View Full Version : Help my friend spend $400-500
03-13-2002, 01:01 PM
Friend of mine has a budget between $400-500 to build a new system. The only parts he'll be salvaging from his current system are the floppy and CD, and he esentially needs everything else. I'll list what I have planned, but suggestions on better or more cost effective components are welcome...also any parts I may have overlooked.
Mobo: MSI K7T-266 Pro2 ($92 + $8 s/h)
CPU: AMD T-Bird 1.33 GHz ($99)
RAM: PNY 256MB PC2100 DDR ($75 + $6 s/h)
Video: CardExpert GeForce2 MX 200 ($45 + $6 s/h)
Case: Enlight 7237 w/340W PS ($63 + $19 s/h)
Those components come out to $413, and I still need to find him a hard drive. He's simply looking for an decent system and is not interested in gaming or overclocking.
03-13-2002, 03:04 PM
mobo: Shuttle AK31A - (76 + 7 shipping) www.newegg.com
CPU: AMD XP 1600+ - (103 + 9 shipping) www.newegg.com
RAM: PNY 256MB PC2100 DDR ($75 + $6 s/h) www.newegg.com
Video: CardExpert GeForce2 MX 200 ($43 + $6 s/h) www.newegg.com
Hdd: MAXTOR 40GB 7200RPM Model # 6L040J2 - (79 + 7 shipping) www.newegg.com
Case: Enlight 7237 w/340W PS ($60 + $19 s/h) www.newegg.com
Do you have a heatsink already? Cause if you don't...you should get one.
Thermaltake VOLCANO 7 - (25 + 6 shipping) www.newegg.com
And since you would be getting everything from newegg...you will save on shipping. :)
Total (If you don't save on shipping w/o tax) - 438
w/ tax = 470.85
03-13-2002, 03:06 PM
And....on the plus side...this is a pretty kickin computer! :)
03-13-2002, 11:08 PM
Instead of the Shuttle MB, I suggest the Gigabyte GA-7VTXE MB (KT266A - refurbished) for only $55 here (http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.asp?submit=manufactory&catalog=22&manufactory=1314&Type=Refurbish)
CPU: AMD XP 1700+ OEM - $108
RAM: PNY 256MB PC2100 DDR - $75
Video: Refurbished ATI RADEON VE 32MB DDR - $49
Hdd: MAXTOR 40GB 7200RPM Model # 6L040J2 - $79
Case: CHENBRO ROC Series PC60211 with 300W PS - $42
HSF: Thermaltake DRAGON ORB1+ - $13
Total - $421 + shipping & tax (if applicable)
Everything is from www.newegg.com.
03-14-2002, 12:32 AM
But it's refurbished....the shuttle board is new...and it's a VERY good performer.
03-14-2002, 01:18 AM
I have the Shuttle board and I regretted that I didn't get the EPoX instead! Tomshardware ranked this board almost last in overclocking and benchmarking! The EP-8KKHA+ is one of the best!
03-14-2002, 12:23 PM
hmmmm....that funny....cause almost everywhere else I've seen this board reviewed...they said it was an awesome board. My friend has one and it works really well.
03-14-2002, 01:57 PM
yeah, i got one too, and it's a kicker, one of my friends has the epox and he had tons of problems with the memory controller.
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