Whats the best damn computer I can get for 400 bucks?

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  1. HellWorld

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    I just need a computer, no monitor or anything else. Is it better to build or get one from Dell or what? I don't play games at all, but I run alot of programs, so I might want to put a gig or ram.
     
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    You can get a very decent Socket 754 setup for $400.

    If you can do without keyboard mouse and OS (use Linux or something) you could easily do this.
     
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    A gig of RAM runs you about $80. Proc + mobo around $200. You can save some money by looking into one of the ATI integrated graphics solutions. I don't *think* nVidia has released an integrated GPU since the nForce2. (By the way, I use that setup -- EPoX nForce2 board with integrated GPU. This would definitely save you some bucks.)

    I wouldn't cheap out on the case/power supply either. I've been very pleased with Antec cases, and you can get a decent one from $60 to $80 bucks.

    Newegg is not *the* cheapest, but I've always had good service.
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    At that low of a price, you're probably looking at buying a no-monitor computer from a brand-name company instead of building one from scratch. We puny consumers simply can't get the same price breaks on parts that the big companies can.

    Maybe you could get an IT guy at your work to build you one with parts they ordered in the company's name, but you still paid for with your own money.
     
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    Total $395 (Add shipping to that of course) - Case is free shipping thank GOD! lol.

    Now, this was done in 5 minutes, and i am POSITIVE you can get better hardware or just get it cheaper and save some money and still stay under $400. This is of course without an OS (use linux?)

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16819104226 - $65 2600+
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813127178 - $76 ABIT KV8 PRO
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16820237111 - $78 Centon 2*512MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16811144077 - $52 Case and PSU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814166003 - $54 9550 128MB
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827131407 - $20 DVD-ROM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822152023 - $50 40GB Samsung HDD

    Since you don't game, get a $20 vid card and save some cash. Or get a 2800+ processor. You could also get a bigger/better HDD possibly, or more RAM. Find some deals online im sure there are plenty to save u a few dollars here and there. Newegg is jsut my base price site lol.
     
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    Meh for $400 I would just buy a loss leader system from a retail store or watch Dell for a sale.
     
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    For integrated video on Socket 754 there's ATi Radeon Express and SiS 760 GX. And VIA which, imo, should be avoided at all costs. I have been a fan of SiS chipsets myself ever since the 735 for Socket A, so I would choose the 760GX. In fact my main computer which I'm typing this on has a 760GX inside :) I wish Newegg would have had the Asus board a month ago especially since it's cheaper than the AOpen one I got. Oh well.

    Here is one for you to consider, items from Newegg.com:

    AMD Sempron 2800+ Palermo 800MHz FSB Socket 754 Processor Model SDA2800BABOX - Retail
    $82.00

    ASUS K8S-MX Socket 754 SiS 760 GX Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
    $66.00

    CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM DDR 400 (PC 3200)
    $102.00

    Antec Solution SLK1650B Black Steel ATX Mini Tower Computer Case 350W Power Supply $65.00

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 ST3160021A 160GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive - OEM REFURBISHED
    $57.60

    ASUS Black IDE DVD Burner Model DVD-E616P3BLK - Retail
    $26.50

    Total: $399.10

    Unfortunately the shipping will push that a bit over $400. Depends on whether you can stretch that or not whether something would have to be cut/downgraded. Probably the only way I'd suggest doing that would be to drop to a Sempron 2600+. None of the other parts will get cheaper except by seriously downgrading them.

    Note that the Asus board is a micro, but everything you need is already on it, so not all that likely you'd need more than the two PCI slots it offers. It should be a very good part otherwise, and there's little else near its price that I would recommend at all.

    What you might also want to consider is instead of getting 1GB of RAM you could get 512MB Corsair Value for $45.25, and upgrade from the Sempron to a significantly faster Athlon64 2800+ Newcastle chip. The reason I say that is 512MB is still a pretty sizeable amount of RAM, unless you are doing some really hardcore work in Photoshop or that kind of thing. And if you find yourself running out it's very simple to just drop in another 512 or 1024, whereas the processor you are going to be kinda stuck with.
     
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    Thanks guys, Yeah I might just go along with the newegg.com and maybe check out pricewatch. Since I don't game I might search ebay for a voodoo 5 and pick one up for 20 bucks. I have an outside burner, so I wont need a cd rom/ burner also. So it might go below 400.
     
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    I used to do the "build your own system" routine years ago. Too much work and time involved getting the thing installed/setup IMO. I recommend just buying a pre-built system (ie: Dell) especially since you're not a gamer. I notice most people who budget for building their computer never factor in price of OS and other software. You buy a pre-built and the price of software is already factored in and overall the system is still reasonably cheap.
     
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    That's the joy of gettin a computer and building it yourself, you don't need to buy and operating system and software most of the time.

    Linux or other opensource/free operating system
    OpenOffice (does everything that Microsoft Office does)
    Firefox (IE substitute)
    Thunderbird (Outlook substitute)
    AVG (AntiVirus softwaree)

    Total: $0.00 - You can get so much for free now-a-days lol.
     
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    babygodzilla I love rice

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    do you guys like monarch computers?
     
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    yup, the site right? they were one of the first to pre-sell Venice and SanDiego chips. i consider them trustworthy.
     
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    I've bought from Monarch before, pretty good place.
     

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