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Old September 24, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Default Low low budget build... help please

I need help putting together a really cheap pc.
It only needs to be better than a Compaq Presario (has a celeron, geforce 6200, 512mb ram... it sucks ).
Budget will be low, but I'd rather try to put what money I can into a new system rather than upgrade this POS.
Only parts worth keeping will likely be the dvd drive and fans... maybe the case if I can find a mobo that fits.

Keep cost as low as possible... cheaper the better.
Again, I'm only looking for a small upgrade from a crappy Compaq.
No i5 or i7... probably not even looking at a quad unless it's dirt cheap.
Will be used mostly for internet, and some 2d work.
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:16 PM
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What does low mean? If you want it at like $500, go buy a pre-built from Staples or Best Buy or whatever.
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:26 PM
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Lower than $500...
I'll be getting used parts if I can find them.
Just want help deciding what to do.
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:35 PM
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That's looking pretty good.
What about RAM and video card?
I want to try and reuse the case (presario s6010v) and psu if possible (think the psu is 400w... might be 350).

Can anyone get cost down even lower?
I will consider used parts.
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:38 PM
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Will it be used for gaming or anything like that, it looks like it comes with an on board GPU
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:43 PM
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You can always check out barebones at tiger, some are pretty decent deals, expecially if your looking for lower end:

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Old September 24, 2009, 02:44 PM
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BAH! I never suggest pre built. You end up with an EOL case and psu that way.

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Anyway, that's the idea. The more parts you reuse the cheaper it gets of course.

Can swap out that case for one with a PSU as well for $7 more. It's not THAT horrible, I've used it a few times already.

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Old September 24, 2009, 02:46 PM
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I want to try and reuse the case (presario s6010v) and psu if possible (think the psu is 400w... might be 350).
You'd have to look very closely at that PSU and case. I wouldn't be suprised if they were simply incompatible.
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Old September 24, 2009, 02:49 PM
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Don't know about the case... the psu is one I added about a year ago.
Not sure if I can reuse either but want to at least see if it's possible.
Definately want to get a video card, but it doesn't have to be very good as it won't be used for gaming (just want better than the geforce6200 that's in the compaq).

I have to go out for an hour but would like to hear more suggestions.
Would like to get this sorted out by the end of the month.
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