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help with parts for upgrade

My friend has an old HP that we can salvage some parts from:

graphics card: ATI Radeon 9800
hard drive: Maxtor ATA/133 120 GM
CD drive: Liteon
Keyboard, Mouse, Monitor, Windows XP oem

She wants to keep the cost as cheap as possible, but yet have a reliable system for typing term papers, surfing the web and e-mail.

Any suggestions for CPU (prefer AMD), RAM, CASE, PSU, MOTHERBOARD?


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What cpu, ram, psu, motherboard do you have now?

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since its budget and keeping agp

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cpu p4 socket 478, it has power for web and email.

mobo standard 478 atx

ram 512mb (256 x 2) pc3200

case antec solution

power supply antec smart 400w power supply

as you can see its basic, most people that reply to this will probably pick amd so all this is imo.


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best I can do.

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60 bucks

AMD XPot sure what the codename is)
$111 incl. shipping
OR (if really budgeted, and dont mind OEM)
AMD 64 Barton Core (if don't mind going a step lower, The Thoroughbred-B core is your third option)

Kingston: if you know how to change the CAS, this memory supposedly runs perfectly stable at 2.5
79 total.

Case and PSU are easy to decide upon...Enermax, Antec, OCZ PSU's and you will be fine, and Cases are a matter of personal preference.
I don't know what she is willing to pay, but I think the Super Lanboy is a great all around case. It's stylish, SUPER light, and easy to work in.

I just bought a KT-424 and am EXTREMELY happy with it, it is a Lian Li quality case but for 96 bucks total (window, mobo tray, lots of room, tooless drive rails, front fans, filter for said fans, built in hidden rheostat on the front, and very sleek).

Just read some reviews and you can choose between looks/budget/features.

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For light duty, stick with the Sempron

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I just bought a CPU/mobo combo from newegg, w/ new 512MB Kingston RAM came to less than $150 shipped. Definitely recommend name-brand RAM.

I got the BioStar mobo, Sempron 2200+, quite peppy for what it is. BUY A GOOD POWER SUPPLY! I love the Nexus 300W from www.endpcnoise.com, cheap and dead-quiet, around $60.

You do realize that you will have to format & clean install an OS to the HDD, you can't change machines without CMOS problems causing boot failures with the old HDD. I'd go generic on the case or re-use the HP, but I'm not into bling.

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Windows XP oem

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Do you have the CD for this??????? John

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Yes, I think that's what it is.

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Cheapest way

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You'd be better off buying a eMachine or the like for $400. They are fast, and will do what you mentioned very well and more. If you have hardware available you should be able to use them in this kind of machine. Just have a minimum of 512mb memory.


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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, they give me a good starting point.

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