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    Question VERY tight budget PC build

    I'm looking into an inexpensive new build using LGA 775(w/E2200?) or AM2 socket using 2 GB DDR2 and with PCI-E for graphics. I will still use my existing speakers, LCD monitor, optical drives(DVD ROM and CD-RW) and my case and I won't need an operating system(using XP Home edition) but I will need everything else. Any recommendations on a mobo/dual core proc. combo with good onboard sound for a very tight budget? I won't need a super large HDD either-about 120 gig SATA will do. Also, about $100 for vid card is in the plan too. I'm not an extreme gamer, but I do enjoy playing America's Army quite often and would like to play it on pretty high settings. I guess I'll need a decent PSU too. My budget will only go for about $300 to $350 total. Don't need SLI nor real expensive ram. Would this be any good? Biostar P4M890-M7 TE Socket 775 Barebone Kit - Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.20GHz OEM, 256MB Video Card, 160GB SATA HD, 2GB DDR2 PC4200, ATX Mid-Tower Case, Clear Side, 400 Watt Power Supply at TigerDirect.com Any thoughts? Thanks.
    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Get a motherboard which supports ALL core 2 duo cpus, e.g any P35chipset such as Gigabyte P35-DS3L---this MB should be less than 100$ if u shop around.

    Try upping ur RAM speed to DDR2 667...it should not be much more expensive than 533. <40$.

    For a graphics card ~100$ is a pretty tough choice. Try to find an 8600GTS or 8600GT if ur budget doesnt extend that far.

    160GB HDD's should only be ~50$ so ull b fine in storage.
    I suggest trying to save up more money to buy a better comp otherwise ull need so many upgrades in the future.
    Asrock P55-Extreme
    Core I5 @ 3.2GHZ
    2x2GB G.skill Ripjaws DDR3 1600
    ASUS HD5850
    1TB Samsung SATA II
    Corsair TX650W PSU

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Okay, saving up more money, HA! More money in hand won't be going to a PC build when you're trying to support a family of five with the price of food and gas nowadays. Anyway, an E2200 dual core with a micro atx board from a proven brand seems okay to me. They can be had together for around $130-$140. So now, how about the psu? I have a 360 watt but it's a 20 pin. Will that still work with a newer MB? Thanks.
    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Replace the PSU as it won't cope for long, if at all, and personally I'd go with an Intel chipset but I'd stay away from Gigabyte mainboards as far as possible.

    As for those optical drives, if they're not SATA then get yourself a SATA DVD burner and forget about your "old" ones.

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Quote Originally Posted by wayout44 View Post
    Replace the PSU as it won't cope for long, if at all, and personally I'd go with an Intel chipset but I'd stay away from Gigabyte mainboards as far as possible.

    As for those optical drives, if they're not SATA then get yourself a SATA DVD burner and forget about your "old" ones.
    I have no need for a DVD burner. My CDRW serves me just fine thanks, as does my DVD rom, both PATA. I figure I can spend that money for better performance elsewhere. According to lots of customer reviews at Newegg, Gigabyte makes a fine MB. What's ur beef with them? Is CoolerMaster a decent brand PSU? Also, what about the E2180 dual core CPU for $69.99 @ Newegg? Thanks.
    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Oh, here's a treat for you. I scanned Ebay

    QX9770 Yorkfield 3.2Ghz Quad Core Intel Processor (That's Core 2 Extreme, top of the line)

    The current bid are $5.00 with free shipping.

    QX9770 Yorkfield 3.2Ghz Quad Core Intel Processor - eBay (item 320254938848 end time May-24-08 13:23:21 PDT)

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    how about the Tiger Direct special.


    Biostar P4M890-M7 TE v7.0 - $49.99
    PowerUp Mid-T Case - $39.99
    Intel Pentium DC E2200 2.20GHz OEM - $69.99
    Crucial 2048MB DDR2 - $43.98
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB Hard Drive - $49.99
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB PCIe - $39.99

    Total Price: $259.99

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    Quote Originally Posted by DigitalDD View Post
    how about the Tiger Direct special.


    Biostar P4M890-M7 TE v7.0 - $49.99
    PowerUp Mid-T Case - $39.99
    Intel Pentium DC E2200 2.20GHz OEM - $69.99
    Crucial 2048MB DDR2 - $43.98
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 160GB Hard Drive - $49.99
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro 256MB PCIe - $39.99

    Total Price: $259.99
    Check out my first post. This exact PC is listed in a link that I was inquiring about. I like the Newegg links better though. Check out those in one of my recent replies to this thread. Thanks .
    Last edited by catdug; 05-23-2008 at 08:27 AM. Reason: typo error
    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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    Default Re: VERY tight budget PC build

    UPDATE: Okay, I believe I made the best choice for me. I have just received the above components from Newegg and will begin assembly shortly. Thanks for all of your responses and comments. Please click on the above links and tell me your opinions of these choices for my budget. Total cost was $357 including shipping.
    • Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor
    • GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
    • COOLER MASTER eXtreme Power Plus RS-460-PMSR-A3 460W ATX12V V2.3 Power Supply
    • G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    • One EVGA 256-P2-N751-TR GeForce 8600 GT 256MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SLI Supported Video Card
    • SONY 52x12x52 CDRW
    • LG 16x DVD-ROM
    • Zonet 4+1Port USB2.0 PCI Card
    • Hauppauge Win/TV capture card
    • Generic floppy disc drive
    • Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Wireless-802.11B Linksys Router w/2200 mbps dsl
    • ViewSonic VA721 17" flatscreen lcd monitor
    • Logitech optical mouse
    • Cyber Acoustics 40 watt speakers w/sub
    • WIN XP HOME w/SP3 OEM
    • 3DMark2001SE score: 25182, 3DMark03: 15040, 3DMark05: 9538
    • CPU temp@28C w/stock HSF
    • Black Generic Case w/self cut side window w/one 80mm front intake, one 80mm side intake(blue LED), and one 60mm rear exhaust fan

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