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    Question Building a budget computer for < 400$

    Hey guys I am trying to build a low end computer for my dad for less than about 400$ Canadian not including monitor.
    Obviously, I would like to install Linux on it, probably Ubuntu. He just does the usual stuff: browsing, e-mail, skype, im, uploading photos, watch some videos

    I was wondering what you guys recommend.
    Looking for roughly:
    > 2.2ghz cpu
    2 gb ram
    200-500gb hdd
    integrated video
    ethernet
    integrated audio
    upgradeability

    I was leaning to AMD chips (since they are the most cost-efficient at the low end) with a GeForce chipset,
    AMD Athlon II X2 240 Regor 2.8GHz Socket AM3 65W Dual-Core Processor Model ADX240OCGQBOX
    ASRock K10N78M AM3/AM2+/AM2 NVIDIA GeForce 8100 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

    but it seems like performance is much better with an AMD chipset/ATI integrated video card.
    But then, ATI's support for Linux is not the greatest =/

    Should I just stick to the tried and true Intel cpu + NVidia/intel video combo? Something like this:

    Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail
    ASRock G41M-S LGA 775 Intel G41 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    The only problem is LGA775 is End of Life, so it probably won't be very upgradeable in the future... and LGA 1156 CPUs are still kinda pricey..

    Any thoughts?
    Last edited by heri0n; October 30th, 2009 at 08:06 PM.

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    Re: Building a budget computer for < 400$

    bump

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    Re: Building a budget computer for < 400$

    anyone?

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    Re: Building a budget computer for < 400$

    bah

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    Re: Building a budget computer for < 400$

    When I try to configure a new computer, I find I go over your target price. However, there are a number of vendors, such as Tiger Direct, offering refurbished computers for as little as $200 Canadian.

    If I were building a system for your dad, it would be based on an Atom 330 with the Ion video chipset. The savings on electricity would pay for the amount by which it exceeds your budget.

    Here's the config:
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16813500030
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16811154091
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16822136320
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16820231207
    http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16827106335

    Assumes you have a keyboard and mouse from the previous system.

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