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Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2002 9:50 am

Ok here is what I'm planning on building for my wife. So far it's sub-500 and I'd like to keep as close to that as possible. monitor,keyboard,mouse are gonna be recycled from an old system so I just needed the tower. let me know what you think and give suggestions for alternative parts.

ECS K7S5A SiS 735 $57.00
Enermax, CS-A1QX-06 300W PS $55.00
ECS AG315T 64MB with TV-Out AGP 4x $37.00
AMD Athlon Thunderbird 1GHz 266FSB $79.00
CRUCIAL MICRON 256MB PC2100 DDR RAM $72.00
SONY 1.44MB Floppy $9.00
Seagate Barracuda IV 20GB ST320011A $70.00
Lite On 52x LTN-526 $30.00
CREATIVE LABS SB LIVE! 5.1 $32.00
Arctic Silver II $6.00
Thermaltake VOLCANO 6Cu $13.00

rough total without shipping $460.00


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Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2002 11:03 am

I just recently upgraded my little woman's PC to similar levels. But I went with a 1GHz Duron and suggest you consider it too. It'll be cheaper than a tbird, it'll run way cooler, and if you can unlock it and run it on a 266fsb it'll probably be faster (I was able to unlock the one I got with a pencil).
also, I don't recognize that video card. what chipset does it use?
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Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2002 11:31 am

The video card uses the SiS 315 chipset. Budget level card but with reviews putting it on par with a MX400 from what I've seen. And I'll keep the duron in mind.
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Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:00 pm

I found some 1.13 Tbirds at NewEgg for 79.00. That was last week, but the price should still be the same.
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Postposted on Fri Jan 11, 2002 12:12 pm

ahh yes the SiS 315. I read a review of that somewhere. from what I can tell, it'd be worth it to pony up the extra $20 and get a MX400. or hell, GF2s are going for $65 now. Radeon 8500s and Ti200s are down to ~$155. I guess once you start inspecting you can easily find yourself on a slippery slope.
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