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  • SharkyForums.Com - Print: The $500 Computer

    The $500 Computer
    By cmathes March 19, 2001, 08:29 PM

    Ok, I want to build a computer for about $500, here is what I have come up with:

    Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190
    128mb Crucial Mem: $60
    Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 MX 32MB: $100
    20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107
    Enlight 7237 Case w/300w PS: $65
    3com 56k PCI WinModem: $29
    Floppy: $15
    Creative Labs 48x CD: $32
    Total: $600

    What would you all recommend to get this thing down $100? Still hoping for good quality/stability like this system. Thanks!

    By JDC March 19, 2001, 08:32 PM

    quote:Originally posted by cmathes:
    Ok, I want to build a computer for about $500, here is what I have come up with:

    Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190
    128mb Crucial Mem: $60
    Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 MX 32MB: $100
    20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107
    Enlight 7237 Case w/300w PS: $65
    3com 56k PCI WinModem: $29
    Floppy: $15
    Creative Labs 48x CD: $32
    Total: $600

    What would you all recommend to get this thing down $100? Still hoping for good quality/stability like this system. Thanks!


    Do you have anything from another computer that you can transfer parts from. Maybe go something lower than 750 and overclock it.

    By DoGGx23 March 19, 2001, 08:37 PM

    Yea try getting a better motherboard and overclock your cpu. You can try getting a generic cd-rom drive. Check pricewatch.com for lowest prices.

    By Gerbil March 19, 2001, 08:56 PM

    Yeah, what they said. Take parts from an old computer like I did. I am building this computer for $480 (that includes shipping and tax on everything):

    Abit KT7A
    Athlon Thunderbird 1Ghz
    Crucial 128mb PC133 CL/2
    Voodoo3 2000 AGP
    Sound Blaster Live! Value
    Linksys PCI 10/100 PCI Network Card
    5.1GB WD UDMA33 HD
    Toshiba 6x DVD-ROM
    HP CD-Writer 9150i CD-RW
    4-port USB hub
    Lucent PCI V.90 modem
    Altec Lansing 45.1 Three-peice sound system
    Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer
    Microsoft Sidewinder Force Feedback Pro
    Samsung SyncMaster 750s 17in. monitor (.27)
    Intel PC Camera Pro
    Hewlet Packard Deskjet 812C printer
    Mustec 600 III EP Plus scanner
    Skyhawk 300 watt ps (AMD Athlon Approved)

    I only had to buy this:
    Abit KT7A
    T-bird 1ghz
    Sound Blaster Live! Value
    300 watt power supply
    Crucial 128mb PC133 RAM
    Fan for processor

    You could probably use everything from your current system except the processor and motherboard. It would only cost you about $250. I will buy a new video card and hard drive later. I ran out of money.

    By cmathes March 19, 2001, 09:05 PM

    Thats the prob, no prior parts. Think like this: I need a complete CPU, all that there is is a Monitor, KB, and Mouse. Need a complete CPU. OC is not an option because this computer just needs to be rock solid. I will do the generic CD-ROM as well. Any other ideas? just $80-90 more to cut off . Thanks!

    By JDC March 19, 2001, 09:29 PM

    quote:Originally posted by cmathes:
    Thats the prob, no prior parts. Think like this: I need a complete CPU, all that there is is a Monitor, KB, and Mouse. Need a complete CPU. OC is not an option because this computer just needs to be rock solid. I will do the generic CD-ROM as well. Any other ideas? just $80-90 more to cut off . Thanks!


    I can't see anything else to cut out. Unless you can wait for more money, maybe just wait for a modem, unlees you need to connect to the internet.

    By JDC March 19, 2001, 09:30 PM

    Maybe try a smaller HD, like 15GB.

    By Mechanic March 19, 2001, 09:31 PM

    I just built a system using the following:

    FIC AZ11E Motherboard with sound and 100ATA controller from GPS Computers $97.00 w/shipping and 750 Duron from Econo PC $52.00 = savings of $41.00 less cpu shipping

    Delta 52x CD from Staples $20.00 = $12.00 savings.

