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    Howdie Guys!

    My friend is interested in building himself a new, budget PC and I wanted extend a challenge out to you guys to see what you can drum up. He's on a budget of $300-$500 (+points if you include monitor). Otherwise, these are his use details:

    1: He will mainly use it to download (bit torrent), browse the interwebz, and to watch videos/manage musics.

    2: He would like a sizable hard-drive to contain said downloads, preferably >200GB.

    3: He would like to be able to play video games from 2-3 years ago, such as Half-Life 2 or Knights of the Old Republic. He is not an avid PC gamer and just wants to play some older games on any setting. He is not interested in any current games.

    4: He has an old DVD-Burner that he will move to the new computer.

    5: His current computer runs Windows ME (gasp!). He is familiar with XP, but I do not know if he would open to learning a free OS. (I assume games would have some problems running on free OS?). I think my school sells home XP on the cheap.

    So, are you up to the challenge? I am hardware challenged, so I will be impressed by anything you guys come up with. Now, let the geek races begin!:row__577:

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  • #2
    Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

    I would recommend your friend check out these links from two well respected tech sites with guides on how to put together machines from $300-$500:

    The $300 PC from Tom's Hardware

    May's Ultimate Budget Box: Ars System Guide from Ars Technica
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    • #3
      Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

      http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....prd71000050000 + a GPU from 2 years ago for around $50. A 6600 or something.
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      • #4
        Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

        Originally posted by Dark Viper View Post
        http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....prd71000050000 + a GPU from 2 years ago for around $50. A 6600 or something.
        That computer runs Vista and has a Celeron and 512 MB of RAM. It is incredibly slow. Avoid at all cost.
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        • #5
          Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

          I can sell him my custom built pc for that budget:

          Abit IC7 Motherboard
          Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
          Radeon 9700Pro
          1.5GB DDR Ram
          1x120Gb Hard Drive
          Dual Layer DVD Burner (Lite-On)
          Floppy Drive
          Aluminum Case (ATX, light weight)
          400+W Antec Power Supply

          Runs great, latest software all installed. PM me for more details or if you just want parts etc...

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          • #6
            Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

            I would suggest looking at the "re-furbished" section of HP.

            I recently found a computer for a friend that included a 17" LCD and 1 gig of ram for 450 and a fairly decent CPU. Had a free PCIe slot also. HD was only 160 gig but you could add another big one for 80 bucks or so.

            I think HP is probably the best deal out there now. Seeing that you are hardware challenged and he uses ME then building one might be a difficulty and or hassle that neither of you want to tackle.
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            • #7
              Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

              I just put together a great little computer for a friend for 550. (i used a 19" LCD and had xp home already, but the configuration below is under 600 with 17" lcd.)

              1.7 pentium-M
              2 gig ddr
              250 gig hdd
              DVD/rw w/ lightscribe
              built in wireless b/g
              memory card reader
              keyboard and mouse
              no OS
              ------------------------------349.99
              http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...257S-R&cat=SYS

              17" LCD
              ------------------------------139.99
              http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?inv...17SV-R&cat=MON
              (19" widescreen would be 169.00)

              total
              ------------------------------489.98

              xp mce
              ------------------------------109.00
              http://secure.newegg.com/Newversion/...82E16832116171

              vista home premium
              ------------------------------111.00
              http://secure.newegg.com/Newversion/...82E16832116202
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              • #8
                Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

                Trying to build something at 300 is a waste.

                Much better to save money for another two months and give yourself 700 to work with.

                For 700 you can make something FAR FAR better than what you'd get for 300. By no means top of the line -- but a rig around 700 will likely have a much better mobo that'll let you make meaningful upgrades a year from now.
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                • #9
                  Re: Back Again - Budget PC Challenge

                  Originally posted by micr0c0sm View Post
                  I can sell him my custom built pc for that budget:

                  Abit IC7 Motherboard
                  Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
                  Radeon 9700Pro
                  1.5GB DDR Ram
                  1x120Gb Hard Drive
                  Dual Layer DVD Burner (Lite-On)
                  Floppy Drive
                  Aluminum Case (ATX, light weight)
                  400+W Antec Power Supply

                  Runs great, latest software all installed. PM me for more details or if you just want parts etc...
                  Lol realized i didnt put a price: $400

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