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Old August 25, 2009, 12:01 PM
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Hey guys,

I am looking at building a cheap desktop for school. It will only be used for word processing and internet research. However, I do like to multitask so I want something that can handle a few programs at once without bogging down too much. The most intensive program I use is Adobe CS3 but I primarily use it for light photo editing and some web design stuff. I am on a pretty tight budget and already have some stuff.

Here is what I have:

  • Samsung 22x DVD-RW
  • 500 GB Hard Drive
  • 2 GB Corsair - XMS2-5400 RAM
  • Windows XP Pro and/or Windows 7 Beta
  • Office 2007
Needs:

  • Power supply
  • Case
  • Motherboard
  • CPU

Budget: $200-300 (the absolute cheaper the better)

This is going to be a temporary build for the next year. I just need something that will get me through the school year. I was even thinking of picking up a very cheap P/S and case combo (which goes against my beliefs) just to cut costs down.

Would it be possible to get some your guys' thoughts on which direction I should go?

Thanks very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Old August 25, 2009, 12:43 PM
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I think this is good;)

NCIX.com - Buy Antec Nsk 4480 II Mini Tower ATX Case 3X5.25 2X3.5EXT 3X3.5INT W/ 380W PSU - NSK4480II In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H AMD780G mATX AM2+/AM3 PCI-E DDR2 SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN HDMI Motherboard - GA-MA78GM-US2H In Canada.

NCIX.com - Buy AMD Athlon X2 7550 Dual Core Processor Socket AM2+ 2.5GHZ 3MB 65NM 95W OEM - AD7550WCJ2BGH In Canada.

All for around 270 if my calc is good;)

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Old August 25, 2009, 01:21 PM
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Thanks martin. I was originally leaning Intel as that is what most of my builds are. However, in an effort to save a buck I may go AMD this time around.
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Old August 25, 2009, 01:45 PM
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you should keep all your question and ideas to one thread dude someone'll complain about that if youre not careful:

Case/PSU: Approx $65
NCIX.com - Buy Inwin EA013 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 3X5.25 2X3.5INT 2X3.5EXT Front USB Audio W/ 350W Power Supply - EA013.EJ350SLY In Canada.
More info:
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Mobo: Approx $120 after MIR
NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte MA790GP-UD4H AMD790GX ATX AM2+/AM3 Sideport 2PCI-E Sound GBLAN HDMI CrossFireX Motherboard - GA-MA790GP-UD4H In Canada.

CPU: Approx. $115 (Possibilty to unlock 2x extra cores)
NCIX.com - Buy AMD Phenom II X2 545 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.0GHZ 6MB L3 Cache 80W Retail Box - HDX545WFGIBOX In Canada.
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Approx $80
NCIX.com - Buy AMD Athlon II X2 240 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 2.8GHZ 2MB Cache 65W Retail Box - ADX240OCGQBOX In Canada.

Total (w/ BE processor) = $300 or so
Total (w/ Athlon II) = $265.

Why?
790gx = really good integrated that can be upgraded later. In fact, the board can even do 8x/8x crossfire later on if you'd like, its very stable and good quality and can OC either processor you decide to get (although I wouldn't OC too much or add discrete graphics cards into this system without swapping the PSU first - its just to get you started for now anyways, hehe).

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+1 Cmetaphor have a really good point about the board. For the case well there is plenty of choice try to stick with good brand for the PSU in and get something you find great so you will be abble to keep it;)

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If you want something Intel-based, here's my suggestion...

The new Intel Celeron (E3300-E3200) looks pretty decent (for the price). The only problem, they are not released yet, and I don't know exactly when they will be (I read august at some place, I don't know how exact it is). One thing for sure, they will be cheap (they are replacing the E1xxx line).

As for the motherboard, if your looking for something really cheap, you could look at something based on G41/G31 chipset. Or, if you are willing to put a bit more money, something based on the GeForce 9300 chipset. Just be careful that the CPU is supported by the motherboard (especially true for new CPU, like the E3xxx)...

Of course, if you want to keep the components more than 1 year, you might want to invest in something a bit more future-proof...
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CMetaphor,

Have you used the Inwin cases before? I am thinking that I may try that option...
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Old August 25, 2009, 09:48 PM
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NCIX.com - Buy NCIX Value Bundle Deal AMD Athlon II X2 245 & Gigabyte MA785GM-US2H DDR2 Motherboard -UNASSEMBLED - 785GM-X2-245 In Canada. $144
NCIX.com - Buy Inwin EA013 Mid Tower ATX Case Black 3X5.25 2X3.5INT 2X3.5EXT Front USB Audio W/ 350W Power Supply - EA013.EJ350SLY In Canada. $65 .

Just over $200, and you get a newer mobo and cpu.
Combo deals ftw.
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Newegg.ca - AMD Athlon II X2 245
Direct Canada - Gigabyte GA-MA785GM-US2H
Best Direct - OCZ StealthXStream 500W
Direct Canada - Antec Three Hundred

Comes to $285.19 + tax and shipping, of course PM it all on NCIX to save on shipping costs. Pushing your budget a bit more, but at least you can reuse everything. Just upgrade the CPU and throw in a video card when you have the money to do so.

At least you don't have a trash PSU that's going to blow up or a flimsy case that is going to end up a pile of bent metal.
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