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They are willing to pay $600-$700. they do not need any accessories. and are mainly going to be doing internet browsing, watching movies, and editing some photos any help would be appreciated.
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post #2 of 21
For this kind of use this is actually a big and fairly flexible budget. I am assuming the cost must include the OS? Or will this be excluded i.e. you are going to get it yourself via student discount.
How heavy photo editing are we talking? Photoshop with massive image, or the kind of photo editing anyone would do in, say, Picasa?
post #3 of 21
Watch moving.
Like what of movie format dvd or blu-ray?
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post #4 of 21
You will be needing a X4 Athlon CPU
4GB of RAM,
a cheap mobo, 880 Chipset maybe?

a GTX550? or ATI 65xx series?

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post #5 of 21
LOL!

Buy them the cheapest crap you can (as long as it works) and pocket the remaining 200-300 bucks! Like they will know the difference.

OK but seriously if only web browsing you shouldn't need to spend more than $400. In fact for web browsing, you can purchase one fully assembled for less than that.

Go AMD because it's cheaper, 4GB cheap ram, 500GB cheap HDD, very basic DVD writer/reader (no blu ray), use on board graphics on cheap MOBO, yadda yadda blah blah blah. The only thing I wouldn't cheap out on is the PSU. You don't need alot of wattage, but get one from a more known manufacturer.

You wan't to really do it with style load up ubuntu and tell them it's a "cutting edge high performance OS with all custom tailored programs" ROFL!

EDIT: I just realized I'm pretty horrible in my own special little way...
Edited by Techprimus - 6/10/11 at 7:30am
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post #6 of 21
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post #7 of 21
6850? Why, so he can log on Battle.net when he comes home? lol
   
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post #8 of 21
Older folks keep their computers for much longer periods so might as well get the best components for the budget. Maybe 5 years from now, the 6850 (and this build in general) will be able to keep up with future software.
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post #9 of 21
If you're not a gamer, or doing heavy photo editing, go with Atomfix's suggestions on a gpu. Also Athelon 2 640 at the most. Pour the savings into a bluray - ROM and a small SSD for quick on and off's. They'll love you for it...
    
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post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by PowerTrip View Post
Older folks keep their computers for much longer periods so might as well get the best components for the budget. Maybe 5 years from now, the 6850 (and this build in general) will be able to keep up with future software.
Even in that case I think I'd go with a 6670 just for heat/noise/consumption
   
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Windows 7  Yamakasi Leonidas 30" 2560x1600 (LG) Ducky Shine II Silverstone 450w Gold 
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Lazerwerx Custom Razer Naga Cyber Snipa XL Corsair Vengeance 1500 
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Lamptron FC Touch Fan Controller 
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AMD 750k Black Gigabyte FM2 A85x Wifi AMD 6950 Corsair Vengeance 
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Corsair Force SSD Cooler Master Seidon 120 Ubuntu Built In 
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Aluminum Briefcase 
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i5 2500k asrock z77 itx asus gtx 670 crucial ballistix 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital caviar black mushkin chronos deluxe  corsair h100 w/ 4x Cougar Vortex windows 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Yamakasi Leonidas 30" 2560x1600 razer blackwidow ultimate seasonic x750 bitfenix prodigy 
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Wester Digital Scorpio Black Mushkin Chronos Deluxe Swiftech H20-220 Elite Noiseblocker Multiframe M12-s3hs x2 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7  Yamakasi Leonidas 30" 2560x1600 (LG) Ducky Shine II Silverstone 450w Gold 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Lazerwerx Custom Razer Naga Cyber Snipa XL Corsair Vengeance 1500 
Other
Lamptron FC Touch Fan Controller 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 750k Black Gigabyte FM2 A85x Wifi AMD 6950 Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Corsair Force SSD Cooler Master Seidon 120 Ubuntu Built In 
Case
Aluminum Briefcase 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5 2500k asrock z77 itx asus gtx 670 crucial ballistix 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
Western Digital caviar black mushkin chronos deluxe  corsair h100 w/ 4x Cougar Vortex windows 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Yamakasi Leonidas 30" 2560x1600 razer blackwidow ultimate seasonic x750 bitfenix prodigy 
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