    Inno3D Gforce 2 MX w/32mb ram from Amamax $82.00 including shipping = $18.00 savings (all Gforce MX boards are about the same)

    Total savings $79.00 less CPU shipping

    Check http://www.pricewatch.com for prices

    By minus200 March 20, 2001, 12:08 AM


    quote:Originally posted by cmathes:
    Ok, I want to build a computer for about $500, here is what I have come up with:

    Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190
    128mb Crucial Mem: $60
    Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 MX 32MB: $100
    20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107
    Enlight 7237 Case w/300w PS: $65
    3com 56k PCI WinModem: $29
    Floppy: $15
    Creative Labs 48x CD: $32
    Total: $600

    What would you all recommend to get this thing down $100? Still hoping for good quality/stability like this system. Thanks!


    Since most MX cards are similar in performance - use a generic MX like Jaton. Consider an OEM Radeon (around $80) and tweak it to enable HyperZ (not the VE model).

    there are several choice for PC133 RAM that runs fine for under $40 and I do not mean the "RAM bait-and-switch crooks" on pricewatch.

    You should be able to find a slightly less expensive case but make sure of the power supply. I think Thompson's had an AMD approved in the mid 40's with good prices for shipping.

    read the local sunday ads from Staples- Office Max and Office depot for deals on hard drives and other products. AS an example, on March 11, one of them had a 52X CDR for $49.95 and a $50.00 rebate = FREE if you can wait on the rebate

    You could save a little on a generic modem (as low as $6.95) and a little on a floppy. If you live in an area where broadband is being used there will be a lot of good used modems CHEAP

    The price for the MB and CPU seem a little high but I have not priced your MB


    check online vendors like newegg - Thompson's- pcprogress- Allstar - Microbarn and others that are reputable. If you are not sure of an online vendor go to resellerratings.com and look them up. Becuase of shipping charges it is usually a good idea to buy it all from one or two vendors

    Pricewatch is a good source but be a smart consumer and check the vendors closely. If you dont know - ask here. And as always- when shopping on-line, use a credit card and keep good notes. Always ask for e-mail comfirmations.

    By Diamond Viper March 20, 2001, 01:09 AM

    Try E-bay. You should be able to find cheaper prices there.

    A smaller harddrive would help take of some $ and you could always buy a bigger one later when you need it.

    By LordVampyre March 20, 2001, 01:14 AM

    dont even get a win modem.. they are truley worthless you will be very unhappy with it. It taxes the cpu very hard.. with the prices of modems as they are theres no need to get one of those. I know, I got one about 4 years ago.. was a mess.

    By rcustomrods March 20, 2001, 01:24 AM

    Look for better prices,
    if your not gonna overclock,
    you don't need the crucial ram.
    You dont even need the floppy.


    At a computer shows you can bargin and knock the price of that system down to I'd say 475.00
    Just make sure the people you buy from are local so that if you ever have probs you can get a hold of someone.

    I picked up 256 MB 133 CL2 ram for 69.00 and they sell 128 MB 133 CL2 for 24.00.

    Good luck

    By tada March 20, 2001, 04:36 AM

    quote:Originally posted by cmathes:
    Ok, I want to build a computer for about $500, here is what I have come up with:

    Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190
    128mb Crucial Mem: $60
    Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 MX 32MB: $100
    20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107
    Enlight 7237 Case w/300w PS: $65
    3com 56k PCI WinModem: $29
    Floppy: $15
    Creative Labs 48x CD: $32
    Total: $600

    What would you all recommend to get this thing down $100? Still hoping for good quality/stability like this system. Thanks!


