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  1. Okay, Today in high school in my computer class...The teacher was telling us of our final projects, and I told him I was planning to build a cheap computer. He said that if I built a computer for under 350$ (excluding: monitor, keyboard, mouse, speakers and OS) he would pass me! He said the only requirements were that it would have to be fairly decent..Not a speed demon, but must be able to run some decent games (Age of Empires, Some flash games...etc.) I will be using this at home to, so I want it to be decent! I was wondering what processer should I be looking at? Pentium 3, Celeron, Duron? Any help on this would be greatly appreciated! If you could please tell me what combination would work the best for the amount of money. I am going to start searching now!! Please help!

    Thanks!!
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  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    I'll match that....

    The following configuration is something I slapped together for you, includes shipping across the U.S, so your shipping will probably be a few dollars cheaper. No tax is included - As long as you do not live in CA - You will not have to pay tax. All these prices are from Newegg.com (going to be hard to beat!).

    Keep in mind I did not check for compatibility and it is very possible there are better deals.. Perhaps you can get even more for your money.. So keep that in mind. Doing some reaserch yourself might help out.

    Quick specs:

    Grand Total » $ 344.00 (with shipping)
    Athlon XP 1800+ Retail (includes heatsink & fan)
    265MB Crucial DDR-RAM PC-2100
    40gb Western Digital hard drive
    52x CDROM
    Floppy drive
    Onboard video, audio, network
    *Price includes ATI Radeon 7500 64mb DDR graphics. You can knock off another $50 if you can manage with the integrated video
    300 watt PSU & case

    Cheap-o case: ( There are many other options )
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    Cases (Computer Cases, ATX Form)
    PREMIER CP-TM-108-3X 300W P4 ATX Case
    Specifications
    Power Supply: 300W
    Form Factor: ATX
    Material: Steel
    Drive Bays: 4x5.25"+1x3.25"/5x3.25" Hidden
    Expansion Slots: 7
    Case Fans: None
    Dimensions:16.5"x7"x 16" more info>
    N82E16811140014 $20.00
    $20.00



    Hot! MSI CD-ROM 52X EIDE CDROM Drive Model MS-8152/C52 RETAIL
    Specifications:
    Data Transfer Rate 7800KB/sec Max.
    Access Time 95ms typical
    Interface E-IDE/ATAPI
    Disc Size Supports 8cm/12cm size disc
    Power Requirement DC 5V ± 5% 1A (Maximum) DC 12V ±10% 1.5A (Maximum)
    Support Format CD-Audio, CD-ROM (Mode 1 & Mode 2), CD-ROM (Mode2, form 2), CD-Plus, CD-I/FMV, Video CD, Photo CD(single- and multi-session), I-TRAX enhanced CD, Karaoke CD, CD-R, CD-RW
    more info>
    N82E16827100009 $17.00
    $17.00


    MITSUMI D359M3 FDD 1.44MB 3.5INCH - OEM
    Specifications:
    Connector: 34-pin Floppy cable Standard Connector.
    Modes: HD(1.44MB) Supports: Dos, Windows 3.1, 95/98 NT3.51 and 4.0
    2DD(720kb) Supports: Dos, Windows 3.1, 95/98 NT3.51 and 4.0 more info>
    N82E16821103104 $8.00
    $8.00
    Hard Drives

    Hot! WD WESTERN DIGITAL EIDE HARD DRIVE 40GB 7200RPM MODEL # WD400BB -CAVIAR OEM, DRIVE ONLY
    Specifications:
    Size: 40 Gigabytes
    Interface: IDE ULTRA ATA100
    Seek time: 8.9ms
    RPM:7200
    Cache 2MB
    OEM(Drive alone) 1 Year Manufacturer Warranty --* Works With PC & Mac *-- more info>
    N82E16822140118 $66.00
    $66.00

    Hot! CRUCIAL MICRON 256MB 32x64 PC 2100 DDR RAM - OEM
    184-Pin, CL=2.5-Unbuffered 2.5V, 6-Layers CT3264Z265 Requires DDR supported Motherboard - Lifetime Warranty. OEM more info>
    N82E16820145001 $32.00
    $32.00


    ECS K7SEM B SiS730S MICRO ATX - RETAIL BOX
    Specifications:
    Supported CPU:Supports AMD Athlon/Duron (K7) processors & full series of Athlon/Duron CPU
    Chipset:SiS® 730S /SiS® 950
    FSB:200/266 MHz
    RAM:Two 168-pin DIMM sockets for 3.3V SDRAM (Ready for PC100, PC133)Maximum: 1.0GB.
    IDE:EIDE Ultra DMA 33/66/100 (up to 4 Devices)
    Slots:2 PCI slots, 1 AGP slot
    Ports:2xPS2,1xCOM,1xLPT,2xUSB 1xVGA, 1xJoystick and Audio Ports
    Onboard VGA: Integrated VGA
    Onboard LAN: RealTek 8139C
    Onboard Audio: AC97 Audio Codec more info>

    N82E16813135112 $52.00
    $52.00


    Hot! AMD Athlon XP 1800+/266 FSB Processor CPU 1800+/ 1.53GHz -0.13 micro Thoroughbred Core Retail, AXDA1800BOX
    3 Years Warranty with heatsink and cooling fan. The Ultimate Digital Media Experience in an x86 Platform.Tailored for Microsoft® Windows® XP. Featuring QuantiSpeed Architecture for Rapid Execution of Applications. Tomorrow’s Technology Today.The Power of a Reliable Partner.
    Specifications:
    CPU: 1.53 GHz
    Type: 1800 XP Thoroughbred
    Cache: 256K
    BUS: 266MHz
    Socket A (PGA)
    more info>
    N82E16819103353 $63.00
    $63.00

    OPTIONAL FOR MORE SPEED:
    [/b]Crucial ATI Radeon 7500 64MB DDR AGP OEM [/b]
    Specifications:
    Chipset:RADEON™ 7500 graphics processing unit
    Memory:64MB DDR
    Bus:AGP 2x and 2x/4x
    Operating systems support: Windows (R) 98, 98se, Me, 2000, NT 4.0 and XP
    Features: CHARISMA ENGINE, HYPER Z technology PIXEL TAPESTRY architecture, VIDEO IMMERSION technology Triple texturing.
    Ports:VGA + S-video
    Oem Box, Comes with S-video cable and Driver (see pics) Powered by ATI, Built by Crucial Model#: CTV750064A6 -OEM Special FedEx Saver Shipping $5.00


    Subtotal » $308.00
    Shipping and Handling Charge »
    Tax Instruction for All Resellers How Newegg.com calculates shipping $ 37.00
    APO/FPO - Military ONLY FedEx Standard Overnight FedEx 2Day FedEx Express Saver Choose which State to ship AA AP AE ALASKA ALABAMA ARKANSAS ARIZONA CALIFORNIA COLORADO CONNECTICUT DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA DELAWARE FLORIDA GEORGIA HAWAII IOWA IDAHO ILLINOIS INDIANA KANSAS KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MASSACHUSETTS MARYLAND MAINE MICHIGAN MINNESOTA MISSOURI MISSISSIPPI MONTANA NORTH CAROLINA NORTH DAKOTA NEBRASKA NEW HAMPSHIRE NEW JERSEY NEW MEXICO NEVADA NEW YORK OHIO OKLAHOMA OREGON PENNSYLVANIA PUERTO RICO RHODE ISLAND SOUTH CAROLINA SOUTH DAKOTA TENNESSEE TEXAS UTAH VIRGINIA VERMONT WASHINGTON WISCONSIN WEST VIRGINIA WYOMING

    Grand Total » $ 344.00
     

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