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Hey guys I am building two computers for a friend and I pretty much have them down but want to double check my choices with OCN.

First build is as my friends main computer for everyday browsing and a little gaming (Mostly Diablo 3 and Skyrim). Parts are as follow:

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Second build is for his grandma so will only be needed for a basic computer user, web browsing and whatnot. Parts are as follow:

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So fellow OCNers, anything you would change or add (while keeping to a similar price point) to improve these?

Anything I have forgotten? Any incompatibilities? Any other advice or ANYTHING to say?

I appreciate any input guys, thanks.

ps. Any part suggestsions please use the same website I use (https://www.pccasegear.com/index.php) as it is the best one we have access to here.
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post #2 of 14
For the grandma's build, I would recommend 4 GB, I doubt she'll need 8.
Also, does she need that much space? At that price, I would get a 64GB SSD and that would be more efficient for her.
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post #3 of 14
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Just asked my friend, he says hes actually getting two of the cheaper builds for family members, one will need the 1TB and the other we can just get a 500GB. That APU is fine for watching 1080p video right? (I'd very much assume so but this is advice for a friend so I don't wanna be wrong).

As for the SSD I believe they have a shorter life than HDDs don't they? They won't need the speed bonuses and these computers should last a while.
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post #4 of 14
In a general build that doesn't require alot of storage a SSD makes the entire comptuer "faster" by loading faster and no wait for boots or loading browsers compared to hd (trust me the difference is amazing)


Also I would get a WS blue for both builds, as seagates reliability isn't what it used to be. and I had 3x 7200.10 320 gb hds that went bad and my 500 gig WD AAKS blue is still going strong


Also on the cheap build a quality 300 watt psu is more than enough, may can save some $$
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Yeah I read that thanks, forgot to update his build. Thanks for the input guys. +REP.

Now he's wanting to buy it now, no other problems? Someone give me the go ahead please thumb.gif
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Shameless bump for purchase.
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You have to wait 24 hours before bumping a thread here



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about your build i would say going with a 4+1 Phases motherboard would be a very bad if you have overclocking in mind i would say rather something like
ASUS P8Z77-M PRO $149.00
would be better
case i would say the CM Elite 430 $50 would be a better and a cheaper choice
lastly the Graphic card pay the same but get a better clocked card 920Mhz vs 975Mhz

Gigabyte Radeon HD7850 2GB OC 975MHz


as for your grandpa's build
just change the PSU to this
http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=15_535&products_id=18878
and if its a APU build 1600Mhz is the minimum RAM frequency you should go with 1333 Mhz with bottleneck it

Hope you liked it and it helped smile.gif
Edited by Tarun - 5/23/12 at 6:17am
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Gaming build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($229.00 @ Scorptec)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Extreme4 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($159.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: GeIL Enhance CORSA 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.99 @ Mwave Australia)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($269.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 335 Upgraded ATX Mid Tower Case ($45.00 @ Mwave Australia)
Power Supply: Silverstone 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($65.00 @ Scorptec)
Total: $990.99

plus your ODD
Grandma build (Click to show)
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: Intel Celeron G530 2.4GHz Dual-Core Processor ($49.00 @ Covetech)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H61MA-D3V Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($65.00 @ Scorptec)
Memory: Corsair 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($29.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Hard Drive: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($75.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Power Supply: Corsair 430W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.00 @ PCCaseGear)
Total: $376.00

Plus your case and ODD

The normal user will see the most "speed" from their computer come from read/write times. where the SSD shines. I would not hesitate to get one for Grandma. Also, you might want to add a cooler for the i5 gaming build. thumb.gif When overclocked to their maximum potential, Sandy Bridge and Ivy will perform almost the same.
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@Ironman you must be a intel fanboy. Granted the "gaming" pc is actually an improvement. The Grandma build is much worse. The IGP on even the i7 can't touch a llano build, and the celeron is complete garbage
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