Building a worksaton computer

By sw123 ยท 12 replies
Apr 23, 2006
  1. Hello everyone.

    This may not be in the right thread, but I need to build a computer for my dad, hes got a very old one(runs windows 98, 128 MB RAM, ATI RAGE 128 graphics) and it runs dial up and is very slow.(its got viruses, he wont install better protection) and i need one thats fast, but cheap and it doesnt need much. It must be fast. Thank you guys for replies in advance!

  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    What's your budget? You'd probably be better off getting a Dell when they have their machines on sale. You can get some pretty nice systems for $399 to $499.
  3. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    I really prefer to just build one, so I would need some good parts. My budget is about $500, so I could get an ok system to build. $100 will go to windows so parts would be about $400.

    Sorry for not replying sooner

  4. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    if ur dad if jus gonna be using his PC for basic stuff(email, web surfing, low resourse applications) than i would advise the following:

    AMD Sempron processor 1.8 GHZ socket 754 (32 and 64 bit support)
    512MB RAM (2x256 so he can dual-channel)
    Windows XP home
    40GB HD (or higher, whatever his needs)
    DVD drive, since all software will change to DVD
    Nvidia GEFORCE 6100 graphics (basic)
    AMD MOBO w/NVidia support and dual channel RAM support
    mid-tower case

    there is a great site to get all this stuff that also has free shipping on all products, it is where i get all my stuff
    or but they dont have free shipping

    everday rig:
    AMD Sempron 2.0GHZ
    768MB RAM
    100GB HD
    Nvidia 6200
    XP Home
  5. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    ok ill get him to get all this stuff, im only 12, so i cant just come up with $500 so ill need to convince him to give me the money so i can do something for him. Thanks guys!
  6. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    its all good im only 14 myself, have fun building the 'puter

    one last thing make sure that you put good anti-virus software on it since you said he gets viruses. an excellent choice is PC-cillin internet security 2006. i run that on my rig, and it doesnt consume very much memory or disk space, if u want to try b4 u buy, trend micros website lets u try 4 30 days
  7. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    wow we must live in the same time zone you have quick responses to my posts :)

    I already have some virus protection software for windows xp so i can use that but i lost the product key :( I'll just have to find it so i can install it. I have this idea for the computer:

    Processor: AMD Athlon 64
    Motherboard: ASUS K8V-MX Socket 754 VIA K8M800 Micro ATX AMD
    Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 AGP
    RAM: 512 MB
    O/S: Windows XP Home
    Optical drive 1: CD-RW 52x
    Optical drive 2: DVD-RW/CD-RW 48x
    ZIP drive.
    Antec black computer case with 400w PSU.

    Is this a good system for my dad?

    cheers, sw123
  8. 0009

    0009 TS Rookie

    i dont use any anti virus software and i dont have any viruses :knock on wood:, just use mozilla firefox for your web browser and you should be fine, its a lot faster then internet explorer as well.

    do you already have a monitor?

    also you should get 2 sticks of 512mb ram, i suggest corsair. you can get it for about 75 bucks at newegg. it will speed up the computer much faster.

    i would just go with onboard video..

    100 dollars for winxp is a waste when there are downloads available..
  9. IBN

    IBN TS Guru Posts: 487

    How can Bill Gates take 100 dollars of a little kid like that??? Shameful.
  10. CrossFire851

    CrossFire851 TS Rookie Posts: 766

    Yea of course more ram would make it go faster, but 754's don't have support for dual-chanel.
  11. sw123

    sw123 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 595

    long post

    Well, i found a motherboard at newegg( doesnt have onboard video )

    It's an asus motherboard with a 939 socket for an amd processor so i can just buy a processor ill just get and AMD athlon 64 so when 64-bit programs come out, he'll be able to use them.

    Good thing its only $75 and ill get my dad a gig of ram(512 mb x 2, so he can dual channel)

    I found a video card for it:

    a case:

    Also a processor:

    And some ram:

    i already have a monitor, its the monitor that came with the old computer, but its a crt, but at least its compatible. All the parts should be compatible with eachother, so all i need is a boot image, which i can make shortly, ill just make it the windows splash screen. :D After this is done we'll enjoy our newly built computer :)

    EDIT: Whoops i forgot about the hard drive :D
  12. 0009

    0009 TS Rookie

    i would just go with this mobo, since it has onboard video.

    youre getting a real expensive case when you can get a good one for about 40, arent you on a budget? if you want, just get one that comes with a power supply. 350watt at least. some companies are rosewill, athenatech that are budget cases. and arent bad. i have both.

    the ram that you chose is good, i have it in one of my comps as well.

    i also have the same processor you chose, i as well was on a budget haha.

    as for hard drives, i guess its a reasonable price, i would just go with 1 40gb hard drive, and 1 80 gb for storage.
  13. AMDIsTheBest010

    AMDIsTheBest010 TS Rookie Posts: 398

    if u want to save some money then you could go with an 20GB HD just to store system files, then purchase an external HD to store all of his files

    I got an 160GB Maxtor external HD brand new on ebay for $50
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