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After just building my first PC, my Mum has enlisted my new found skills (Read: the ability to ask questions on this forum rolleyes.gif) to build her a new computer to replace her old prebuilt Dell.

Her uses:

Picasa
Web browsing
Music
XBMC playing HD MKV's.

Budget: £250 - 300

In other threads people have mentioned the use of APU's? This is totally new to me. Are they capable of running XBMC at 1080p? I was thinking of using an HD4000 chip like an i3/i5.

I can salvage stuff like disc drives from the computer. She already has all peripherals.

I'm not fussed whether it's mATX or ITX. The smaller the better I guess, but obviously I'm on a fairly tight budget.

Cheers in advance.

Tom thumb.gif

One other thing - just to let you know the HD4000 is definitely enough to run HD MKV's as I used on board GPU (3570k) before I bought a dedicated card. It worked fine.
Edited by Bomster - 8/14/12 at 2:12pm
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Originally Posted by Bomster View Post

After just building my first PC, my Mum has enlisted my new found skills (Read: the ability to ask questions on this forum rolleyes.gif) to build her a new computer to replace her old prebuilt Dell.
Her uses:
Picasa
Web browsing
Music
XBMC playing HD MKV's.
Budget: £250 - 300
In other threads people have mentioned the use of APU's? This is totally new to me. Are they capable of running XBMC at 1080p? I was thinking of using an HD4000 chip like an i3/i5.
I can salvage stuff like disc drives from the computer. She already has all peripherals.
I'm not fussed whether it's mATX or ITX. The smaller the better I guess, but obviously I'm on a fairly tight budget.
Cheers in advance.
Tom thumb.gif

An APU sounds perfect for what you are looking for, they can achieve 1080p easy for media:)
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Do you need to buy the OS?
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What is the difference between an APU and a chip like the 3570k which also has onboard graphics?

Cheers for your reply btw.
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Do you need to buy the OS?

I already have OS. Budget is purely for hardware.
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I already have OS. Budget is purely for hardware.

"APU" is AMD's naming moniker for chip with onboard graphics.
Technically, Intel's consumer processors are also 'APU's'.

Both would be fine for your purposes.
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Originally Posted by stealthybox View Post

"APU" is AMD's naming moniker for chip with onboard graphics.
Technically, Intel's consumer processors are also 'APU's'.
Both would be fine for your purposes.

Thanks. Good to know.

Can anyone spec me?
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post #8 of 32
Can I get a list of what exactly you can salvage?
The big thing here is whether or not you have a PSU and HardDrive.

Aslo,
Please list where you can buy parts from.
I'm US and not familiar with UK e-tailers.

I can tall you right now:
You probably want to base this off of an i3 2100 and an H61/H67 motherboard.
I have a few cases in mind depending on the form factor.

Also,
It'd be nice if you could rule out the need for a GPU in the future.
If you're never going to need a GPU, we can spec smaller cases.
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Originally Posted by stealthybox View Post

Can I get a list of what exactly you can salvage?
The big thing here is whether or not you have a PSU and HardDrive.
Aslo,
Please list where you can buy parts from.
I'm US and not familiar with UK e-tailers.
I can tall you right now:
You probably want to base this off of an i3 2100 and an H61/H67 motherboard.
I have a few cases in mind depending on the form factor.
Also,
It'd be nice if you could rule out the need for a GPU in the future.
If you're never going to need a GPU, we can spec smaller cases.

Thanks for the response mate. Apologies for not listing sufficient details.

Hard drives are covered, but I would like to try and get a cheap SSD as it will make a fairly big speed difference to her in everyday use.

I don't live with my Mum but I will find out more regarding the PSU. The prebult Dell that I am replacing is atleast 5 years old now, so I'm guessing the PSU will probably not be any good. Just in advance, what kind of power will I need for the system? 350W?

Yeah I'm based in the UK. But don't worry about providing links to products. If you tell me the name I will search for prices.

I can pick the i3 2100 up for £80. That seems nice and cheap. Will this cover all of my (her) needs?

My Mum certainly won't be gaming in the future, and aslong as the onboard GPU can handle some picture editing and XBMC then I see no reason for her to ever need a dedicated GPU.

Thanks again. thumb.gif
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post #10 of 32
No problem dude!
You seem very friendly.

The i3 would definitely cover all of her needs, and since you say she won't be needing a GPU, even a 120W PSU would be enough for an i3 based system.

How many Hardrives will you be using and what size will they be? (not capacity but actual size in inches)
Capacity would help as wellthough so we can deduce whether or not she'll have enough space for movies and such.

Also,
Does she need an Optical Drive?
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