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 10/12/2005 04:43 PM
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I'm building a $400 computer for my dad, I'm thinking s754 2800+ and integrated video. I'll start checking out parts later, but what I wonder is will any onboard video provide 1280x960 video, or perhaps even 1600x1200?

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QUOTE(TheReturnOfAZ @ Oct 12 2005, 12:43 PM)I'm building a $400 computer for my dad, I'm thinking s754 2800+ and integrated video.  I'll start checking out parts later, but what I wonder is will any onboard video provide 1280x960 video, or perhaps even 1600x1200?
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Geeze Andy. That's quite a budget there. I mean, for that price, he might as well get a dell. Not to discourage you or anything, but if your going to be using onboard video, bottlenecks could occur, which are no fun. My mom got a couple of dells for her business, and they've been okay. They actually started using FX5200 for video. The res goes up to 1280x1024. And even with the Dell deals, they got flat pannels. So, maybe it might be worth checking into instead of going for cheapest possible custom builds.


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well i dont need a monitor so lets compare tower/tower... can a $400 dell beat a 2800+? it really is a question not sarcasm

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I built mine for $300, see sig /smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' />

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sempron is a budget processor, so why not go with a 2600+ sempron or something?

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r3sil3, does that include DVDRW and case?

either way, can you list everything you got?

i might do the same as that except a64 2800+

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http://www.tigerdirect.com/app...s/Se...&sku=E400-T6212' ">http://www.tigerdirect.com/app...1576696&sku=E400-T6212
there it has every thing you need and then some

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Thats W/O DVDRW

Case
Mobo
CPU
PSU
RAM

$294

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NO DO NOT GET A DELL! Dells are the worst computers.


You cannot put custom parts into them, if you try to take the motherboard out you'll most likely damage it, and they come with a bunch of crap you don't even need.


This is what I recommend for $400:

Case' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811144026


RAM' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16820145479


HDD' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16822145082


DVD/CD Drive' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16827140117


CPU' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16819103452

GFX Card' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16814164055


CPU Cooler' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16835186123


It all totals to $411.47. This setup should last you a year or two and it should be able to play just about any game, only you might have to upgrade the GFX card.

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QUOTE(Athlonuser @ Oct 12 2005, 08:57 PM)NO DO NOT GET A DELL! Dells are the worst computers.
You cannot put custom parts into them, if you try to take the motherboard out you'll most likely damage it, and they come with a bunch of crap you don't even need.
This is what I recommend for $400:
Case' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811144026
RAM' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16820145479
HDD' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16822145082
DVD/CD Drive' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16827140117
CPU' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16819103452
GFX Card' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16814164055
CPU Cooler' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16835186123
It all totals to $411.47. This setup should last you a year or two and it should be able to play just about any game, only you might have to upgrade the GFX card.
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where's the motherboard? and why bother with the aftermarket HSF (and thus void the warranty) if you're recommending a retail cpu?


ECS 760 GXM $41.99' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16813135194
Sempron 64 2800 Retail $76' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16819104245
512 MB TwinMOS CAS 2.5 $45.58' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16820218060
7K250 80GB HDD $57.50' ">http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/...jsp?ProductCode=100590
Blue Dragon Mini Tower case appx $41 (incl. shipping)' ">http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/...jsp?ProductCode=273015

262.07 including shipping....left out a PSU and video card

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 10/13/2005 12:06 AM
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so i'll get the 2800+ athlon, epower puma (or maybe the xconnect considering the price), and that $30 vid card, that should bring it to 400

EDIT and for the case i dont want something with LEDs and side windows, this is for my DAD, it should not be ricey, any suggestions?

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 10/13/2005 12:24 AM
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isnt it cheaper to build your own then buy a custom made one like dell or acer etc...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/...asp?...N82E16811129148' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811129148

great case, antec makes great quality products. I've used the 3700BQE and the psu that it coems with has dual +12v rails and a 24pin power connector (they updated), I forget the Amps on each rail... I believe they were each at around 15A. Great psu, runs a 3000+ venice system just fine.

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QUOTE(TheReturnOfAZ @ Oct 12 2005, 11:06 PM)so i'll get the 2800+ athlon, epower puma (or maybe the xconnect considering the price), and that $30 vid card, that should bring it to 400

EDIT and for the case i dont want something with LEDs and side windows, this is for my DAD, it should not be ricey, any suggestions?
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Skyhawk Aluminum Server $44.98 with shipping' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811117029
Raidmax Elite $36.74' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811156011

just a couple cheapies at newegg...I'd go with the skyhawk, though. It's gotten fantastic reviews and it has a removable motherboard tray, a big plus IMO. Raidmax's cheaper cases are still decently built. I have one of their Silver Astro cases, great paint job.

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What about this case? 19.99 + 16 for shipping.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...asp?...N82E16811164069' ">http://www.newegg.com/Product/...p?Item=N82E16811164069

Looks like it woudl do the job to me.

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 10/13/2005 01:51 PM
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skyhawk is awesome, ill revive this when i begin finalizing parts

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