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Building my lil sister a computer , I have built arould 5 other computers, but most were for me and i went with the top of the line

Currently she uses a Celeron 500mhz HP with 384 ram and a 60 gig harddrive :(

I am building her a 3.4 Pentium 4 HT socket 775 , with 512 ddr2

she most likely will never have more then 1 harddrive and 1 DVD-RW in the system , and her Videocard will most likely be a PCI card , not express

What can i get away with in terms of Powersupplys for her ?

Here is her Motherboard (INTEL BOXD915PBLL Socket T (LGA 775))

Here is her Processor (intel Pentium 4 550 800MHz FSB LGA 775 )

I got them both Brand new for $100 :P

Also do you recommend going with a Case that has a powersupply bundled with it , Or buy the case and powersupply seperate ??

I just dont know how a unknown brand of powersupply will hold up , I always use antec 480+

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i would prolly go with the bundle, considering the "crappy" parts u will be putting in there except for the processor

ah not so much crappy parts....

The motherboard is nice

The processor is nice

she will get 512 of Crucial DDR2

A PCI Videocard , since she doesnt do videogames

The 60 gig harddrive out of the HP , again she doesnt need alot

Integrated HD sound

5.1 Logitech Speakers

DVD or CD burner , probably a NEC or Liteon

Integrated NIC

Standard Floppy

and a Standard Case, Maybe something with a window ?

I just dont wanna go OVERKILL , since she is just doing Internet and burning music, Now me on the otherhand , I have 7 harddrives ....over a Terabyte of Info...lol :P

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cant really go wrong with one of the cheaper Antec cases (that come with a psu).

There are cheaper still but it'll do the job nicely.

Take a look at http://www.antec.com/us/pro_en_solution.html although I'm afraid I cant say the US prices, you wont have to spend the earth and at least you wont have to worry about the quality of the PSU for the task at hand :)

Hope it helps.

P.S. Just be sure to choose one that is big enough for the motherboard to fit in hehe and if you think that this is a 'over-the-top' choice, even the most basic of machines need a good solid psu behind then :D



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