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Called my grandfather tonight and spent a few minutes on TeamViewer so I could check a few things on his current box - yeah that thing is OLD. It's got a 70GB HDD in it, and he barely uses half of it, much of which is bloatware from the original stock install. So he could probably get by with a 64GB SSD, even though Win7 takes a significant bit more space for the install alone...If he's only used that much in 8 years...he should be fine. I can always get him a storage HDD later if it looks like he needs it. Either way, that'll drop the cost another $50 or so.
New wishlist, assuming my order at MicroCenter goes through (it should). I'm still flaky on the mobo, but looking to spend between $50 and $100, now that I've lowered the price some elsewhere.
I do realize this thing is way more than he needs, but if he keeps this one for another 8 years, it should be in better shape then the one he has had up until now has been. Then again, someone probably said that about the one he has now way back then...
EDIT: I like that all-in-one you posted, trumpet. For some reason my wife is against getting him a dual core, though I think it'd still be enough for him. I'm going to look at that some anyway.

No problem. Phenom II can do its wonder as well, even though it won't be pushed to the extreme.
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the 840, by the way, is really, at it's heart, an Athlon, although the OEM phII 830 can be found at microcenter for around only 10 dollars more if you include the price of a cooler.
price has been jacked up to a 100$/no cooler. - no longer worth it to buy.
the 830 may provide a small performance boost for the future(miniscule it may be with the clock boost and L3 Cache).
you've been incessantly mentioning longevity throughout the thread so i figured I would mention it.

I, personally, have been looking to build an actual gaming box in a similar price bracket lately.
I actually scrapped the idea(postponed until Q1-Q2 2012), but the base I put together would seem very fitting for a man like your grandfather.

I would cherry pick a few components from my thread here and:
use this 6750 for 90$ or a 5/6770 from the OCN marketplace for 80ish
(easily chops 100 off the total in comparison to that 560 I had specc'd)
get this Rosewill 550W 80+ Modular HIVE for 70$

that card I listed additionally comes with a free copy of Dirt 3
you might as well leave the gaming window open for a man as bright and deserving as your grandfather.

total with an SSD and 8gigs of RAM looks like 470ish?
That said, if you can find a 1366 CPU for less than 170, buy the goddamn thing for him; It'll make him feel good.

notes:
If a quad is really needed, you can a pay a bit more and get that 840 with that Gigabyte AM3+ mATX board microcenter carries.
the Core 1000 is beautiful and tiny, but keep in mind that it's mATX only
you dont have to run with a modular PSU, but ekg84 suggests it.
I'd get him a half-decent midrange GPU... lord only knows what webpages will look like/do in 7 years...
Edited by stealthybox - 12/25/11 at 10:42pm
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get this Rosewill 550W 80+ Modular HIVE for 70$

I bought two of those power supplies a few weeks ago and both builds are running great with overclocked 960t CPUs and 6870 GPU. I'd recommend it.
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