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Budget Build; The Sub $800 System
rroguee 
8/9/08 1:34:37 PM
Primarch

Ok well a friend of mine is looking to upgrade his PC, which is I don't know how old, but suffice to say, everything about it is made of fail right now.

He needs a whole new system, and since I can't think of anything he can keep from his old one (CRT Monitor, PS/2 KB / Mouse, Speakers) I have to try to fit all the other stuff in whilst still building him a system he can keep for 2, 3 or even 4 years down the track.

Primary focus is on stability, as he's not really very computer literate, I don't want to overclock or do anything that's likely to require me going back to fit it.

I was looking at something like this (Prices from MSY):

Mobo: Gigabyte EP31-DS3L = $78
CPU: Intel C2D e5200 = $117
RAM: 2GB Kit A-Data 800DDR2 = $46
GFX: 512MB 9600GT = $119
HDD: W.D. SATA 640GB = $90
Optical: Pioneer 216 = $34
Case: Antec NSK4480 = $95
Monitor: 22" Samsung 2253LW = $269
Input: Logitech Desktop 250 (KB + Mouse) = $15
Speakers: Logitech X140 2.0 = $31

Total: = $894

Plus, Vista Home Premium @ $136

Any ideas on how to bring the cost down, but leave the system capable of running all the latest games (This 'should' run Crysis on Medium comfortable, my current system does that with an e6750 and a 9600GT). I'll probably tell him to pick up CoD4, and he's a fan of RTS games so looking at Starcraft 2 down the track, and possibly Fallout 3.

I just can't see where I can really save much more to try to get the cost down a bit without crippling the system so that it won't last too well in to the future.


Edited by rroguee: 8/9/2008 2:05:15 PM

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tantryl 
8/9/08 1:59:20 PM
SuperHero
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The obvious things to cut back on are the monitor & KB/Mouse. An Acer 22"er can be had for $206 after cashback and the Logitech 250 set can be had for $15, bringing the total down to $826 (after cashback).

I'd spend the extra $5 on the Logitech X-140's as well, much better for most users.

I'd also be using the version of WinXP I'm hoping came with the old PC.

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rroguee 
8/9/08 2:04:00 PM
Primarch

Good point about the Acer cashback, I missed that on the MSY listing, the blue doesn't stand out the same way that yellow does!

I suppose I went for the Samsung because it's got the 2ms response time and I like the build of Samsung monitors. Would the 5ms response of the Acer be noticeable, or is it the kind of thing you'd only really notice if you had them side to side ?

His old PC doesn't have an OS CD, or if it did, is long gone. It's an old Compaq with a uh... 30GB or so HDD.

X140 is done, thanks!

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tantryl 
8/9/08 2:24:41 PM
SuperHero
Immortal


2ms vs 5ms means nothing. Most likely they've based on similar panels and just measured the response time differently.

While you're not likely to be able to see any ghosting at all on the Acer, the Samsung is generally considered to look better. Better colour reproduction, better brightness would be my guess.

But as far as I'm concerned you've dropped about as low as you can with everything else. Even the CPU is too low IMO, but if you've got to get the price down you've got to get the price down.

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Dasa 
8/9/08 3:49:17 PM
Hero
Titan


the only place left to cut costs is the hdd
Samsung 320GB $55
if its for gaming that hdd is good enough and the few extra $ may be enough to allow you to up the cpu or gpu

get a single 2g stick of ram so he can grab another later since vista is a pig for ram and try get vista 64bit

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