you like supporting all of your freinds problems 24/7, then all of their friends when they find out you are good with comptuers. Then eventualy people who you have never met are calling you asking for computer help.

    Then you start to question why you didnt just tell them to buy a Dell and stick them with the semi decent support.
     
  18. DaIceMan

    DaIceMan Jack Bauer > *.*

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    THE SCREEN SAVERS at 7:00pm ET: We build the cheapest possible PC that can still capably run Windows XP or Linux -- for $112.

    I just got that in my Screen Savers newsletter earlier today.
     
  19. tzedek

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    :werd: happens to me all the time :mad:
     
  20. FreeSpace

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    I'm selective with who I build them for. Only tech-savvy close friends.
     
  21. FreeSpace

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    In that price range, you are talking a Via C3 board, 128 RAM, a 20GB HD, and integrated everything at best.
     

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