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My Grandfather (87 years old), God bless his heart, said to me yesterday that his computer is running slow. Here's his spec's I grabbed from CPUz:
SDRAM 384 MB
Intel Celeron Tualatin Socket 370 FC-PGA2
ASUSTek TUW-LA
(Compaq Presario 6000)

It's amazing he got his first computer in his late 70's and has come so far. Anyways he wants to upgrade for under $300 not including the OS.
I'm thinking a 960T, inexpensive mobo, 4gb of 1333 ram, cheap plain looking case....would an on-board video card suit if the most graphic intensive thing he does is watch youtube video's?



EDIT/ UPDATE:
So it looks like this thread got a little crazy than I had intended.

To the comment about not stating my grandfather's age; I did so because I'm proud of him at his age for learning to use a computer, most people at that age would say "forget it!".

I'm leaning towards something like this:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856119061
or
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856120007

I'll throw in an SSD or a small HDD and some type of optical drive. From the research I've done these little 350's work great and will play HD movies on youtube. which at 1024 x 768 he'll never touch a 720 resolution rolleyes.gif

As for OS
He doesn't want to change from using Windows XP (I don't blame him). So I was going to install a fresh install of XP and transfer his files over.
Edited by CarlosSpiceyWeiner - 1/25/12 at 10:16am
    
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Personally I'd probably look at a FM1 board with a decent APU and if in any way possible coupled with 8 gigs of RAM.
 
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What does he use his PC for?

If he is like any typical 80 year old then I'm sure building a PC with the cheapest of todays components would be more than enough.

Pentium G620 or a Llano A4-3300 would probably be fine.
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does he really need a fast GPU?
if not, I recommend a Pentium G620 or maybe the i3 2100, use the IGP, an inexpensive h61 or h67 MB... 4GB of ram should also be fine... if you go for a cheaper MB and CPU you can buy a SSD, I think....
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Alatar View Post

Personally I'd probably look at a FM1 board with a decent APU and if in any way possible coupled with 8 gigs of RAM.

I would get an AMD athlon dual or triple core, 4gb ram, cheap mobo, onboard graphics should defiantly be fine for watching youtube vids and a cheap plain case.

You don't need anything too powerful, as he wont be doing anything heavy like you say. Think of it this way, if he says his computer that is +/- 40 years old is slow, then you know he doesn't need anything much. Most business that haven't updated their PC's in a few years have dual cores in them with less than 4GB's of RAM and still run fine.

Yeah RAM is cheap nowadays, but 8GB is overkill for your grand father (no offence obviously), and you might as well save some $ and get 4GB which is more than enough. A quad core is way overkill for just internet browsing, emails, youtube and programs like that so get a dual or a tri core.

Hope this helps!
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I'd go with a A8, add 4GB of ram, and leave it there. rep+ for your grandfather though wink.gif
 
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Props to your grandfather for knowing how to use a computer! I know my grandma struggles even to use a cellphone, let alone anything like a computer thumb.gifthumb.gifthumb.gif
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With HDDs being so expensive, you might consider throwing in a cheap SSD. Heck, it's almost as expensive as some 500gb HDDs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148441

EDIT:
http://www.amazon.com/OCZ-Technology-Agility-Solid-AGT3-25SAT3-60G/dp/B004Z0S6RU
Edited by brucethemoose - 1/24/12 at 5:09am
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Considered scouring ocn for used dual core lga775 builds? They must be worth pennies now, I still have my Q6600, Asus P5KE and 8Gn ram in my wardrobe smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Jamyy10 View Post

I would get an AMD athlon dual or triple core, 4gb ram, cheap mobo, onboard graphics should defiantly be fine for watching youtube vids and a cheap plain case.
You don't need anything too powerful, as he wont be doing anything heavy like you say. Think of it this way, if he says his computer that is +/- 40 years old is slow, then you know he doesn't need anything much. Most business that haven't updated their PC's in a few years have dual cores in them with less than 4GB's of RAM and still run fine.
Yeah RAM is cheap nowadays, but 8GB is overkill for your grand father (no offence obviously), and you might as well save some $ and get 4GB which is more than enough. A quad core is way overkill for just internet browsing, emails, youtube and programs like that so get a dual or a tri core.
Hope this helps!

this is not necessarily true though. for example, my grandfather doesn't close his browser, he just leaves it open and keeps opening new tabs. or he thinks the minimize button means he closed out the browser lachen.gif There is no such thing as too much RAM, even though 4GB will suffice, if the OP can find a good deal on 8GB then I would say definitely get it!
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