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musicman79

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I am looking for a little insight into getting the most for the money.

Here is the story:

A friend has an old Dell laptop that is circling the drain and was talking about getting a new computer. During all of his talking of wally world and brand name computer crap I introduced the idea of building a computer from the ground up.

I may have spoke to soon now that I looked at all the different stuff I am finding it hard to know if I am making the right choices. I have been a parts changer for a few years but never a system builder/designer

I am looking at a budget of $500-$600 give or take with the following features

19" LCD and Windows XP that take like $200 right out of the gate.

his laptop has a Pentium III so anything at this point is going to be quicker

The main duties of this box are music storage(800-1200 Cd's eventually), music recording (Sonar producer 8, GTP3), Drafting Programs (auto-cad, solid-works) and basic other stuff.

So we are looking at
CPU - No preference
Motherboard - audio will be added at some point so a couple PCI and Video card possible at some point, upgrades to faster CPU later on would be a plus
Case - smaller the better, front access usb/audio
Power Supply - No preference
Memory - for the cost I figure maxed out at 4Gbs
Hard drive - Sata 500Gb and a 250Gb for now ( he wants to be able to back everything up as he saves it.)
Optical Drive - All in one DVD and a cheaper CD to get his music loaded
Video card - not sure in this area at all
FDD - in my research I found that a FDD is needed for XP and SATA drives.

I think I have everything listed. Basically looking for the quickest most reliable machine for the money.
Thanks in advance for any info.
Tony
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Any Ideas out there or am I way off base with my budget and Ideas.

Please any information at this point would be great!

Thanks
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IS THIS THING ON

HELLO HELLO

ANYBODY OUT THERE
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hello,

Seriously, if your budget is $500 - $600, and a monitor and Windows will take $200, then you left with $300 - $400. This won't buy you much, so you may as well tell your friend to just buy an OEM... ie.. Dell, HP, Compaq, etc.
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Thanks for your reply makia

This is what I found for the build any information would be appreciated

Rosewill R105-P BK Black SECC Steel MicroATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail $24.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16811147127

Acer X193W+BD Black 19" 5ms Widescreen LCD Monitor 300 cd/m2 2000:1 (ACM) - Retail $119.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16824009127


hec HP585D RETAIL 585W ATX12V Power Supply - Power Cord Included - Retail $29.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16817339012


ECS G31T-M7 LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail $49.99($12 mail-in rebate) Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16813135232


Intel Pentium E5300 2.6GHz 2MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Retail $69.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16819116074


Microsoft Windows XP Home SP3 for System Builders - OEM $89.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16832116511


OCZ SLI-Ready Edition 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model OCZ2N800SR4GK - Retail $51.99
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16820227269

Western Digital Caviar Blue WD5000AAKS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM $56.99 Free Shipping
http://www.newegg.co...N82E16822136073

LITE-ON Black 22X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 22X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache IDE 22X DVD±R DVD Burner - OEM $27.99
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Great! Looks like you did your research! :)

Well, it looks like everything you listed is compatible. I personally don't like ECS motherboards, but that's just me. If it were me, and I had to choose something other than ECS, I would spend a little more on THIS Gigabyte... it's basically the same motherboard (does have an additional parallel printer port). However, keep in mind that "any" motherboard can be good or bad, so the choice is always yours.
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