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post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
Right now NewEgg has some pretty affordable Crucial SSD's. Haven't heard much about them. Opinions?

Edit: This has a $30 mail in rebate. Any thoughts on Corsair? I like their RAM.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233205
post #12 of 18

Updated post above with suggestion.  More than 4GB would definitely be overkill esp. considering, at the moment, the great prices of 2x2GB DDR3-1600 kits in relation to other 2x4GB kits.

 

Bringing it over and adding on:

 

Quote:

You could get a much better PC for the same price.

 

Taking into account your SSD desire this is my suggestion at this budget (note that I always split my retailers in suggestions in favour of the better pricing, but if you stick to one retailer, you will most certainly not be able to get as good for your limited budget; this is why Newegg is the suggestion in only one area):

 

This costs $576 shipped which is still $3 shy of the price of the original config while everything is much better; you have a much more powerful card that consumes the same or less power consumption alongside a better case and a better CPU.


I highly suggest you downsize your budget by $150-200 for the sake of power efficiency/needs (she would never make use of the 6 cores let alone the power provided by an HD 7750) and just go with the AMD A8 or A6 APU in a small form factor case.

My APU build suggestion:

 

A perfectly potent PC for her needs providing excellent performance in a small form factor and with low power consumption, $345 shipped, $325 after rebate.  Keeping the SSD.

 

That's more than $250 less than your original config.


Edited by xd_1771 - 4/23/12 at 11:21pm
post #13 of 18

When you're making a PC for basic web browsing, skype, as you said, it's easy to go overkill on what you make.

 

Even this is overkill.  A quad core processor with potent overclocking ability alongside 4GB of DDR3-1600 with a ridiculously fast 120GB Vertex 3 SSD with the powerful HD 6530D APU (good for the apps of the coming years moving onto GPU acceleration) won't run out of juice for the next few years.  And if it does, there's a lot of overclocking headroom in that APU on the stock cooler/at stock voltage.

 

Until my Android tablet came in (although it has the same amount of RAM), I've been getting away with on-the-go browsing with a 1.7Ghz Pentium M single core and 512MB of DDR2 RAM.  That's right: 512MB.  Granted, the machine ran Ubuntu, but it browsed the web slick fast and fine.  My tablet now does this and it's arguably more underpowered with a 1Ghz ARM Cortex A9 processor; but it's still capable - more capable than the laptop even as it can take on full 1080p HD video playback, which I consider a standard in modern PCs and devices (with the exception maybe of smartphones).

post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

My APU build suggestion:
A perfectly potent PC for her needs providing excellent performance in a small form factor and with low power consumption, $345 shipped, $325 after rebate.  Keeping the SSD.

That's more than $250 less than your original config.

Will definitely go the APU route. That is a VERY affordable computer. Thank you very much for the advice. thumb.gif
post #15 of 18

People set really high budget expectations nowadays when the reality is that almost any family (that does not have members who are into more hardcore PC gaming) does not need to spend more than $500 (yes, OS inclusive) for a fast, usable and future-proof desktop PC - custom-built or not.  Custom built? Reduce that to $400-$450.

 

As I pointed out above, the original budget you proposed could be allocated towards a really spiffy gaming rig wink.gif but that's not really necessary.

 

Haha you would love to hear of the cost cutting I did with regards to setting up PCs around my home tongue.gif both my 24/7 media server (with a 2TB hard drive) and my upstairs HTPC, both capable of full 1080p playback and working together through a wi-fi N connection, were build with parts that cost almost nothing.  Then again, I guess I'm overlooking that I myself get a lot of good deals out of pure luck and location (I swear, Vancouver must have one of the best markets for computer items - new, used and otherwise - in the world); but it's not hard to get a good PC for price without getting all the luck.

post #16 of 18
Thread Starter 
You my friend, are the best! I quoted her $500-600 and you came back with even less. smile.gif
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
As a follow up to my thread, I must say I'm really impressed with what AMD has to offer.
post #18 of 18
IMO dont go for a vertex 3. You want stability go for a crucial M4.

A build like this would be plenty for her basic tasks such as web browsing for many years.
$390 APU build (Click to show)
Part list permalink

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($48.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $389.91
The SSD is for the OS mainly and a few other programs. You really should grab a HDD as well, for all of her documents, pictures, etc... that stuff does not need to be on an SSD. You modify Windows so she would never know she was even using the HDD. This way you still get the space of the SSD and have plenty of room for her files.

If you think she need more processing power, you can grab an i3 build for only a little more
$406 i3 build (Click to show)
Part list permalink

CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $396.91

If you want, you can build her a small little ITX machine wink.gif
$450 APU ITX build (Click to show) $455 i3 ITX build (Click to show)
Choosing a build really depends on how much processing power she needs, the i3 will give a lot of excess processing power that will probably never be utilized. Since most of the builds I listed are similar in price, it's up to you to decide what build you want thumb.gif

She will probably not be able to tell the difference in any of the builds rolleyes.gif

Even this $340 build should be plenty. Cheap $340 build (Click to show)
Part list permalink

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($47.18 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Pareema 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($75.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Apex SK-393-C ATX Mid Tower Case ($19.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS70 OEM DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $344.10
And you could even drop the SSD, making the final total ~$270

Edited by Ironman517 - 4/24/12 at 12:21am
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Wifey Rig
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Xbox PC
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz stable ASRock P67 Extreme4 Gen 3 MSI GTX 980 Ti 32GB (4 x 8GB) 1866Mhz Ripjaws X 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingOS
256GB Crucial M4 1.5 TB HDD XSPC Raystorm RS360 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorPowerCaseMouse
Acer 28" 4K Corsair AX750 Corsair 800D SWTOR Razer Naga 
AudioOtherOtherOther
Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium XSPC RS120 8 x GT AP-15s White Sleeved Cables for Corsair AX750 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 3Ghz Asus P5G41T-M LX Plus EVGA GTX 680 2x4 GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
500GB WD Black 64 GB Crucial M4 Sony CD/DVD burner H40 w/ GT AP-15s 
OSPowerCase
Windows 7 Home 64 bit Corsair CX430 APEVIA X-Plorer2 Pink 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Pentium G620 Foxconn H67S ITX Intel HD 2000 2 x 4GB 1333Mhz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSPower
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