Help with budget build?

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    I am just starting to look for some pieces for a budget build for my father. He's pretty impatient and just called and wants to order soething in the next few days. I haven't researched since right around when Quad Cores were coming out.

    I saw another "budget" build in here recentyl and will look over that thread as well.

    Here's what is needed.
    CPU - Intel preferred. Dual/Quad either is fine.
    Mobo - inexpensive and stable - no overclocking needed.
    RAM - 2GB is enough.
    Vid card - No gaming but I think his old CRT is VGA so might need to have a DVI -> VGA adapter (unless they still make them with VGA ports :hs: )
    Power supply - just enought to run what I listed.

    He'll re-use case/dvd drive/OS (or try out Win7).

    Can this be done for ~$350?
     
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    OK, I dug up my old 7950GT KO pci-e card so he doesn't need video now.

    CPU I am leaning towards is the Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 Wolfdale 2.8GHz @ newegg for ~120.

    No idea on mobo. :hsd:

    RAM shouldn't be hard. any 2GB kit that is at least ddr2-800MHz will work.
     
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    Yeah that board should work fine. That just means it has 2 pci-e slots, 1 x16 and 1 x8
     
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    thanks.

    I'm actually thinking of switching to this board now to save some $$.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128372

    I do see some people that got DOA boards but it mostly got good reviews.
    Any opinions?
     
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    I wouldn't worry about it.....keep in mind, the few people that receive doa products are FAR more likely to leave a bad review than someone that doesn't have any problems leaving a good review.

    and even if you do have any problems w/ anything from newegg, they will definitely take care of it for you. They replaced a doa item I ordered from them no questions asked. Later found out there actually wasn't even anything wrong w/ it, the problem was being caused by something else
     
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    yeah, I ordered the cheaper mobo. Seems like it will do the job (unless it's DOA).
     
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    definitely....should be more than enough to suit your needs.

    gotta wonder how many of those doa claims were truly doa and not the result of either user error or other components. The mobo always gets blamed for everything. That item I thought was doa was actually a mobo. The PS/2 ports weren't working at all on it and I assumed it was the mobo. It actually turned out to be a bad usb cable the printer was plugged in on. For some reason it made the PS/2 ports not work on any computer it was plugged into :dunno:
     

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