    i try my best to help you the total is 540included shipping so check out all this link than you will know what you got
    .by the way the system i choose for you is 15%performent best than you choose.http://www.newegg.com/app/shoppingcart.asp?submit=SHIPPING http://www.newegg.com/app/shoppingcart.asp?submit=SHIPPING http://products.onvia.com/gen/search/thecartmanwarr.asp?shiptozip=83843&warrActive=&line=&ProductID=1695226&secretshipto=83843&secretshipvia=2D&freighttotalhidden=25.62&shipvia=UPG http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261463&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261464&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261719&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261720&f=0

    By tada March 20, 2001, 04:41 AM

    quote:Originally posted by tada:
    [QUOTE]Originally posted by cmathes:
    [b]Ok, I want to build a computer for about $500, here is what I have come up with:

    Gigabyte GA-7ZX w/audio and Duron 750: $190
    128mb Crucial Mem: $60
    Elsa Gladiac Geforce 2 MX 32MB: $100
    20.4gb 7200rpm Maxtor HD: $107
    Enlight 7237 Case w/300w PS: $65
    3com 56k PCI WinModem: $29
    Floppy: $15
    Creative Labs 48x CD: $32
    Total: $600

    What would you all recommend to get this thing down $100? Still hoping for good quality/stability like this system. Thanks!


    i try my best to help you the total is 540included shipping so check out all this link than you will know what you got
    .by the way the system i choose for you is 15%performent best than you choose.http://www.newegg.com/app/shoppingcart.asp?submit=SHIPPING http://www.newegg.com/app/shoppingcart.asp?submit=SHIPPING [URL=http://products.onvia.com/gen/search/thecartmanwarr.asp?shiptozip=83843&warrActive=&line=&ProductID=1695226&secretshipto=83843&secretshipvia=2D&freighttotalhidden=25.62&shipvi a=UPG]http://products.onvia.com/gen/search/thecartmanwarr.asp?shiptozip=83843&warrActive=&line=&ProductID=1695226&secretshipto=83843&secretshipvia=2D&freighttotalhidden=25.62&shipv ia=UPG[/URL] http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261463&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261464&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261719&f=0 http://albums.photopoint.com/j/ViewPhoto?u=1485165&a=11191276&p=44261720&f=0


    [/B][/QUOTE]sorry for get add modem for if you add a modem at newegg it cos 20to 35 more

    to me i will build a system for 600 dollar included dvd drive . well how it work like this at newegg.com take creative lab cd out 34dollar so at onvia.com add the toshiba 12xdvd for 64dollar so and at upgradeplanet.com order the cpu only and spent another 30 for the hsf so you overclock that baby at 1gig

    By cablejuggaloz March 20, 2001, 04:00 PM

    ECS Elite K7VZA with 700MHz Duron - $124
    128MB Generic PC133 RAM - $28
    20.3GB 5400 Ultra 100 HD - $80
    16MB Riva TNT2 AGP Video Card - $39
    40x Generic IDE CD-ROM - $19
    Floppy Drive - $5
    Phoebe 56K Modem - $7
    Creative Ensoniq AudioPCI - $19
    Translucent Case (in many colors) - $22
    Altec Lansing ACS33 3-Piece Speaker Set - $25
    Futura 17" Monitor - $115

    Total of $483! All found on Pricewatch on 03/20/2001!

    By sicko March 21, 2001, 08:36 AM

    you might want to look into an auction site like ubid.com or egghead.com At egghead.com I've seen IBM 56k V90 (PCI) modems (not win-modems) go for about $3-$15 on there, and I've seen Geforce2 MXs go for around $30. Just make sure the description says it's new and in a box, and make sure it has a warrenty. To cut back a little more you might want to look around for better prices on the mobo & CPU. I like newegg.com they've got really good prices (they might not be THE lowest but they're very good prices) and I've never been screwed over by them. Shop around, and don't forget to include shipping cost when you're calculating your order, some times its cheaper to buy from a site which has a slightly higher price, simply b/c they don't screw you on the shipping. And don't forget the price of a HSF...unless you're getting a retail CPU


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