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Hello,

I'm building a computer for my girlfriend's family. Her mom insists on getting "the best parts" despite not doing anything demanding on her PC, so I have come here for some help. I have chosen everything except the motherboard and CPU so far. Budget is less than a grand before tax+shipping.



I've chosen such a high resolution monitor, because she wants the same monitor I have due to its size. The power supply is mostly a place holder, depending on what parts I'll be getting. I chose 8GB of RAM, because the Dell at the store has 8GB and she wants it to be better than that.

I have posted this in both the Intel and AMD boards, because I'm not exactly sure what would be best (although she says she wants the "i" like the Dell has, lol). She just doesn't want the computer to be slow and to last a long time. It's tough for me to decide what parts to choose, because she wants "the best," but she obviously doesn't need it. I mean I could easily piece together an amazing 2600k set-up, but I'd feel terrible having her spend so much on something she will never utilize.

I would appreciate any help you guys could give me.
post #2 of 28
Go for a Core i5 650 and an MSI P55 board, decent value.
post #3 of 28
Why p55? is not like that computer is going to be overclocked at all. Something cheaper and decent like athlon x4+785g/880+sideport is good enough.
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Velociraptor LG DVD-RW Dual layer SATA Mshit W7 Ultimate x64 Lg 24" Led 
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post #4 of 28
gigabyte 880gma-ud2h and a athlonx4. this way she'll have usb3 and all the lastest features. also the onboard should be enough(4250)i think the psu is way overkill though.
Edited by toyz72 - 4/26/11 at 7:12pm
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post #5 of 28
an antec basic 350 is enough for an athlon x4+igp only computer. Better to give her a good big led screen and a pretty case.
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Western Digital Velociraptor LG DVD-RW Dual layer SATA Mshit W7 Ultimate x64 Lg 24" Led 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
Western Digital Velociraptor LG DVD-RW Dual layer SATA Mshit W7 Ultimate x64 Lg 24" Led 
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Remember the 15% off RAM promo code! [DM15AP11US]
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Remember the 15% off RAM promo code! [DM15AP11US]
Appears maybe the funds have run out on "DM15AP11US", came up invalid tonight for me at chech out..

Be sure to use the "EMCKFHH34" promo on those X's for $28.75 off.
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19 in. Sam. TPN-650 Source 530 
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Zotac PE 240 D15 10 G Series 550 
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6300 M5A99FX Pro 270 8G Rip-Z's 
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240/460a Asus  H110 8.1 
MonitorPowerCase
19 in. Sam. TPN-650 Source 530 
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post #8 of 28
You can get an ssd and make it feel like it's made of the bestestering parts in the world.
    
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post #9 of 28
Why not just get one of the new AMD E-350 APU itx motherboards 4gb's of ram, an SSD and call it a day?
post #10 of 28
I'd go intel for a family computer. You're going to need something great at multitasking if they're going to be signing in and out of their own accounts with programs running in the background. It'll have to muscle its way through life, hahaha.
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