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Old 03-18-2006, 07:32 PM   #1
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Default SUPER Budget Computer Project

In stead of upgrading my current system, I am considering build a new one. I have a few questions.

Can what I need be had for under $300 (plus shipping), without sacrificing too much quality?
How good are the AMD Sempron processors, compaired to a Pentium II?
Is there anything else I would need?
What parts would you reccomend? I will use the computer mainly for autocad, music programs, office programs, internet, and some games, but not often.
What distribuition of Linux would work best for me?

Need:
Motherboard (with graphics, sound)
Processor
Memory
DVD burner
KVM switch
Wireless adapter
TV tuner
Floppy drive
Case
Hard Drive

Don't Need:
OS (will use Linux)
Keyboard
Mouse
Speakers
Monitor
Graphics card (integrated in motherboard)
Sound card (integrated in motherboard)
Modem

Thanks for your help.
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:00 PM   #2
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$300 for a computer??? i doubt it
i mean if u want a nice one a processor and a mobo will cost more than that..wut do u have now?
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Old 03-18-2006, 08:18 PM   #3
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$300 for a computer??? i doubt it
i mean if u want a nice one a processor and a mobo will cost more than that..wut do u have now?

Gateway, Running windows 98SE
Pentium II (don't know speed)
98 mb ram (168 pin, so it expensive to upgrade)
cd drive, no buring
12 gb hard drive

As my name implies, I am a woodworker, and I am going to start a big project soon, and that will cost a lot, and I really want a better computer, so I looked into upgrading my current one, but that would cost about 1/3 the price of this one would. I am actually more of a woodworker than a computer person, so I really don't need to have a dual core processor with dual graphics cards with 4 gb of ram. I really one want the computer to run linux, because I can't get any distributions to work on my current PC (I have on other PC's, and I LOVE it. It is really to use, compared to windows), and I would like to have a computer just for playing music (this one), and put all of my stuff on the new computer, and run application on the old computer if I need to.
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well is $300 ur absolute max???
ill show u parts just tell me ur absolute max
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My friend got one for $100 awhile ago, and it can play starcraft and other games from around 98 very well. You can try looking around sites like e-bay, and pawn-shops that sell that kind of stuff like my friend did. Also ask your friends and people you work with for any old computer parts they might have. Try to get stuff for free/extremely low price before buying new stuff.
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Ok lets see wut i can do lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819112205
CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185067
MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144111
MEMORY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814270002
Video card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822140118
Harddrive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811212029
case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817163027
PowerSupply

ok this equals to $277.00

that leaves u with some money for cd drives and floppy etc etc.

i hope this helps

it does have onboard vid and sound but i would recommend getting a separate vid card..which i wrote down for ya..but if u wanna ditch it go ahead
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well is $300 ur absolute max???
ill show u parts just tell me ur absolute max
yeah, but If you need to go maybe $20 over, then that would work, but I would prefer to stay under $300
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Originally Posted by pinky4life623
Ok lets see wut i can do lol

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819112205
CPU

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813185067
MOBO

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820144111
MEMORY

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814270002
Video card

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822140118
Harddrive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811212029
case

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817163027
PowerSupply

ok this equals to $277.00

that leaves u with some money for cd drives and floppy etc etc.

i hope this helps

it does have onboard vid and sound but i would recommend getting a separate vid card..which i wrote down for ya..but if u wanna ditch it go ahead
Okay, Okay, looks okay. I will ditch the vid card because I don't need super great graphics, and put the money twoard the mobo. However, I was thinking of an AMD sempron, and this mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813138268 (is the weekend sale the $10 off with the combo?) maybe he 20 gb bro of that hard drive, and definatly double the mem, get the 512 rosewell, heard good things about it. As for the case, I saw a good lookin' one with a semi-good psu, for $25, so that will probably take the lead. But do you think the sempron is worth the extra $$$
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hmm i would stay with the intel, personally. if you're just gonna be doing word processing, and everything you said, go with the intel, amds are more focused on gaming. for the power supply, DO NOT get the powmax one. just read all the reviews for it on newegg, for $15 its not worth it. they say it only lasts 2 months.. wow
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would and amd be faster than the celeron at burning (and editing) dvd's too?
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