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post #51 of 66
The ONLY option for her is the E-350.

Can't beat the TDP, price, and usability as a package. With the elderly on pension you need to look out for them saving as much money as possible.

People are recommending way too much PC for her uses. My parents (old enough to be grandparents) have an E-350 as a media center PC and they multitask blu-ray and email at the same time. It's more than enough. Honestly, it handles it effortless.
Edited by S.M. - 3/18/12 at 1:27am
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post #52 of 66

The "combos" I often have a problem with are the ones containing 5-6 items in it with "discounts" but the ones containing 2 often actually provide great discounts! :)

post #53 of 66
why building when there are plenty of systems on ebay?!

cheapo style:
115$
http://www.ebay.com/itm/ACER-ASPIRE-AST-180-TOWER-PC-160GB-2GB-DVD-BURNER-VISTA-/251016807747?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item3a71c48543

105$
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-OptiPlex-745-Tower-Computer-PC-Intel-Pentium-D-820-Dual-Core-2-8GHz-/190643516901?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item2c633d35e5

a lil bettah:
here 179$
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-OPTIPLEX-360-PC-WITH-MONITOR-VISTA-BUSINESS-JUST-REFURNISHED-/120878221503?pt=Desktop_PCs&hash=item1c24e748bf
with monitor,keyb, mouse.. if yo grandma does not need it, you have some hardware left.. or a monitor if something get broke or you wanna build a second rig



or keep looking by yoself
http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_localstpos=60477&_sacat=179&_clu=2&_udhi=350&_udlo=100&_stpos=60477&_sop=15&_sac=1&_fcid=1&gbr=1&_nkw=pc&_mPrRngCbx=1&_pgn=3&_skc=400&rt=nc


IMHO a much cheaper and better solution.. + with the right choice you can add some parts to yo stash

GL
post #54 of 66
no overclocking and a great performer then

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($116.50 @ SuperBiiz)

Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)

Memory: PNY Optima 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($34.90 @ Amazon)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.42 @ Compuvest)

Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Microcenter)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.11 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $513.88 After MIR $478.88



you want to overclock and get a SSD and a GPU then


CPU: AMD A6-3670K 2.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($59.99 @ NCIX US)

Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)

Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.42 @ Compuvest)

Hard Drive: OCZ Agility 3 60GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($54.99 @ Microcenter)

Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($33.11 @ NCIX US)

Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($36.98 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $512.46 and after rebate $477.46

Hope you like it thumb.gif
post #55 of 66
Yeah would do exactly what jprovido sais just take some cheap Llano APU and find a mobo ITX format
post #56 of 66

Ew, would you really dare suggest a very power inefficient and poor-performance Pentium D based rig tongue.gif

post #57 of 66
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Ew, would you really dare suggest a very power inefficient and poor-performance Pentium D based rig tongue.gif

ok u can cut that Pentium D.. but...so what? it will idle most of the time or be OFF tongue.gif
there wont be priming, streaming , OCing, gaming or what ever.. the kind old woman will turn it on, check mails or surf a bit and then send it
back to OFF cuz shes not such a computer nerd like we all here are (;

besides.. better doing this ---> buying something that will fit her needs and do not create more junk that will be thrown away, sold or upgraded in some years.
we produce that much junk just by upgrading our rigs, what is unbelievable. some million PC useres throwing away every 2-4 years some punds of hardware is insane biggrin.gif
post #58 of 66
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I do have some problems with the case/psu combos.

I feel as if they are too cheap and aren't reliable.
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My father is 80 and he is doing fine with a pre-built socket 775 HP. I upped the ram,installed a discrete gpu (9600GSO) installed Win 7 and bought him one of those yellow key "can't miss it" keyboards. Unless this one goes bad I am sure it is the last (with the first being a TRS 80). He is more into saving even the least bit of money (I guess this is why he lets me pay for everything). He thought he would use the speech recognition software but it turned out to be too complicated.I suggested Linux (Ubuntu) and he ran me out of the room.I guess he did not want to save money that bad.Get this,he told me he wanted to learn to be a "hacker".I showed him the TCP/IP OSI model and told him "once you understand this we can make you a hacker". I found him asleep about 10 minutes latter.I bet if there was Hoyle card games for Ubuntu" (not the pre-packaged card games that come with Ubuntu) he just may have tried it out.He likes playing Hoyle bridge card games.I do not have a clue how to play bridge, its a 1950's thing I guess.
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post #60 of 66
E350 are epic smile.gif they're cheap too
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