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So my parents have made note that their computer is starting to feel sluggish, and rightly so, it's pretty old. Well, I thought I would update things for them. Just wanting some thoughts.

They currently have:
Intel Pentium E5500 2.8 GHz
Generic 4GB DDR3
ASUS motherboard (no idea what model, generic, limited bios)
Generic 300W PSU
Seagate 1TB HDD
CM690 II
Windows 8

While they don't use it for much, mostly just browsing the web, some video, and the typical parent type stuff.

Anyways, was thinking I would go AMD for them this time around so they can keep same socket for a bit and have an easy upgrade path if need be. Was considering haswell since the low power would be nice but yeah, not entirely sold on either path yet.

No need for dedicated graphics, integrated is more than enough for them.

Initial thoughts for them
ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2
AMD A10-5800k
G.Skill Sniper 1866
Intel X25-M 80GB I have laying around

How loud is the stock cooler? I have old heatsinks around (TRUE, S1283, etc) but no AMD mounting.

Is Kaveri still planned to remain on FM2? And for that matter, I haven't heard anything on Richland in a while either.

Thoughts?

Aside from power usage I don't see any reason to go with Haswell on this one but who knows.

Maybe a bit overkill for their needs but should hopefully last them a while and well, just so I have something when I come visit on the holidays, lol.



edit:

Ended up with something else.
Quote:
Just placed an order,

5600k
8GB Vengence Ram
Biostar A85W Hi-FI

All for under $195 shipped.

Guess we'll see how it goes...

Edited by deafboy - 5/12/13 at 3:41pm
 
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So my parents have made note that their computer is starting to feel sluggish, and rightly so, it's pretty old. Well, I thought I would update things for them. Just wanting some thoughts.

They currently have:
Intel Pentium E5500 2.8 GHz
Generic 4GB DDR3
ASUS motherboard (no idea what model, generic, limited bios)
Generic 300W PSU
Seagate 1TB HDD
CM690 II
Windows 8

While they don't use it for much, mostly just browsing the web, some video, and the typical parent type stuff.

Anyways, was thinking I would go AMD for them this time around so they can keep same socket for a bit and have an easy upgrade path if need be. Was considering haswell since the low power would be nice but yeah, not entirely sold on either path yet.

No need for dedicated graphics, integrated is more than enough for them.

Initial thoughts for them
ASRock FM2A75M-DGS FM2
AMD A10-5800k
G.Skill Sniper 1866
Intel X25-M 80GB I have laying around

How loud is the stock cooler? I have old heatsinks around (TRUE, S1283, etc) but no AMD mounting.

Is Kaveri still planned to remain on FM2? And for that matter, I haven't heard anything on Richland in a while either.

Thoughts?

Aside from power usage I don't see any reason to go with Haswell on this one but who knows.

Maybe a bit overkill for their needs but should hopefully last them a while and well, just so I have something when I come visit on the holidays, lol.

Might be shunned for saying this, but when it comes to parents. BUY SOMETHING WITH A WARRANTY. You dont want to have to fix all their problems, get them a cookie cutter name brand tower. Less work for you, and will have a warranty.
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Might be shunned for saying this, but when it comes to parents. BUY SOMETHING WITH A WARRANTY. You dont want to have to fix all their problems, get them a cookie cutter name brand tower. Less work for you, and will have a warranty.

lol. Warranty or not they'll be calling me irregardless. So even if something happened with a store bought one they'd be calling me to bring it in.
 
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My friend was in the same situation than you. He ended up going with an A10 and so far his father seems to be enjoying it. 

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lol. Warranty or not they'll be calling me irregardless. So even if something happened with a store bought one they'd be calling me to bring it in.

I would set them up a raid1 because have you ever heard your mom yell obscenities from losing 3GBs of scanned pictures? But they dont really need 1866 ram. 4GB of 1600 is plenty. That will save a little cash.
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Win8 also has a heck of a learning curve. I would put win7 on it
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I would set them up a raid1 because have you ever heard your mom yell obscenities from losing 3GBs of scanned pictures? But they dont really need 1866 ram. 4GB of 1600 is plenty. That will save a little cash.

They don't scan pictures, they don't take pictures. Literally just for internet, some video, basic document editing, and some light web games.
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Win8 also has a heck of a learning curve. I would put win7 on it

They already know Windows 8, it's what they have now and what they are used to at this point.
 
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They don't scan pictures, they don't take pictures. Literally just for internet, some video, basic document editing, and some light web games.
They already know Windows 8, it's what they have now and what they are used to at this point.

You are lucky. My parents are finally getting used to win7.
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Around Christmas time I built an ITX build for my Mom for about $500. Used I think a i3 2100 for CPU and it works great. Also had 128gb SSD in budget. Want me to see if I can dig up all the specs?
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OCZ Agility2 40gb WD Blue 500GB Lite-On RASA waterblock 
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Xeon X5650 Asus P6X58D-E Sapphire HD 7950 G.Skill Trident-X 2600 CL10 
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Samsung 840 pro Bong cooler / RASA waterblock Rosewill Capstone Gold 750 None 
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cheap! Newegg box panel ibeats with onboard. 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X6 1075T w/2 cores locked @ 4.2+ M4a89GTD-Pro XFX Radeon HD 5870 8gb Samsung ddr3 1600 11-11-11-28@ 8-8-8-24 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
OCZ Agility2 40gb WD Blue 500GB Lite-On RASA waterblock 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows & Linux Samsung 1080p 2 ms Dell Thermaltake TR2-800 
CaseMouse
Cooler Master Elite 330 (was) cheap 
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