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This isn't a computer for me. My mother has gotten her tax return and I'm building a computer for her to replace a probably 10 year old brick that somehow hasn't exploded yet. The CPU fan has literally gathered so much dust it almost stopped once but she couldn't get the old screw to come off to clean it properly. She thinks she needs the best of the best like $1000 computer but this is not the case. I'm looking for a price range about half that. Requirements will be listed below. Thank you all very much!

- Intel CPU.
- Built for Longevity & Reliability not RAW power.
- Photoshop/Movies/TV Main Use.
- No Gaming. Possibly After Effects and Adobe programs but highly doubtful. So probably Nvidia card.
- Multiple monitors. 2 for photoshopping/designing and 1 for our HDTV we're mounting on the wall so she can have something to watch. *We already have the monitors* If a older card doesn't have that many outputs it's fine.
- No overclocking.
- No fancy case mods or LED's.
- Case: Mid tower designed for good cooling. The room it's kept in is very abundant in dust due to the layout of our house but we've got cans of compressed air for days to solve that issue.
- Probably 8Gb MAYBE 16GB of ram but I'm pretty sure that's overkill. It's photoshop but she doesn't CTRL+Z often or use any of the fancy features. She's using CS1 and doing just fine with it... though I plan to get her CS6 on this new build. No video editing or pre-rendering either. Her older comp had 4gb I think and again was fine for her.
- Good power supply that doesn't eat the electric bill.
- I've already got HD & SSD picked out so don't worry about that.
- I might pawn off my FRIO cooler as the CPU cooler. Possibly overkill for what I'm assuming this build is gonna be but I'm looking for a new CPU cooler so might as well give her my "old" but hardly used one. So hopefully her case can fit a Thermaltake Frio smile.gif
- No liquid cooling. Closed, custom, etc. loops. Again I'm trying to get use of this TTFRIO.


I probably exaggerated too much on some of the things. She REALLY doesn't need a high or even mid end pc. If she got her old one cleaned out and reinstalled windows XP it would probably suffice but this is what she wants.

Again thank you very very much. Have an awesome day!
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id look at something like this:


Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $209.98 -$5.00 FREE $204.98 Outlet PC



Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $111.00 $111.00 Amazon



G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $72.99 FREE $72.99 Newegg


and a decent power supply, look around on the forums for how to learn what is good. you will want 500w-600w for a normal computer depending what graphics card you want to run, and maybe 750w if you run SLI. brand doesn't really mean anything, but particular models are known to be good, just find one and then ask here if its a good model.

gcard I would get a nice powerful NVidia with 3 monitor support, use the NVidia site to see for sure which cards support which display setups, and what type of outputs they have. some have mixed 2/+1.

any nice looking cheap case. ($20 ultra budget under the desk model, $40 decent on the desk model, $60 quite a nice looking box, $100+ gaming rig)
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Mid tower designed for good cooling. The room it's kept in is very abundant in dust due to the layout of our house but we've got cans of compressed air for days to solve that issue.

... are you saying... you have somehow mapped the dust flow within your house? like.. does it go up or? I thought dust just went everywhere the same amount... how would I go about determining my own dust flow? can I track it back to its source? where does dust come from? outside? I thought it came from people mostly...
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dust in the home is composed mostly of dead human skin,dust mites and dust mite feces...you can learn a lot from a carpet cleaner.
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dust in the home is composed mostly of dead human skin,dust mites and dust mite feces...you can learn a lot from a carpet cleaner.

so its coming from inside as I thought all along... but, you may have learned me something.

if theres dust mites, I will assume they eat dust (human skin) and then create feces as u say, creating more dust... and multiply... so..

dust multiplies??? I should be cleaning it up WAY faster then... its no wonder theres so much dust, its cause its growing exponentialy. ill put dusting on the list of things to do that I never get done.
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dust in the home is composed mostly of dead human skin,dust mites and dust mite feces...you can learn a lot from a carpet cleaner.

so its coming from inside as I thought all along... but, you may have learned me something.

if theres dust mites, I will assume they eat dust (human skin) and then create feces as u say, creating more dust... and multiply... so..

dust multiplies??? I should be cleaning it up WAY faster then... its no wonder theres so much dust, its cause its growing exponentialy. ill put dusting on the list of things to do that I never get done.

Way to stay completely off topic. It's kept in our basement where we have a lot of people come and go. There is always a lot more dust in that room even if we haven't gotten visitors. No I don't sit and map where the dust comes and goes but it has always been abundant there rather than other places people or not. I've never had more pointless replies on OCN in my life. I leave for a few months and come back to this? Disappointing.

Not to mention your one real reply you kinda missed the whole point. I've been on OCN for a while and posted more than you it seems. Don't need to look around forums just looking for personal opinions. SLI lol & 700w? You're joking right. 1GPU at 500w is plenty. There's no point in continuing this thread.
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Way to stay completely off topic. It's kept in our basement where we have a lot of people come and go. There is always a lot more dust in that room even if we haven't gotten visitors. No I don't sit and map where the dust comes and goes but it has always been abundant there rather than other places people or not. I've never had more pointless replies on OCN in my life. I leave for a few months and come back to this? Disappointing.

Not to mention your one real reply you kinda missed the whole point. I've been on OCN for a while and posted more than you it seems. Don't need to look around forums just looking for personal opinions. SLI lol & 700w? You're joking right. 1GPU at 500w is plenty. There's no point in continuing this thread.

hey bro, I was just having some fun

maybe u should read my post before you flame me. its good advice. so is the other advice ive given in the past while since going active, after being a lurker for over 7 years. check my other threads out, im taking time out of my day to help newbs get good computers, as a way of giving back to the community that helps me get good computers.

I didn't say get SLI btw. I just recommended the range of power supply sizes you might be looking at.

so anyways, while I don't have the post count, thanks for being so grateful for my advice. it was definitely way off, im sure someone with 10 000 posts will be along shortly to correct my build suggestion which "missed the point". the parts I listed don't suit your application whatsoever, and I don't have the experience to be providing build advice for your moms computer.
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