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  1. #1
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    Can u help me build a super budget system?

    By superbudget, i mean really really cheap.
    The system i'm trying to beat is Dell's holiday special... go to http://www.dell.ca and check out their cel600 system for $599 CANADIAN funds.

    specs:
    cel600
    64MB pc100
    10gig 5400
    15gig monitor
    integrated video. (i815?)
    mouse/keyboard...etc

    i'm picking up the monitor used for $100 canadian (66US). that leaves me with $500 canadian (333US) to build the system minus the monitor.

    I've tried quite a few stores here in toronto, asking for a quote for a system:
    cel/duron 600
    10gig
    64MB
    cheapest video/sound

    and I'm still going over the $333 budget, even without counting the mouse and keyboard cuz i already have those.

    maybe i'm not asking for the cheapest combination of parts? can u think of a more economical combination that i should ask for a quote for?

    thanx


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    I'm assuming you're acquiring software by... ahh... "other" means ;-)

    The following prices are off Price Watch. You'll probably pay about $50 shipping til you're all said and done, but no tax.

    Adds up to US$316 total. Not bad for a decent Duron 600 system, eh?

    $50 Duron 600
    $74 PC Chips mobo w/integrated sound & LAN
    $21 64mb PC133 SDRAM
    $21 48x CDROM
    $104 30gb HDD
    $13 mini tower w/250W supply
    $20 ****ty-*** 4mb vid card
    $7 Floppy Drive
    $6 56k winmodem
    +KB, Mouse, Cables, which you already have I guess

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    [This message has been edited by grover (edited 12-03-2000).]
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    Go Here: http://www.pccanada.com

    Get the PC chips Mobo w/video,sound,etc.
    The Celly 600, CDRom, HardDrive, and 64Meg Ram for $499

    You will simply have to borrow from your Aunt to get the case and floppy, PC's simply cost more than your budget.




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    Originally posted by grover:

    $21 128mb PC133 SDRAM

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    Ah, that should be 64mb- 128 was like $46, oops went back and changed a bunch of things to keep the price down, musta missed that!

    Originally posted by AthlonOverclocker:

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    Asus A7V
    Duron 650@850@1.80V
    Pentium IV 2.4C Northwood- M0 stepping @ 3.2GHz HT
    Air Cooled w/ SP-94 heatpipe & 92mm Vantex Tornado at 45C
    4x256=1gb dual-channel 2-3-3-6 OCZ PC800DRAM @ 890MHz 3-4-4-8
    MSI Neo2-PLS w/I865PE & SATA @ 4x267=1068MHz
    BFG GeForceFX 5900@485/967MHz = 6284 3DMark2003s; dual-head 21" CRT & 19" LCD

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    AT Mini Tower - $25 local purchase.

    Alton/Amptron 755 MR AT Motherboard - SIS 630e Chipset, 2 DIMMs, form card for PS2 & USB, 2 PCI, ATA66, 133 MHz, FC-PCA, Sound, 56K Modem V90, 64bit 3D AGP w/64MB share - $69 + $12 shipping.

    Celeron 600 Retail with fan - $72 + $12 shipping (3 day UPS)

    Quantum 10.1GB EIDE Ultra ATA-66 - $82 + $9 shipping

    Floppy - $15 + CD-ROM - $21 + $12 shipping.

    128 MB PC100 - $48 + $10

    Total = $387 US (Canadian = $580?)

    You can save on shipping by getting stuff from fewer sources. But this can be done for under $300 including a case. AT cases are cheaper than ATX. Even on Pricewatch you can an AT Case with 250 watt power supply for $13 + $9+ shipped. The mobo I suggested is a new design with better built-in video than previous designs. It'll do fine for anything except 3D gaming.

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    Competing in the Ultra Low end is pretty tough. I'd stick with the system you were looking at.

    Now if you had a little more money, I'd build a system. You could get:

    Mid-Tower Case $30
    250w Sparkle $30
    Abit KT7 $130
    AMD Duron 700 $60
    52x CD ROM $30
    20GB HD $100
    GeForce2 MX $100
    Sound Blaster Live Value $40
    56k Moden or 10/100 NIC $15
    128MB PC133 SDRAM $50
    92mm Case Fan $10
    GlobalWin FOP32-1 $20
    Good sterio speakers with sub $50
    Keyboard $15
    Scroll mouse $10
    Good 17" monitor $200

    You are looking at about $1000 for a good system that you can upgrade. You can also overclock the Duron to 900Mhz pretty easy. If you want better, you can add a GeForce2 GTS and an Athlon 800 for an extra $150 or so. You can also up the memory to good quality cas2 for an extra $50.

    If you went with integraded everything on a Celeron 633Mhz system with 64MB memroy, you will still run $450+ monitor and have a crappy sound system/speekers and horrable 3D Graphics.

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    The Dell systems are really good. Dell is really going to woop the competitors with their prices, because its great for people who want a new low end system. My girlfriend is getting the P3 800 from Dell.
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    The reason dells systems are so cheap is buying power. Dell can buy the stuff in bulk thus making it cheaper for them to buy and then in turn they can sell it cheaper. so you will be v.v.v. lucky to get one as cheap. trust me i work for a computer firm.

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    If it's a difference of about $100 (Canandian or American) just build your own; the difference is that you'll have higher quality parts than anything Dell puts in their cheap-*** cases anyway. Suck up the extra cash somehow but don't buy name-brand PCs unless you have to; you'll learn alot more about a computer in the bargain.

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    Hey techie2001 I work for a computer firm too! Dell! heh heh

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