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Build A Vista-Ready 64-Bit PC For Under $500

Erik Eckel built his sub-$500 Vista box using a Just4PC ATX mid tower case, an MSI K8MM-V Socket 754 Motherboard, an AMD Athlon 64 3000+ Newcastle Core Socket 754 CPU, an ATI Radeon 9550 video card, Ultra 512MB PC3200 DDR 400MHz RAM and a Fanner Tech AMD K8 Cooler Fan. As the machine will also be used to test other operating systems, Erik sprang for a Kingwin KF-91 black aluminum SATA mobile rack with an extra KF-91 mobile rack tray. He chose to recycle a Memorex DVD burner and Maxtor SATA hard disk.

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