More on the $450 system with a future

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard

This was to be yesterday’s post, but I was out on service calls. One of them involved a HP PhotoSmart C309 printericon that was interfering with the sync function of their iPods. They were also having trouble with their Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard dictation software, too. More on this story to come.

Here are some TigerDirect links to the products that I used in building the $450 computer system I discussed on Monday. The owner of this system is very happy, and keeps telling people how fast it is.

For the heart of this system I recommend the motherboard and CPU (processor) combination shown at left. Although I used an Intel E5200 processor when I built this system, the processor on this board is quite similar. Pricewise it sticks to my $60 per part plan. (Click the image or link below it to go to Tigerdirect for more info and purchasing.)


For the memory (RAM) I recommend using Crucial 2048MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz Memoryicon. You can pick his up for only $50. By the way, 2048 MB translates into 2 GB of RAM. If you have more money in your budget, I would double the memory, and get 4 GB of RAM. Insuch an event I recommend Crucial’s Ballistix 4096MB PC6400 DDR2 800MHz (2 x 2048MB)icon. (Shown below). I am a big fan of Crucial’s memory chips. I’ve never had a problem with installation or operation. (How hard could it be you ask? Believe me, I have received enough defective chips from other companies.)

I’ll be back later with a list of the remaining parts needed for this system, and more about that printer and iPod problem, too. I have to check in with my doctor now and see how my respiratory problems are doing. I’ve been taking a steroid to keep my throat from swelling shut. Hope your day is going well.


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