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Reuse the existing case if it'll take mATX and a standard sized PSU.

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are you near a microcenter? I think they still have that PII x2 + mobo deal going on. That would be plenty for his needs.
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One more vote for an AMD APU with 8GB of RAM.
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post #34 of 54
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cape Cod View Post

Or something like this 6 core FTW!!!
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1429933&Sku=B69-0461


I give this a thumbs down.  I dislike supercombos.... they may SOMETIMES (only SOMETIMES) offer decent discounts (they're actually often beatable with other deals) but the real reason I dislke on them is because they are not designed to be practical to buyers.

 

This one in particular is not practical for his needs nor entirely the best choices because: 1. He could never make use of 6 cores, 2. This setup does NOT play back all HD video forms (the 760G does not fully accelerate all HD video - in fact Adobe flash acceleration and YouTube HD video GPU acceleration is among the missing) 3. As long as the included PSU is being used you need to keep a fire extinguisher beside the PC at all times tongue.gif

 

People who buy supercombos as placeholders for high end parts PCs often will end up needimg to replace all the supercombo parts with better quality parts and it is less cost efficient in the end.


Edited by xd_1771 - 1/24/12 at 5:56pm
post #35 of 54
4GB of RAM should be overkill enough for an 87 year old. Unless he's gonna start playing BF3 or MW3 or do any CAD/Graphics art work ( wheee.gif ).

I got my grandparents an HP with integrated graphics and 2gb of ram for about $200, which is lightyears faster than what they used to use, and it does more than enough for what they do. Be it checking mail or surfing the web, constantly have both users logged in with firefox sessions and 30+ tabs open on each and still no problem for them.
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I say go for an A4-3300 and 4GB of RAM. The A4s cost about as much as Athlon II X3s but the onboard graphics you get when compared to say 760G are MUCH better while an 87 year old would probably never need more than 2 cores.
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Llano would get my vote.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by b3machi7ke View Post

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!

Are you crazy??? You could open like 50 tabs and still not use 4gb, that's if your using a browser like Firefox, not the resource hungry, crappy chrome.
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My grandma has been talking about getting a PC too. She started out working in the data entry field, and eventually sort of worked her way up to the point where she was writing her own programs to help with the entries. She used to be very technical, but she can't seem to learn new technology. She worked with computers before the mouse was common, so a modern PC has almost no similarities. I don't doubt that she's smart enough to learn, but last week I taught her how to use her VCR...for the fifth time.

EDIT: I have 3 tabs open in firefox now, I'm using just under 0.5 GB. Windows 7 at idle can use up to 3 GB sometimes. Open a couple other programs, some more tabs, and boom you're over 4 GB.

But that's me, I have tons of stuff running the background. I feel 4 GB is a minimum on windows 7, and 8 GB is more like recommended. I wouldn't mind going to a 16 GB kit though...
Edited by MME1122 - 1/25/12 at 4:43am
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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.
    
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