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Ok, and tips, adivce? Sadly, the most expensive thing is the case. This is gonna go to my cousin if it actually works after i shove all the junk together. Her PC is literally over 10 years old, so this would be an upgrade for her. I want it to work well, but I mostly want it to be cheap. I know all about power supply issues with case deals, but I'm cheap.

Edit: Oh btw for some reason my cousin has a flatscreen monitor, so no need to upgrade that. It's actually decent.

MicroATX Case - $49.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108060

80GB HDD - $34.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822210003

The Lightest Looking Beige DVD player I could find to match the case - $15.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136125

512 RAM (made sure it goes with mobo) x2
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161627

Mobo w/ Processor attached (using built in video)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135060

Some cheap heatsink... Will it work with what I have? Do I even need it?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835114033

Thanks in advance. I'm an apple certified techy as of 2 days ago. I want to get some PC experience. I've heard lots of bad things about the A++ test.
 

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go for a cheap case at tigerdirect or a local retailer for about $20 to save more money (do you really need microATX?). and go with one of patriot's heatsink suggestions; you really don't need a $20 one for a computer like that. also: this RAM is decent, you might even want to buy 2 of them: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1558820&Sku=C19-4232
it is DDR2 but they should be backward compatible with old mobos. and at that price! (i actually got them during christmas when they were $10 apiece)
 

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oh. ok, thanks. yeah, it's really hard to come by DDR memory now. do you think it's worth it to spend a bit more money on a DDR2-supported board and get that money back by spending less on DDR2 RAM, with the added benefit of a speed increase?
 

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Well, it depends on your use. In most cases one should probably go for a DDR2 board, but this is a super small budget build, so it's probably not too big of a deal.

DDR boards tend to be older and more outdated, which means they will be the first on the path to obsolescence, something I try to avoid...
 

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but this is a super small budget build
what i meant was, the extra money that one spends buying a DDR2 board will probably be the same amount saved by buying DDR2 RAM instead of DDR (ie. in the end, one would spend the same amount of money). so, plus the increased speed, wouldn't that be more beneficial?
 

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It's possible, if the OP can find a board and chip that's DDR2 compatible for 20 bucks more than what he has, it would work...I've seen deals like that from frys before, it just takes some hard looking...
 

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Sorry, I read what you guys were saying and took it into consideration, but went with the RAM I had. Keep in mind, this was a Mobo+CPU+GPU combo. To upgrade the mobo, I would've had to find one with a built in GPU while staying in budget, and get a new processor. Thats just too much. I went with patriot's 5.99 heatsink. I also ditched the microatx and got a link...something. Linkwood maybe? All I can think of when I try to think of the company's name is Link from Legend of Zelda. The computer does what it has to for my cousin, and it was nice practice for me. Thanks guys.
 
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