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Piecing together a build for a friend's mom.

Basic uses will be email, browsing, etc etc.
Lots of pictures, so a plentiful harddrive would be nice.
I was thinking boot drive would be an SSD just to be nice, something like a 64GB ?

Any ideas would be great.
post #2 of 6
Is the $650 a typo? For a basic use PC like you describe, $350 would be more than enough (esp if use didnt not require a discrete GPU so the integrated GPU on an i3 / SB Pentium could be used).
 
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Yeah no need to go crazy for that. I built a mITX for my moms 78 year old friend. I took the opportunity to have a little fun with a tiny board and case. Its not like she was gonna need a beast or anything lol.

Is a monitor and keyboard/mouse + speakers included in that budget? Thats the only way I can see 650 being what you would need.
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He tells me his mom has been using a P4 and has been using it without complaining for awhile since she first got the computer (very, very, very long ago), and so he wishes to spoil her...
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I don't recommend an SSD drive as a "boot drive only" for basic users unless you want a phone call in 6 months [insert Wolowtz's Mother's voice for the following quote: "my computer isn't working, it said something about running out of space and now it won't boot up."
Unless this is the sort of phone call that you enjoy, or this is the sort of situation that want to be in, [trying to convince someone that the computer is "broke" because they used it incorrectly, which happens to be the same way they used their previous computer, that didn't have this new fangled "thing" in it, for years without a problem, will make you look like an incompetent "geek" computer builder], don't build systems with SSDs intended as "boot" drives. (which means, IMO, ~64GB or smaller these days)

For friends and family, basic users, the SSD should be large enough to hold anything they might install in the typical "nextnextnext-agree-nextnextnext" fasion without ever running into space problems. It should also have enough room to hold MOST of their normal documents. If the basic user in question, has a "special need" for larger available space than a 128-256GB SSD, then a mechanical drive SHOULD be implemented as a secondary drive, with a chunk of it's space dedicated as a backup/restore drive (large enough partition for windows to copy a theoretically "full" SSD to for both personal document and restore point information), and the remainder dedicated to the "storage" space for the over-flowing media (the most likely suspect for space requirements). Changing the users "media" folder that expected to grow to a link to the other drive may be worth considering.


My approach to a machine at this budget for a friend/family member with some storage space needs and no serious performance requirements would be something like the following:

CPU/ODD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1053433
If a P4 is technically still chugging along, this will seem like light speed. ODD for good measure on the combo to save a few bucks.

OS/MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.836308
Assuming this is a new build, a copy of a newer version of windows is probably needed in the budget? Also, the focus of this build is primarily going to be quality over performance optimisation. This Asus board is overkill in many ways, but comes with a sort of "excessive" level of expectation of reliability for a machine in this class, hat will not stress the VRMs at all really.

RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148543
It's pretty rare these days to get a bad stick of RAM, but you should feel pretty comfortable with these. 1333-999 is nothing special but gets the job done at a low price without any noteworthy penalty to performance. Otherwise, if you want the "next step up" that is useful, the popular Samsung "WondeRam" would be my choice, as they tend to come so remarkably under-rated that even if you got a "bottom bin" stick, it would still likely clock better than many chips costing 50% more.

PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151117
Seasonic 80+ Gold! 15% off promo. The sort of PSU that will be chuggin along for years after this machine is obsolete.

HD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236339
This is WD's latest 1TB platter drive and it's getting some very favorable reviews, benchmark speeds, and comes with a great warranty. Don't let the "blue" fool you, this is a VERY fast drive.

Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811147123
This may not be the fanciest mico ATX case out there, but it's on promo special for $22 free shipping right now, and has the sort of laid back look that will probably go over well looks wise (at least, I would think?)

Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009266
A 23" LCD would really "jump out" and say hello, breathing enormous new life into the user experience compared to a monitor from, what I assume is about a decade ago (likely smaller, lower resolution, possibly a clunker CRT?).

I figured on re-using the current keyboard/mouse if she likes them, or snag a wired logitek mouse/keyboard set (the defacto standard), for about $20 and call it good. Assuming you re-use the input devices, that's $662 shipped. Not bad considering the very high quality PSU, MOBO, HD, LCD included here. I think it would be a wonderful general use machine. Skipped on the SSD here in favor of updating the monitor, which IMO, is apt to be more "noticeable" to a novice. If the current monitor is "good," see about dropping the monitor for a 128GB SSD, keeping the mechanical drive as a backup, and using the remainder to upgrade to win-pro for the backup feature.

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post #6 of 6
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That's almost exact for what we got, instead I believe I got her a 2130 or such.
2120 maybe?
An ASRock Mobo, and a Source 210.
About 8GB of RAM (because it's just so damn cheap, but we could definitely do 4GB if we were limited).

That's exactly what I was looking for- so thanks.
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