Computer Parts List

Here is my list of all the parts we will be using to build your cheap computer.

Cheap CPU

The CPU (Cental Processing Unit) is the brain of your cheap computer. I recommend you get at least a 2.0 Ghz Intel CPU, either a Celeron for a lower price, or for better performance a Pentium 4.
Intel P4 3.06GHz / 512K Cache / 533MHz FSB / Socket 478 / Processor
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The motherboard it the piece of your cheap computer that connects all the other cheap parts. There are many different brands of motherboards with many different features available. You can get motherboards with many of the parts listed here built right in. This allows you spend less money and time spent on your cheap computer parts, but the integrated parts are usually not as high quality as seperate computer parts.
DFI LAN Party Pro 875 Socket 478 Motherboard
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Works GREAT with the P4 Above

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Cheap RAM

RAM is the fast access storage area of your computer. It is like the hard drive but where your hard drive holds your files, the RAM holds the information your computer needs to run. The more RAM you have the faster and more things your cheap computer can do at once. I recommend getting at least 256MB of RAM for your cheap computer. You must make sure you get the right kind of RAM for the motherboard you choose. The motherboard will list the type of RAM it uses, either DDR or SD-RAM.
Premium 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory
Premium 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz Memory

If 512MB DDR RAM doesn't do it for you,
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The hard drive is the thing that store all your files. The bigger the hard drive the more files you can hold. I recommend getting at least a 40GB hard drive for your cheap computer.
Western Digital 120GB EIDE / 7200 RPM / 8MB / 8.9ms / ATA-100 / Hard Drive
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Looking for an even BIGGER drive? Well then check out this great list of hard drives.


You need to at least get one of these. The most basic is the CD-ROM, it costs the least but gives you the least amount of performace. If you are looking to create your own CDs, for music and backing up your files, get a CD-Writer. If you would like to play DVDs on your computer get a DVD-ROM. I recommend getting both a CD-Writer and a DVD-ROM for your cheap computer.
NEC ND1300: 4x2x12x DVD-RW, 4x2.4x12x DVD+RW, 16x10x40x CD-RW with Ulead Software
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You need a floppy drive to use any disks. Most floppy drives are the same, so take your pick.
1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
1.44 MB Floppy Disk Drive
1.44 Floppy drive w/cables

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The graphics card is the piece of hardware that you need to plug your monitor into. This is a piece of hardware that you can get included on your motherboard. I recommend you get at least a GeForce 2 Graphics Card, it will give you good performace for your cheap computer.
Connect3D Radeon 9800 Pro 256MB DDR AGP8X TV & DVI Video Card
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The sound card is the piece of hardware that you need to play music and sounds. This is another piece of hardware that you can get included on your motherboard. The sound card I recommend is a Soundblaster Audigy. It gives you the option of using 5.1 surround sound speakers with your computer for those movies your watch with your DVD-Rom.
Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 Platinum Pro
Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 Platinum Pro
5.1 Surround Sound, a MUST for any gamer or any multimedia buffs looking to watch some DVDs on your desktop.

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You need a modem or ethernet card to connect to the internet. Modems are used for dail-up internet and ethernet cards are used for high-speed internet. For a dial-up, I recommend a 56KB Modem, and for highspeed, I recommend a 10/100 MB/s ethernet card.
TRENDnet - TEG-PCITX - 32-Bit 10/100/1000Mbps Copper Gigabit Ethernet PCI Card
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Cheap Computer CASE

The case holds all the parts for your cheap computer. For Intel Pentium and Celeron CPUs you need a case with a 300watt power supply. You can get many different case designs, so you can pick one that suits you.
Artec PC Full Tower Case Silver
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Monitors are your visual connection to your cheap computer. They plug into your video card and together create the wonderous images you see. So if you have a nice video card, I recommend getting a nice monitor as well. Today's monitor standards are 17" monitors with a dot pitch under .26. Your monitor should also be able to support at least a resolution of 1280 x 1024.
Sony StylePro SDM-S81R 1280x1024 18
18" Flat Screen Monitor. Now who wouldn't want one of these?