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Cheap "Test" Build??

Post by bnstphnsn »

i was wondering if anyone thinks it would be possible to build a comp for very cheap, like less than 300... i know it would not be very fast at all and i wouldnt plan to use it for anything but surfing the internet. does this sound do-able? i have never built a comp and kinda want to get in to it slow before deciding to go onto a lot of complicated components. i would maybe add more RAM and such later, depending on how easy this mini build is.

thanx for any input at all :)
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Post by Southwind25 »

You can build a fairly good machine for $300.
40 gig harddrive $50.50:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.a ... value=3333
motherboard with video,audio, and lan $56.99:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... WSE&depa=1
case with power supply $22+ $15 Shipping= $37:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... g=7&depa=1
cd rom $15+$5 shipping:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.a ... 14&order=1
floppy drive$9.50:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... WSE&depa=1
256 mbs PC2700 $40:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... WSE&depa=1
2 case fans $1.95+$4.00 shipping =$11.90:
http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... =62&depa=1
AMD XP 2400+ Retail, includes heatsink and fan $73:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProductDe ... 343&depa=1
Total $298.89
This does not include an operating system , so unless you already have one you would have to run a Linux disto to stay in the $300 budget.
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Post by bnstphnsn »

would this comp be decent for browsig the net? also i might chat using Messenger. would these 2 things go over well?

on the subject of OS, what would my cheapest option be?
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Post by inteljunky »

cheapest would be linux, its free any M$ product is generally at lest 100 dollars. and ya that is a fairly decent machine (it is an amd, but thats a personal preferance) it will run internet browsers and Chat clients very nicely. you can download knoppix and try it first. its a linux distro that runs off of a cd.... it can be a little slugish cause it will use a lot of ram for a ram disk, but it would get you to see if you can setup the internet easily enough
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Post by Panzer Bandit »

If you're willing to wait for mail-in rebates, I believe OfficeMax has a 40GB Western Digital HDD (not sure what model, but probably the BB w/ 2MB cache) for $20 after rebates. I think they also have 256MB of Kingston DDR266 for $20 as well after mail-in rebates.

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Post by bnstphnsn »

ic, so where would i get his free linux? i have heard of linux but have no idea what it is...

thanx for the tip on the officemax deals also :)
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Post by bnstphnsn »

after reading through the intro to linux i am kinda confused.
out of that i got that i download my OS
correct?
and how would i go abouts choosing which "form(Redhat, Slackware, etc.)" to use?
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Post by Sabrewings »

This is probably a good idea for you. I had never built a PC before doing my first one I'm working on now. I had modified PC's before for my friends and myself, but never a from scratch kind of thing. I probably should have done the same as you, as far as building a smaller computer first. But, I wanted some butt kickin' performance right away and jumped in head first. If I screw something up, it'll be about $1000 down the drain. More than likely I could fix what I mess up, but you get the idea. I wish you luck, and if you need help with it, ask in these forums some more. They know they helped me out a lot!!!

As for your PC, internet and messaging will be no problem at all. Those are low resource tasks. Now, if you know your way around Windows XP and don't need the tech support or the manuals and stuff, you can check www.pricegrabber.com for Windows XP and find it for around 70$ for just the CD and product key. The other 130$ for a full retail version is wrapped up in the tech support you get, but when you got this forum, who needs it! :roll: 8)
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Post by bnstphnsn »

Sabrewings wrote:As for your PC, internet and messaging will be no problem at all. Those are low resource tasks. Now, if you know your way around Windows XP and don't need the tech support or the manuals and stuff, you can check www.pricegrabber.com for Windows XP and find it for around 70$ for just the CD and product key. The other 130$ for a full retail version is wrapped up in the tech support you get, but when you got this forum, who needs it! :roll: 8)
im not to much of a comp geek, no offense meant to any of you fine helpful people, although i know not all are geeks. so i think if i got XP i'd go with the full version with the support, etc.
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