Help me build a computer for $500

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  1. Gundam

    Gundam Tell Drama he's on my to do list, right after inse

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    My friend's parents want me to build them a computer for $1000. I figure $400 will go towards a 17" lcd, and $100 for a new printer. That leaves $500 for everything else. I'm not up to date with the latest hardware, so I don't really know where to start. They won't be using the computer to play games, so some money can be saved there.
     
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    maczter Life is trying things to see if they work.

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    AzNpOwEr It's sunny out....

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    Just remember the OS is extra...
     
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    What exactly are they going to use the machine for? Do you really need to spend almost half of it on a monitor?

    I second the Dell recommendation unless you really want to build it yourself.

    Check out www.gotapex.com for deals on Dells. You can can get a pretty decent desktop machine for about $500.

    CM.
     
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    If you want it built, I think some part recommendations from various posters would be pretty good, and getting them from NewEgg has always been good for me. I actually just purchased a new setup for roughly $543.46. I think that $400 on a monitor is a bit steep, though. A nice 17" CRT would do just fine and wouldn't cost nearly as much. I guess I'll go first for the parts recommendation:

    ABIT "KV7" KT600 Motherboard ~ $63
    AMD Athlon XP 2700+ 333 Mhz FSB 256K Cache (Roughly between a Pentium 4 2.6Ghz B and a Pentium 2.4 Ghz C) ~ $99
    512MB DDR 400 (PC-2300) Crucial RAM ~ $89
    ATI Radeon 9600XT 128MB DDR 128-Bit 8x AGP ~ $163
    Samsung 160GB 7200RPM 8MB Cache Ultra ATA 133 Hard Drive ~ $112
    Samsung CD-R Writer 52x,23x,52x ~ $28
    Antec 400W PSU ~ $70

    I may have forgotten some components there, but I guess you can pick those out. I know it's over $500 by a little, but that 17" LCD just seems like it's pushing it.
     
  7. Gundam

    Gundam Tell Drama he's on my to do list, right after inse

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    Well the thing is they want an LCD screen. They will not be playing any games on the computer. It will be mainly for office use.
     
  8. Slid.

    Slid. I'm a guy.

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    You could easily get a nice dell with LCD and printer all in the same order for under $1000. Check there.

    Nowadays when it comes to surfing and office use you can't really beat pre-built prices.
     
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    AzNpOwEr It's sunny out....

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    yeah i know
     
  10. cjz

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    Get a Dell. Unless you want to provide them with tech/warranty support.
     
  11. Poon

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    hey try these things

    ASUS "A7N8X-E Deluxe" $95
    AMD Athlon XP 2500+ "Barton", 333 FSB, 512K Cache Processor - Retail $ 80
    ASUS ATI RADEON 9550, 128MB DDR, 128-Bit, DVI/TV-Out, 8X AGP, Model "A9550GE/TD/128" -RETAIL $ 95

    Mushkin 184 Pin 512MB DDR PC-3200 - Retail $ 80
    Hitachi 80GB 7200RPM SATA $ 70
    Lite-On 52X32X52 CD-RW $27
    Case for $40+

    Total for $487
     
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