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Okay, it's kind of bare bones at this point. All I have so far is the tower (s'pose that's not enough? :P )

 

I have XP Pro SP2 and Virtual PC 2004......new. I need all the rest of the innards.

 

I have two expansion bays + floppy drive. (I'm gutting my 98se)

 

USB ports are in the back.... all open and ready for whatever.

 

If you can go down the list, like:

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3.

 

Of what I'll need, I sure would appreciate it :mrgreen:

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Seeing as you have Virtual PC 2004 (even though VMWare is far better), I recommend lots of RAM, and if possible, a dual core processor.

 

Don't forget the aspirin for the major headaches building a computer will cause.

 

They have 1GB of Patriot RAM for $76. It's great RAM, and it's very inexpensive.

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$500 should be enough for a pretty good computer. I built my friend one for less than that, and it has a Sempron 3100+ & 6600 AGP. Although the Power supply wasn't super high quality, it was enough to get the job done.

 

Processor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16819104237

 

Mobo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813131548

 

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16820220037

 

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16822144414

 

That comes to $305.99, and if you get a cheap vid card, you'd have more than enough left for a case with a power supply.

 

Of course that's the Sempron with 64bit support, but if you wanna take $20 off the pricetag, you can get a non-64bit version of the same thing.

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Case=$75.00

Motherboard/Video/Sound/=$74.00

CPU=3700+San Diego $223.00

Floppy=$8.00

Memory = $75.00

CD/DVD Combo=$28.99

 

 

Hey Jacee, don't know if you're still looking but here's a suggestion. Maybe Intra, John, or ronnie could take a look and see what they think of this board and cpu combo.

 

HardDrive=$49.00

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Got it Sho...... :mrgreen:

 

The case I have, has 4 expansion bays, not 2.

It is an Enlight ATX Mid Tower Case 250W PS. It's not pretty, but it won't be seen. Tell me if I need a different one or if this will do.

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I suggested the case more for the powersupply than anything else. Antec makes a good case and powersupply. If you end up getting a different motherboard with a seperate video card you won't have to change the powersupply. The 250 ps may be enough but it's probably got some age on it. Might as well be safe.

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Jacee the case will be fine, but the power supply just is not enough. Bare minimum I would get is 350w power supply.

 

I like the idea of integrated video, should save you at least 50 bucks. If take your time you can search for some nice deals like these.

 

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/3746086

 

http://shop1.outpost.com/product/4303165

 

I think the most important question is what is this computers main use. That way we can customize parts to better fit that need. :)

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Yeah a basic 56k modem will work, Officemax has these free after rebate a few times during the year.

 

Edit as for boards- here are two that look nice. I'm going to get the second one in put it in a aspire q-pack within a month.

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813128315

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16813138264

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?...N82E16811144110

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So I'm guessing that video is better than the ATI I suggested earlier. Since they will be wanting to play games online that will be important. Will the fact that it's a micro atx board have any bearing on it? That board has raid too, cool.

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Case=$75.00

Motherboard/Video/Sound/=$74.00

CPU=3700+San Diego $223.00

Floppy=$8.00

Memory = $75.00

CD/DVD Combo=$28.99

Hey Jacee, don't know if you're still looking but here's a suggestion. Maybe Intra, John, or ronnie could take a look and see what they think of this board and cpu combo.

 

HardDrive=$49.00

 

(I fixed that last link for you too)

 

That's not a bad motherboard. In fact, I have the older version of that board in my HTPC. I just personally like the better features of the nVidia 61xx chipset more. And, yes, the on-board graphics is "better" when it comes to gaming, but it's still not as good as a regular video card. I guess it would really depend on if the games are older games or newer games.

 

Jacee, if you're going to use this for gaming later, I would definitely get a motherboard with PCIe instead of AGP. If you get integrated video, it's no big deal to add a discrete video card later.

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Well my Son informs me that it won't be used for online gaming as they are planning on getting the new PS3 when it comes out (we have both PS1 and 2 now)

 

I've bookmarked this topic.... and once again, I want to thank all of you who replied. :tup::mrgreen:

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