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Old 02-06-2006, 10:20 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals, got a question for ya..Buddy of mine wants a computer. He's asked me to either find a cheap one that does what he wants it to do, or build him one. All he's wanting to do with the computer is:
Surf the Internet
Listen to music
Slight image editing (Nothing major)

He has no desire to play games on this computer. His main concern is he wants it for the internet capabilites, and for music. He definitely will want a top of the line sound card, but i'm really not sure what processor would be ideal for this build. So, if you guys could help me out, maybe suggest motherboard/processor...That'd be great. Feel free to give advice on any other pieces of the build also as any info is welcome. Thanks
(Almost forgot, he wants this crammed into as small a case as possible, so ideas on that would be great as well.)
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:33 PM   #2
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Processor:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819116224

Motherboard:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813121287

RAM:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145486

Hardrive:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152031

Sound Card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16829102190

Video Card:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814108129

Case:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811129154


Nice personal little computer.
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:35 PM   #3
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Woah, that case doesn not fit in with the rest of the hardware at all, it's like budget and then EXPENSIVE CASE!
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:50 PM   #4
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it will cost you about 200 Pound for a nice cheap one with out sound and monitor.

Or, 400Pound with a flat screen and a top sound card.
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Old 02-06-2006, 10:54 PM   #5
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Overall great idea, but I think it's a bit more than what he needs...Keep the ideas coming
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Old 02-06-2006, 11:14 PM   #6
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A sound card will only do you good if you have nice speakers.
If he doesnt have like 5.1 surround sound spekaers, then the sound card is pointless. Here are some speakers that seem good...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836116153
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121118
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836116137
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836116151
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your recommending to much ram 1 gig or 512 would be good
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Old 02-07-2006, 12:16 AM   #8
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Hey guys and gals, got a question for ya..Buddy of mine wants a computer. He's asked me to either find a cheap one that does what he wants it to do, or build him one. All he's wanting to do with the computer is:
Surf the Internet
Listen to music
Slight image editing (Nothing major)

He has no desire to play games on this computer. His main concern is he wants it for the internet capabilites, and for music. He definitely will want a top of the line sound card, but i'm really not sure what processor would be ideal for this build. So, if you guys could help me out, maybe suggest motherboard/processor...That'd be great. Feel free to give advice on any other pieces of the build also as any info is welcome. Thanks
(Almost forgot, he wants this crammed into as small a case as possible, so ideas on that would be great as well.)
-Joel
That's an easy config. If gaming is something he won't be doing too often, pretty much any PC will do for him. I would just get him a complete system from Dell or any other companies like Compaq/HP, eMachines, etc.

If you want to build try this config. I don't know your price range, but for what he wants, this is pretty good:

ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131569

AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103535

CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820145440

CHAINTECH SE6600G Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814145098

Use onboard sound. They sound pretty close to the Audigy 2's and the price difference is huge. Get a nice set of speakers and you'll have good sound to go with onboard Realtek.

Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JD 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144151

LG Beige 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM, 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16827136072
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Old 02-07-2006, 03:50 PM   #9
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I may do just that...tell him that maybe buying a cheap dell or something might be the best idea for what he wants. I'd really like to build one for him (just because I enjoy it) but if I can't save him money, I won't do it.
(I'd like to keep him around the $500-$600 range)
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He said SMALL case lol that case is huge. And why do you suggest XMS ram with a lower end CPU. That RAM would be worthless in there. Just some normal OCZ or GEIL ram
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