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For reference, his current maching is a PII running Win98 on less memory then my flash drive (and that was a freebie).
Target budget was 500 euro, though a variation of about 100 is allowed.
I came up with the following:
Kingston DDR4200 1 GB kit
Hitachi 320 GB drive
Antec basiq 350W PSU
Other parts (case, keyboard, mouse, display, floppy, etc) will be scavenged from the old machine.
This I can build for 540 euros or so.
I could drop below the 500 barrier by going AMD and/or single core, but since one of the things he does with his PC is realtime encoding of his guitar, I'm thinking the second core won't be unwelcome. And it'll give the PC at least a year or two more before the next update is necessary...
Since this is my first Intel build ever, what do you all think?
PS: Sticking with the onboard audio for now, but maybe I'll fix him up with a proper creative product later on to give him MIDI connectivity.