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Ok,

I had my sisters PC here and it felt like I was in the Middle Ages again looking to what's in there..she has a Packard Hell with 1GB 553Mhz memory and a Intel Core2Duo with a 7200 Nvidia grafix card, but seriously that things was so slow..I did a fresh reinstall of Windows for her and when she same to pick it up, I told her: get a new one, please !
She told me: Ok, no problem, can you build me one ? I have about 300-350 Euro to spend for some new parts.
Ok my question to you all:
What would you guys go for if you could build a new AMD rig for her that will at least will take some years to be also slow and old...she is not a heavy PC gamer, but she likes Sims 3 and more of that kind of games..no COD or F1 2010 or Crysis.
I was looking at the Fusion boards (AMD 350m1) with 6310 intergrated, but I am not sure if that is the path I should go on.
She already has a monitor, keyboard and mouse, no problem there, but I don't want to give her stuff that in a couple of years she will call me and say: he this stuff is getting crappy man!
I am also then for the lookout of a case,a good not too expensive psu for this rig and a Sata HDD.

Hope you can help me out!
Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 69
Goede Midag
Dunno what prices are like in Tthe Netherlands but in the states you can pick up a decent quad core barebone for about $300 ish. The PSU that they use are usually pretty cheap quality and won't power up most gaming videocards so I'd get a StealthXtreme and a decent videocard for it like gts 450 or 5770. That in the states though so i dunno if that helps you in anyway
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Goeden avond
MSI 760 motherboard 45 Euro
PhenomIIx4 840 87 Euro
4GB memory 40Euro
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HDD 50Euro

Sadly that place's power supply and case selection sucks badly. But with 80 to 130 euro left after those you have plenty of choice.
Edited by allikat - 5/5/11 at 12:19pm
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Goede Midag
Dunno what prices are like in Tthe Netherlands but in the states you can pick up a decent quad core barebone for about $300 ish. The PSU that they use are usually pretty cheap quality and won't power up most gaming videocards so I'd get a StealthXtreme and a decent videocard for it like gts 450 or 5770. That in the states though so i dunno if that helps you in anyway
Goedemiddag! Very good (and funny) from your side.
Oh here it's already Goedeavond (good evening) it's almost 21:15.
Well prices are Ok, but still this is Europe and what you pay in the States in USD, we pay in EUR. Just look at Apple Online stores. It's quite difficult to check as you have so many choice, but I just don't want to end with too basic stuff. Athlon II is Ok, but a little bit budget for my taste. Or am I too picky now?
I wanna keep it all AMD, but it could be that I have to be more flexible in my choice. But thanks for your advise, it gives me a start.
post #5 of 69
The Core 2 Duo (even the 1.86 GHz ones) is faster than Zacate E-350. That'll mean a graphics upgrade but it'll be a serious hit in CPU power. Quite noticeable when you're installing programs, Windows updates, etc.

Go for an AMD 880G motherboard + Athlon II X2 which should cost around the same as Zacate or better yet, wait for Llano. It should be coming out in July and her current build should tide her over until then.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 5/5/11 at 12:22pm
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Oh, and I found a nice computer shop last time I was in Sluis which had Antec and HAF cases, so case choice should be pretty wide.
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Goeden avond
MSI 760 motherboard 45 Euro
PhenomIIx4 840 87 Euro
4GB memory 40Euro
Samsung Spinpoint 1TB HDD 50Euro

Sadly that place's power supply and case selection sucks badly. But with 80 to 130 euro left after those you have plenty of choice.
Everybody knows a little bit of Dutch..very funny!

Good choices, just thinking if I could find a decent 880 board with intergrated video, but that's all 4200 Series graphics, so I don't know..man I was looking at cases, but poeh..if you looking at a range of 50-60 Euro it's still not that much pretty to find, but I am little bit spoiled with my big case. Have to think out of the box!
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I learned my Dutch en Vlaanderen, so forgive me if it's a bit wrong (and also very hard to practice, as everyone switched to English at the first opportunity)
Nothing wrong with a cheap case, but don't get the ones with "free" psu, because that PSU will fail at everything, including paperweight duty.
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I learned my Dutch en Vlaanderen, so forgive me if it's a bit wrong (and also very hard to practice, as everyone switched to English at the first opportunity)
Nothing wrong with a cheap case, but don't get the ones with "free" psu, because that PSU will fail at everything, including paperweight duty.
If you wanna talk Dutch, that's fine by me..but my English is also good as I practice it every day because of my job
Yeah I know, I steer clear away from those cases with a free PSU..it falls apart when you even look at it..well I have some time, it's not like she needs it in the end of the week, so I can take my time looking at it..it's also not a big deal for her if it's a little bit over budget, just not that I am going to spend 500 Euro or in that range.
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The Core 2 Duo (even the 1.86 GHz ones) is faster than Zacate E-350. That'll mean a graphics upgrade but it'll be a serious hit in CPU power. Quite noticeable when you're installing programs, Windows updates, etc.

Go for an AMD 880G motherboard + Athlon II X2 which should cost around the same as Zacate or better yet, wait for Llano. It should be coming out in July and her current build should tide her over until then.
Hmm that's not a bad idea, what I can expect from Llano in performance and costs wise ? Do you have a link for some articles I can check regarding Llano ?
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