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Old May 17, 2008, 08:03 PM
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Originally Posted by sswilson View Post
Do you plan on putting a legit operating system on it? (Of course you are!! :) ).

Do you have any old gear that will go into the build?

I tried to put a low cost system together last fall and came to the conclusion that a full low-end build with a legit OS couldn't be done for less than the low end pre-built systems from one of the big-box stores.

It pretty well comes down to the OS. I could put together better quality parts, but I always came away short by the $100 or so that a legit OS would cost me.
Could always run a Linux distro...

For a cheap system though, AMD is probably the way to go. Get a motherboard based on the 780G chipset with an X2 CPU and 2GB of DDR2-800. Should run any OS you want. The Antec NSK4480 is a great case for these kind of builds as it comes with a solid 380W PSU and is relatively cheap.
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