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With the price of HDs right now, I don't see any reason to sink cash there at this time, unless it's an SSD. A 64GB Crucual M4 is ~$100 and would be a logical option as a boot and programs drive. Such an upgrade would cut into the cost of other components. My main concern is that the machine will probably be used to play WOW, a better GPU is really the way to go to solve this challenge. Loading speed is pointless if you load into a game that runs like crap.
     
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I would recommend an SSD as an upgrade in this case. You can get a 120gb intel ssd on newegg right now for around $204 + tax. This will improve loading times of all there applications beyond anything you could put into that computer at this point. Just my 2 cents.
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I believe your motherboard supports socket AM3. I would recommend upgrading the CPU and also getting a 64gb SSD.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103808

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820148441

I have only a 64gb SSD in two computers I built. One was for my mom and the other for my grandparents. If your parents are the same, they don't need any more space than that.

This will definitely give you the biggest boost!
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A lot of people will suggest a CPU upgrade here, but i think it's important to point out, that any CPU upgrade possible on an AMD platform will not produce much more per core performance compared to the Athon II that is currently in play. As it stands currently, the machine is used in tasks that aren't going to take advantage of more cores anyways, so a CPU upgrade, IMO, is the least useful upgrade you can make at this point.
     
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morning everybody,

so apperently you need to BUY a pin # in order to actually even call their support line....why did my parents get this brand -.-"

i dont think ill be able to find if their mobo supports all the things i will be getting.

should i just buy a new mobo just to be safe?

just to reiterate:
im stuck between:
1) a new mobo
2) blu ray drive
3) solid state drive

thanks!
    
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I would recommend an SSD as an upgrade in this case. You can get a 120gb intel ssd on newegg right now for around $204 + tax. This will improve loading times of all there applications beyond anything you could put into that computer at this point. Just my 2 cents.
if you want my honest opinion go with this. it's the easiest install and biggest speed improvement for everyday use.
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Myself,I would keep a PC that my parents use free from an SSD.Your parents just want the thing to work,they are not out for the blazing speed offered by the SSD.Perhaps it is because SSD's are still "new" (even after all this time) but we still get many letters on this forum about SSD issues.Put this SSD thought away and install a nice, easy to troubleshoot hdd in this thing, that is unless you are "the man" when it comes to SSD issues.
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Well if you live close to a microcenter you might be able to pick up phenom x2 560 BE and gigabyte mobo for about 90 bucks total, add 4gigs of crucial ballistix ram ,his 6450 1gb ddr3 video card and ocz vertex plus 60gb ssd. If you have one near you, total for all the things above will be about 242 without taxes.
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Myself,I would keep a PC that my parents use free from an SSD.Your parents just want the thing to work,they are not out for the blazing speed offered by the SSD.Perhaps it is because SSD's are still "new" (even after all this time) but we still get many letters on this forum about SSD issues.Put this SSD thought away and install a nice, easy to troubleshoot hdd in this thing, that is unless you are "the man" when it comes to SSD issues.
Decent HDD's are currently really expensive. Otherwise I would agree.

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1. SSD and HDD - most people don't realise the value of a fast SSD(well, if they are on OCN they propably do). I recomend you use it together with a regular HDD for storage as SSD's don't have a lot of storage space(yet), and the ones that do are quite pricey.
2. RAM - 4Gb
3. dedicated video card - a low end card shuld be enough for websurfing and video, even some low req. games
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