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My grandparents want to upgrade their old computer, I think it's like a 2ghz Pentium 4 with 512 mb of ram. Just giving them more ram and reinstalling windows without tons of bloatware would probably be enough for them but that's no fun thumb.gif The goal for this is pretty much *almost* as cheap as possible.

-Their current HDD isn't very big so they'll be fine with a small one and since hard drives are so expensive I picked a cheap SSD, their minds will be blown from the speed. Plus I can put in their current HDD if they need the space
-I'll probably either re-use their case or get me a cheapish case like an NZXT M59 or something and give them my current one.
-I'm thinking about giving them an old 400 watt Dynex PSU instead buying that 300 watt SeaSonic, but I'm not sure. I was using the Dynex for an overclocked Athlon x2 7750/9500GT (which used more power than the A4 will) for a while and it was fine, but It's still kinda risky and they'll want this computer to last them forever. What do you guys think?
-I have an OS for them, and they'll re-use their monitor/mouse/keyboard

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What do you think? Anything I should change?
Edited by TheYonderGod - 3/7/12 at 12:52am
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Nice, looks really good to me, and is probably plenty for your grandparents use. And lol, you sound a lot like me; the original idea is always making a family member a new rig, but always turns into buying myself some new parts and handing down the old ones to others. Its a win, win in my book biggrin.gif
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Nice, looks really good to me, and is probably plenty for your grandparents use. And lol, you sound a lot like me; the original idea is always making a family member a new rig, but always turns into buying myself some new parts and handing down the old ones to others. Its a win, win in my book biggrin.gif

Yeah I'm thinking about getting a better SSD and giving them my current one too, too bad the Crucial M4s aren't on sale anymore sadsmiley.gif Weren't they like $65 last week?
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Yeah I'm thinking about getting a better SSD and giving them my current one too, too bad the Crucial M4s aren't on sale anymore sadsmiley.gif Weren't they like $65 last week?

yep, pretty crazy prices on those last week. I think I paid $120 for my 64gb one in June tongue.gif
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looks good overall tongue.gif the a4 will give you very good graphics for the price biggrin.gif

hmm just saying as an idea, might look into a Intel pentium g620 as another option. It performs at about the same level as a amd A8 processor and i think its about $50-70 depending on where you pick it up tongue.gif pair it with a basic H61 board (frys in west sacramento i think i saw some for $54~65 AMIR's). From what i read/heard somewhere a AMD A6 is about the same performace as a celeron g530 and a pentium g620 is about 5-10% faster then a celeron g530 in 1-2 thread tasks. But the amd would give you much better graphics

but yeah, just though i would put that out since im doing a budget build as well right now biggrin.gif , trying to put together a pentium system for $150 *sigh* so far managed to keep it at $143
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Why don't you just get an Athlon X2 215 or 255 and a cheap motherboard? That alone will blow their mind on speed with an SSD and probably be cheaper.

I mean honestly, unless your grandparents are at average-user level in computer usage, even an overclocked Sempron with Windows XP would blow away a P4....

I built a Sempron 140 overclocked for my mom (in her 70's) who is less than average with computers and it's waaaaaay faster than she needs it to be. Hell the damn thing plays 1080p movies if I needed it to...

Just my thoughts - take 'em for what they are. I just think stuff like APU's and anything over a dual core is massively more powerful than most people need for systems. The majority (especially older folks) are doing three things on their PC's: email, web surfing/purchasing, and writing/printing stuff. You don't need a whole lot for that kind of use.... redface.gif
    
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APU's are great choices for people who aren't computer technical (like grandparents who isn't used to this technology like my GrandMother for example), as it eliminates the video card portion and allows for faster installations for them without running into trouble in terms of Video frustrating the person which can be a pain smile.gifthumb.gif
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APU's are great choices for people who aren't computer technical (like grandparents who isn't used to this technology like my GrandMother for example), as it eliminates the video card portion and allows for faster installations for them without running into trouble in terms of Video frustrating the person which can be a pain smile.gifthumb.gif

Yeah see - why even get a graphics card, or put in an APU with advanced graphics when something as tame as an onboard AMD 4250 will do 1080p and everything else just fine... confused.gif
    
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Hmmm, I was thinking about it but Newegg doesn't have any Athlon x2s. A Sempron would be $25 cheaper, I don't think it's worth downgrading to a single core with worse graphics for just $25. I'll ask them if they would rather have it cheaper and see what they think, I think they were ready to pay up to around $500 anyways
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Might want to check out this promotion:
http://promotions.newegg.com/AMD/12-0560/index.html?cm_sp=Cat_CPUs-Processors-_-AMD/12-0560-_-http%3a%2f%2fpromotions.newegg.com%2fAMD%2f12-0560%2f696x288.jpg

You could get a tri core apu with better graphics and an A55 mobo for cheaper than the dual core and mobo you listed... Just some options smile.gif you could even get the exact same apu as the one you listed with an A55 mobo for 20 dollars cheaper than what you have! Good luck! thumb.gif
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