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Build an old PC

by Jean Guy Nadeau / March 22, 2006 12:25 PM PST

I have not yet built a pc but would like to try to do it with used inexpensive parts from ebay. I currently have a P3 800 so my next computer would be a P4 of some sort. I would like a suggestion as to where to start. I'm scared about incompatibility issues since there are so many products available.

I would go for an AMD chip even though i've owned only intel up to this point. This would be my 5th computer since 1992.

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Don't buy from eBay
by nathanpsz2 / March 22, 2006 7:24 PM PST
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If the item is DOA (dead on arrival) the seller might say that it was working when they shipped it; that you messed it up. You might get scammed, as well.

I buy all my computer parts from newegg.com, which has the best or second-best prices and great customer service.

What's the budget for this build, and what will you use the PC for?

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look into a barebones unit
by ramarc / March 23, 2006 12:09 AM PST
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barebones make a good foundation for a 1st time builder. they include the motherboard, case, and power supply. you'll only need to add RAM, cpu, and hard drive to get started.

here's a nice one that could handle a celeron or low-end p4:
http://www.geeks.com/products.asp?cat=BBK
Here's another one that could handle dual cores: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16856110044

if you went for the dual core bb unit ($160), added a
2.6ghz dual core ($134), 1gb of ddr2-533 ram ($75), and 2 160gb drives ($150), you'd have a great general purpose PC for around $530 (assuming you already have an OS license). add a $100 PCIe video card for a decent gamer PC; add a $180 video card for a great gamer PC.

downgrading to a 2.8ghz celeron ($75) and a single hard drive lowers the price to only $400.

i've only mentioned intel alternatives. there are also amd barebones and you could build equally good (or even better) amd based PCs for the same prices.

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Check out this website
by gary_hendricks / March 23, 2006 8:44 AM PST
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