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Hey, 

 

       For god's sake, I know for a fact Mom isn't going to game. Build her a nice AMD Dual-core system with 4GB's of RAM and a GT 430/520. No high-end boards, just something low-end, cheap, and simple. Most moms like just the average Youtube video and Facebook.

 
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Hey, 

       For god's sake, I know for a fact Mom isn't going to game. Build her a nice AMD Dual-core system with 4GB's of RAM and a GT 430/520. No high-end boards, just something low-end, cheap, and simple. Most moms like just the average Youtube video and Facebook.

I don't have a high end board? I don't even have a graphics card in the build. I want to get her something snappy. I put a SSD in there because I know she would benefit from that. And AMD isn't an option. I don't want to put AMD in her computer.
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Actually I am well aware that this is a budget case, and I still would suggest you find the cheapest z77/z68 mobo you can find.

The reason being is that instead of getting a 128GB boot drive, you can get a 60GB boot drive for the intel SRT caching function which isn't available on lower end boards.


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725

Now the cost difference might not be a big deal, and it probably isn't. But the nice thing is that instead of making sure your mom installs her programs on the C drive and then saves data to the D drive, it will just be 1 drive. It will minimize her frustration with trying to micromanage her drive space, and it will help you avoid her frustration while still giving her a great speed boost. I have learned this from experience thumb.gif

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188097

This is a very solid board that is only 75 bucks after rebate thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Actually I am well aware that this is a budget case, and I still would suggest you find the cheapest z77/z68 mobo you can find.
The reason being is that instead of getting a 128GB boot drive, you can get a 60GB boot drive for the intel SRT caching function which isn't available on lower end boards.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227725
Now the cost difference might not be a big deal, and it probably isn't. But the nice thing is that instead of making sure your mom installs her programs on the C drive and then saves data to the D drive, it will just be 1 drive. It will minimize her frustration with trying to micromanage her drive space, and it will help you avoid her frustration while still giving her a great speed boost. I have learned this from experience thumb.gif
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813188097
This is a very solid board that is only 75 bucks after rebate thumb.gif

Caching < SSD alone

Get a Pentium G530 or similar, a GT430, a cheap H61/67 board, 4/8GB 1333 RAM, a 64GB M4, some storage.
post #25 of 38
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Originally Posted by magic8ball88 View Post

Okay so my mom didn't like that case. She saw the Alienware ones at best buy and liked the size of the case >:l

So any suggestions for a case? It needs to be small because her desk is small. Under 10.5 inches deep :/ probably hard to find. Also preferably somewhat thin. I'm very lost now. I don't know if I want to go mini-itx but I will if I have to.

One of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%2050001333&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&SrchInDesc=311&Page=1&PageSize=20

I want repurpose my backup computer for my gf, and she liked this case.
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Originally Posted by exnihilo View Post

One of these:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007583%2050001333&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&SrchInDesc=311&Page=1&PageSize=20
I want repurpose my backup computer for my gf, and she liked this case.
cg

Thanks for the suggestion but that's a little too big. I want to find one that is like under 7 inches wide, under 10.5 inches deep and height doesn't really matter.

And about the SSD caching, the 128 gb drive will be her storage drive as well. Her old laptop that broke (it won't boot at all, not just a virus and it's 7 years old so time for an upgrade) had 240gb of space (2 x 120gb HDDs, pretty beast for its time) and she didn't even touch the other hard drive in the entire time she owned the computer. 120gb was more than enough. So 128 gb will be fine.
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post #27 of 38
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I think I've found my case. Not sure about the included psu though. Thoughts?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811108092
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post #28 of 38
OP i have suggested a better acer monitor with LED backlight. a good monitor makes a difference. For average use a Pentium G530 should be more than enough.

Pentium G530 - USD 68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116406

ASROCK H77 - USD 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303

KINGSTON 8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz - USD 36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139075

Samsung 830 128 GB SSD - USD 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163

ANTEC VP450P PSU - USD 35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045

NZXT 210 Case - USD 40 (20% off w/ promo code EMCNBHB237, ends 9/3 ) USD 32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075

Logitech keyboard & mouse - USD 18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097

LG DVD writer - USD 17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247

Acer 21.5 inch LED backlight Monitor - USD 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316

Total USD 514

With the promo code on NZXT the cost comes down to 506.
Edited by raghu78 - 9/2/12 at 7:54pm
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OP i have suggested a better acer monitor with LED backlight. a good monitor makes a difference. For average use a Pentium G530 should be more than enough.
Pentium G530 - USD 68
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116406
ASROCK H77 - USD 70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157303
KINGSTON 8GB DDR3 1333 Mhz - USD 36
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139075
Samsung 830 128 GB SSD - USD 100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147163
ANTEC VP450P PSU - USD 35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371045
NZXT 210 Case - USD 40 (20% off w/ promo code EMCNBHB237, ends 9/3 ) USD 32
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146075
Logitech keyboard & mouse - USD 18
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126097
LG DVD writer - USD 17
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827136247
Acer 21.5 inch LED backlight Monitor - USD 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316
Total USD 514
With the promo code on NZXT the cost comes down to 506.

I like that psu. Price is right. Definitely need a small case though. And I think I'll stick with the i3 just so she can get a longer life out of the computer. I thought of the pentium but a virtual quad core is nice.
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I read the tittle of this thread, and thought how are you going to build a $500 pc and get into 'Mod of the month" smile.gif
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