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4GB RAM should suffice
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4GB RAM should suffice

This. And the argument "it only costs a little more for 8GB" is trash as he'd probably never ever ever use 8GB so what's the point?
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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.

For a build running with Windows XP and used mainly for web browsing an A-350 should be more than enough along with 4GB of ram (since ram is cheap and it maxes out what the 32-bit OS can use). As for storage a standard hard drive should work fine (WD caviar blue 320GB for instance).

For a more or less pre-completed build, I would go with the HP solution just because it comes with just about everything you need (Minus a new monitor though that is up to your grandfather). The Foxconn build gives room for changes in RAM and storage though it would cost more. Also it has a PS/2 keyboard port which may come in handy with the old keyboard he uses (Mechanical FTW (assuming it's that old)).
Edited by IvantheDugtrio - 1/25/12 at 12:05pm
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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.

This, 8gigs might seem overkill the APU will use some of it, plus it's dirt cheap.
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What games does he play?
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One of those Fusion Mini ITX would be awesome for people who just watch youtube and browse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxgvJbNE53U
http://ncix.com/products/?sku=59256&vpn=E35M1-M%20PRO&manufacture=ASUS
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I'd further like to add that the E-350 uses single-channel DDR3, so a single 4GB stick is perfect though a 2x2GB kit is just as good and it should be in the $20 range. Sure, it might have 2 slots but this is a chipset limitation. Ctrl-F to "single" here: http://www.guru3d.com/article/amd-brazos-platform-tested-e350-apu-review/3

Also, why not go with Windows 7 and change the theme to Windows Classic (this is the Windows 98 theme)? He'll never know the difference except he'll think it runs even faster with the SuperSearch, desktop preview, Window snapping, etc.

As for speed, the E-350 should be perfect, as long as it's only used for play one video at a time. And any other programs in the background. Llano A4 would be a big performance jump but I'm not sure it's worth the extra $$.
 
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he should have a fusion + ssd
he should meet the speed of ssd, thats the one thing that every body meets in their life biggrin.gif
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post #49 of 54

You might encounter issues with XP support, but if its what he wants to stick with, do it.

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WHy not just get one of these?
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