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Old August 1st, 2012, 05:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am supposed to be getting a parts list together for a build. With my company shutting down and the chaos that follows I have been 'up a creek'

I was wondering if someone (if they have time), could put together a build. The whole 9 yards, case psu, cpu, etc and post the links to it?

microcenter and/or newegg is the route i am thinking, the only objective is for it to be as cheap as humanly possible.

It is for a good friends younger kids to access internet only

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For the sake of clarity, you're talking about a computer, right?

There are so many possible combinations of components, and constantly changing inventory and prices that it's asking a lot for someone to select every single part for you. I'll be happy to make some suggestions though.

If I didn't have the large inventory of computer parts that I have at home, I'd go to NewEgg and look for a cheap barebones package. Look for sales. Once you've gotten the barebones system, then you will need to find a CPU and RAM that work with the motherboard inside. Many of the newer motherboards have a built-in video adapter that may be all that's needed for Internet access, so you can skip the video adapter card to save money if yours has onboard video. Again, look for sales for the CPU, RAM, HD and optical drive.

Depending on the specs of the barebones computer, I'd spend $100-200 (less for AMD) for the CPU, as little as possible to get 4GiB of RAM (2 will do) rated at the maximum supported (normal, not tweaked) clock frequency, <$100 for at least a 1TB HD and ~$50 for a DVD-RW drive, keyboard and mouse. I like to buy monitors locally, so I can swap them quickly if there are too many bad pixels etc. Prices are roughly $120 and up. If you want Windows, another $100+ for Windows 7.

Or you could go to the local Wal-Mart and buy a complete PC with similar specs for the same amount of money or less. The only reason why I do custom builds any more is when there's a special need that no turnkey PC supports.
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For the sake of clarity, you're talking about a computer, right?

There are so many possible combinations of components, and constantly changing inventory and prices that it's asking a lot for someone to select every single part for you. I'll be happy to make some suggestions though.

If I didn't have the large inventory of computer parts that I have at home, I'd go to NewEgg and look for a cheap barebones package. Look for sales. Once you've gotten the barebones system, then you will need to find a CPU and RAM that work with the motherboard inside. Many of the newer motherboards have a built-in video adapter that may be all that's needed for Internet access, so you can skip the video adapter card to save money if yours has onboard video. Again, look for sales for the CPU, RAM, HD and optical drive.

Depending on the specs of the barebones computer, I'd spend $100-200 (less for AMD) for the CPU, as little as possible to get 4GiB of RAM (2 will do) rated at the maximum supported (normal, not tweaked) clock frequency, <$100 for at least a 1TB HD and ~$50 for a DVD-RW drive, keyboard and mouse. I like to buy monitors locally, so I can swap them quickly if there are too many bad pixels etc. Prices are roughly $120 and up. If you want Windows, another $100+ for Windows 7.

Or you could go to the local Wal-Mart and buy a complete PC with similar specs for the same amount of money or less. The only reason why I do custom builds any more is when there's a special need that no turnkey PC supports.
Sorry I wasn't more specific, lol. Yes a PC

And I'm talking 40(ish) for a CPU, a 160gb HDD, etc...

I'm looking for a complete package for around 200 bucks (if possible).
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Take a look at this. Just something I threw together really quick trying to go as cheap as possible.
Note that this is just the computer. No mouse, keyboard, monitor, software etc.
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That is perfect! Thanks Babyface
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One more thing I just noticed, that power supply only has one SATA power connector. So you would have to buy a molex to SATA adapter because both the optical drive and HDD use SATA power connectors. $5 at most.
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Another note, $3 more can get you 4gigs of ram. If it's not too late
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Another note, $3 more can get you 4gigs of ram. If it's not too late

Oh, I didn't notice. Thanks!

And no its not too late. I been so swamped lately I haven't even got past the 'check this out' phases of the build. I'm thinking I should be able to nail down a dual-core for the same price as well.
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OK, then what's your budget now?

Let me know and I can see what I can piece together for you.
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OK, then what's your budget now?

Let me know and I can see what I can piece together for you.
Its for a co-workers kids. Teenage and little younger (i think)

Really just as cheap as possible without making it unable to surf semi smoothly.
No more than 300 I am thinking but the cheaper the better (we're Comair employees http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/28/business/comair-regional-delta-carrier-will-close-in-september.html)
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