Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Dwnhillracer15, Jan 22, 2008.
Im looking to get a desktop. I have a budget of <$500.
Ideas on what i should get.
what do you have that you can use to build this machine?
is this from scratch? do you have an OS? hdd's?
I just bought this with the E6550
also important is what do you really intend to use the PC for? if you are building it from scratch, your parts can make you or break you (IE gaming, designing, internet, general PC, etc)
its for school, so itll be a general pc that preferably has a duo core.
ive been thinking about just getting a dell but it seems better to build one myself so i can always upgrade parts. im just new to building a computer as far as components go.
Do you have any spare dvd rom drives or hard drives...what about a case? Are you starting completely from scratch?
i have a dvd rom and case but no hard drive
HD 250Gb Seagate $70 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148262
CPU C2D e6550 $175 - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115030
Mobo Gigabyte $100 -
Vid Card $85 (65 if you ever get rebate) -
2GB Corsair Memory - $74 (34 with rebate) -
w/o rebates: $504
w/ rebates: $444
Hopefully you can find a mouse/keyboard/monitor. If you can find a power supply great, if not 430W one for $40 bucks:
If you don't game at all could find a cheaper video card. Think all that is pretty good for ~$500.
Its a dell...
Glad I could help
does it need to include a monitor/keyboard/mouse?
well here a list w/o
mobo: GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz
memory: mushkin 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
GPU: MSI NX8600GT-TD512EZ GeForce 8600GT 512MB
HDD: Western Digital Caviar SE WD2500AAJS 250GB
PSU: COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 ATX12V V2.3 460W
520,94 exl rebates
500,94 inc rebates
if your not a gamer at all you could swap the gfx for something like: EVGA 256-P2-N733-LR GeForce 8400GS 256MB for a total of 463,94 (453,94 inc rebates).
how flexible is that <$500 budget?
just want to make sure that you do realize that the dell already includes the monitor and a legit OS.
yea im not planning on gaming on it...never really got into it
its pretty flexible but i dont need to buy a keyboard, mouse, monitor or OS. just the mainframe components basically
Hard Drive: Seagate 7200.10 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s - $65.99
Power Supply: Antec earthwatts 430W Power Supply - $54.99 ($30MIR)
RAM: G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) - $39.99
Motherboard: ASRock ConRoe1333-D667 R1.0 Micro - $54.99
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 Conroe 2.66GHz Dual-Core - $189.99
Total before Mail in Rebates (MIR) = $405.95
Total after MIRs = $375.95
The onboard graphics on the motherboard are more than enough for your needs. It is the same my girlfriend has and she loves it. She does however play older non-graphic intense games like RollerCoaster Tycoon.
If you do decide you want a graphics card you will still be under your budget:
EVGA GeForce 8600GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 - $94.99
Which would give you a total of:
$470.94 after MIRs and $500.94 before MIRs
(All prices from newegg.com)
im gonna get a graphics card but nothing for intense gaming. ill use it more for picture/video editing so what does OT recommend?
As far as picture editing I don't think a graphics card would be necessary but don't know for video. I suggest either an eVGA, XFX, or BFG (in that order) GeForce 8600GT with GDDR3 memory. Though I think it would be overkill, it also wouldn't really worth the savings to get anything less.
I have an eVGA 8600GT 256MB GDDR3 card priced and linked in my build suggestion post.
what does OT think about todays woot?
Not bad price for a ~$1,000 retail system.
Only noticable downside is there isn't much room for expansion cards. Just 1 PCI-Ex1 slot available.
what about components listed?
do you think they would meet/exceed my requirements?
would it be a good idea just to pick this up for the $200+ over my budget?