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It's looking like my folk's old system is starting to go. They are having problems with their rear port USB Ports, sign that the 6+ year old Pentium D system is nearing its final life cycle. Not bad for a sub 500$ system. They also previously had their psu fan rattling and making noises until it fixed itself, who knows.

Discussing with them their options, they'd rather me build and set up the machine myself (with legal copy of Windows 7 I have) and mail it to them then buy it from say dell (as it'll be at least 150$ more from them) or even having ncix assemble the parts together and ship it to them.

I've told them setting up windows would be easy, and that I could remote into their current computer and download from MSDNAA a copy of windows 7, burn it to DVD and then talk them through the easy process to install windows but they'd rather me do it.

With that said I've been mulling over a couple of builds for them and was wondering which would be better for them, seeing as they want to get the most for their money and not spend a ton.

What they want to (and currently) use their computer:
Web browsing
Outlook
Basic photo editing with photoshop
Editing drawings in Autocad (this is new with my dad's new work contract)
Watch HD video from family gathering recorded by my uncle on his hd camcorder.

Two possible builds:
Build 1:
Offer them my htpc build at a rather reduced cost to them (unknown current worth but I can't give it to them as they won't accept it for free)
Intel Pentium Dual Core G620
Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte H67 motherboard
Silverstone Grandia GD05B
Corsair 400W PSU
ASUS Radeon HD 5450 Silent Edition (its able to do 1080p playback)

Its very silent which I know they'd enjoy
I'd need to buy still:
500GB hard drive (they can't even fill up a 80GB hdd they have now)
DVD-ROM

Build 2:
ASUS P8H61-I
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB
Intel Core i3 2100
Corsair 430W PSU
Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case
DVD-ROM Drive
500GB Hard Drive

Input greatly appreciated on the two builds, to see which would more suit their needs.
post #2 of 24
Build 2, the intergrated on the i3 should have no problems for 1080p video playback
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I would let them have the i3, I got my dad an i3 2100 build, no gpu, 8gb ram (lol), 64gb crucial m4, 4 2tb hd's, haf 912 case, and a 500watt psu and he's running 2 monitors no problem for movies, web browsing etc.

The i3 would also be better in auto cad, I've used it for 4 years and having more threads always helps.

Go with option two, maybe they can get a gfx card to help with the autocad work later, but the i3 should be fine for now.
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To my knowledge its going to be basic cad work, just that he'll be using it now. I was thinking that, though wanted at the same time to keep their costs down
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I think option one is still a great system for their needs, but no doubt option 2 is a better rig. For me it would come down to cost, Option one is a big upgrade from what they already have and it would do them proud for for a good few years so why blow the extra cash for option 2.
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That was to a degree my thoughts. They have had no complaints about the speed of their system even after so many years(perhaps they are used to slow computers) even with their about 1 year old basic laptop they use around the house and when they travel.

I'm just stuck between the two, it's not like money is tight for them, its more so them and well me wanting to get a system that'll be good for their needs and keep the cost low if possible.
post #7 of 24
Option 1 is cheaper, option 2 is better. So you must decide, cheaper or better?
If money isn't a real issue, I would go with build 2 as it will last them longer and run faster.
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Yep money isn't really an option, just more so the most out of the money they do spend.
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I would go with option one. It is a fine system for their needs and it sounds like they don't want an upgrade so much as something that will work for them as their current computer is dying.

The i3 is definitely nicer, but what will they need all the power for? Can you foresee anything in the future?

Perhaps you could convince them to take your HTPC as a loaner until you can arrange something better for them... you know, trick them into it so that they don't pay you. I personally hate taking money from my parents... they give so much already.
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Originally Posted by mlp View Post
Perhaps you could convince them to take your HTPC as a loaner until you can arrange something better for them... you know, trick them into it so that they don't pay you. I personally hate taking money from my parents... they give so much already.
This, but many more like something along the lines of "hey, you can borrow this computer for a while, its not all that useful to me.." and then never take it back.


Or build 2, build 2 seems very nice and should satisfy their needs completely.
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