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post #1 of 19
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So ive pretty much spent all my time researching whats best for gaming and my mate has asked me to build him a computer but he doesnt game (avid PS3 user, tattoos and all)

All he will be doing is
Web browsing and downloading torrents, So a few 2tb hardrives are a given,

When i am curious about is what NEW <-- parts can he purchase to build such a pc.
It has to be functionally fast rather than graphically fast.

Hes looking to spend about 1000$ including a 'giant monitor' but im sure 24inch will do him.

Any other info you need just let me know. Thanks guys.
post #2 of 19
He would probably be fine with an Intel Core i3. Those fly and don't cost much.
post #3 of 19
Thread Starter 
Do just get a basic motherboard? 1 pCI slot etc. Whats a basic video card?
post #4 of 19
Ill build a system, sec.



You can mess around with it.

One less hard drive and you can get a better graphics card.

All he really needs is like a 9800gt if he doesn't game.
Edited by Draggin - 8/17/11 at 5:11pm
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post #5 of 19
Build AMD and spend the extra on a really nice monitor, maybe an SSD for OS, nice KB and mouse which are things he'll appreciate more. For web browsing and downloading you don't need any CPU power. He'll get more enjoyment out of a snappy SSD and nice peripherals.
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post #6 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
Ill build a system, sec.



You can mess around with it.

One less hard drive and you can get a better graphics card.

All he really needs is like a 9800gt if he doesn't game.
I see no video card but a 650 watt psu?
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post #7 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Draggin View Post
Ill build a system, sec.



You can mess around with it.

One less hard drive and you can get a better graphics card.

All he really needs is like a 9800gt if he doesn't game.
An almost $200 CPU for browsing the internet and downloading stuff? Ridiculous. That much RAM is completely unnecessary.
    
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post #8 of 19
lol

its a base
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post #9 of 19
No offense, but if your friend isn't gaming, can he even keep up with a athlon ii x2?
    
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post #10 of 19
Maybe an i3 2100 and 4GB of ram, a cheapy mobo with onboard, 2x 2TB WD Green drives, a 64gb Crucial M4 and a LitePower 450w PSU.
Edited by Custard - 8/17/11 at 6:33pm
    
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