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My grandpa has recently been complaining about how his computer has been on the fritz. His issue is that the System 32 file keeps going missing, along with some other files which I have been able to get back. My assumption through past experience is that his hard drive is failing, although I need to test it.

He's running an HP from 2005ish that has 1GB of RAM (upgraded from 512MB) and an old single core AMD processor all on Windows XP. Personally I don't believe that his computer is worth putting a new Hard Drive/ SSD in, as you can build a beastly machine for 1/3 the cost of what he payed for his current one. He uses the computer for stock trading and has 10-15 internet windows at a time, which could be an issue for a computer with only a gig of ram.

So I was thinking it may be time for him to upgrade. A parts list was going through my head and pointing to the obvious, something like an AMD APU with a good quality A55 board and some 1600MHz memory. Easy stuff. There's one problem though:

It needs to run Windows XP.

After remembering that, I thought how it may be difficult to run Windows XP on AMD's newer architecture and thus have turned to the intel forums. My grandpa is used to running Windows XP and it is a requirement, which is understandable considering he is 86 years old.

As far as the budget goes i'd assume anywhere around $300 because even though 10-15 internet windows may sound like a lot remember that it is 2013 and those conditions would constitute a general purpose PC.

He already has all the peripherals he'll need. My question is where do I start regarding parts. (I have access to a microcenter and if I order parts online I will only go with newegg.)
     
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Looks like with an i3 you could get a CPU/RAM/motherboard combo pretty close to your budget target with a bundle special.
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I dont see anything wrong with using an APU and Windows XP. I just looked on the AMD website and theres drivers for the A and E series APUs.

Something like this and a 300w PSU would probably fit right into the old case then just trash the old componants.

Sicne you live near Microcenter you could probably do better with a i3 for the same price.
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Looks like with an i3 you could get a CPU/RAM/motherboard combo pretty close to your budget target with a bundle special.

$50 for an extreme 6? lachen.gif That might be worth looking into. Of course a free mobo would be even better.

Edit: Thinking something like maybe an i3 3225 with a Biostar h77MU3
Edited by Cheeseinat0r - 2/3/13 at 8:01am
     
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buy outdated technology. something like an intel core duo or an amd phenom/athlon x2. 4gb of ram, a basic GPU if not use onboard video.
if all hes doing is running web pages theres no need to buy newest stuff
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buy outdated technology. something like an intel core duo or an amd phenom/athlon x2. 4gb of ram, a basic GPU if not use onboard video.
if all hes doing is running web pages theres no need to buy newest stuff

See that would make sense but with low end components being so cheap nowadays it's worth it to just buy new.
     
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MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Acer 23" 1080p 5ms response Adesso MKB-135B Mechanical keyboard hec X-Power Pro 650 Antec Three Hundred 
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Originally Posted by Cheeseinat0r View Post

$50 for an extreme 6? lachen.gif

I agree that that's overkill for Grandpa. smile.gif I just screen grabbed the most recent sale flyer I got from them.

But it does say "ANY compatible motherboard" in the bundle -- your call on what the best choice is.

Getting ready to head up to MC right now, as a matter of fact... need to get some parts.
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