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Building a cheep computer to upgrade

By Valdr
May 22, 2008
  1. I am attempting to figure out which parts to use for my new computer. Here is my Goal:

    My last computer recently died, I am in need of a new computer now; but I don't have a large budget. I would like to build a cheap computer that I can upgrade when I do have a better budget.
    I plan to use my PC for both Gaming and Video editing.

    I figure the best way to do this is to buy a good motherboard (Mobos. being the PC componant that I know the least about(which is why I'm posting on here)) and a decent processor. along with some cheap ram and a cheep videocard.

    I have no problem picking out my gpu and processor and all that but as I said; I don't know alot of motherboards and I am looking for a little help guiding me to the right mobo.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    -Cheers.
     
  2. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    It'd be easiest if you could actually define a budget.
     
  3. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    ...and "cheep" is spelled Cheap!
     
  4. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm looking to spend under 800 USD (I have monitor, case, sound card, Nic card)

    the other thing I forgot to mention in my OP. is that I don't know much about what PSU to get.
     
  5. SittingDuckie

    SittingDuckie TS Rookie Posts: 47

    You might find it a good idea to give the specs of the existing components you intend to use...before these nice lads eat you.
     
  6. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the only existing components would be

    Nic card D-link DFE-530TX+
    VGA monitor



    Anything else you need to know? I would be more than happy to give any more info you need.
     
  7. SittingDuckie

    SittingDuckie TS Rookie Posts: 47

    I was actually thinking the form factor of the case and maybe the size of the monitor.
     
  8. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    If you've already got a good portion of the other stuff, <$800 is very doable and you should be able to get a pretty solid build out of it. This is assuming your case can fit standard ATX components etc.:

    MSI P35 Neo2-FR $109.99
    E8400 $194.99
    OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 2 x 1024MB DDR2 1066MHz $47.99 (After MIR)
    Biostar 9600 GT $112.99 (After MIR)
    ELT500AWT $99.99 (After MIR)
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB $94.99
    Samsung SH-S203N $28.99

    Total (before shipping after MIR): $689.93

    That look okay to you Valdr?
     
  9. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter

  10. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    That case should be fine...
     
  11. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    That looks wonderful, the only thing being; that card is only HD(DVI-I) out isn't it? is there a VGA = ?
     
  12. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

  13. Valdr

    Valdr TS Rookie Topic Starter

    A big thank you to everyone. esp. Zenosincks. Thanks guys.
     
  14. Matthew

    Matthew TechSpot Staff Posts: 5,266   +92

    You're welcome and good luck with the build!
     
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