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post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by Skye12977 View Post

My logic here is this computer is going to be used regardless.
OP may eventually want to use this computer or get this computer in a future event.

OP said "All I need is a new case and a PSU" with a 200-300$ budget
This obviously means he is thinking of doing more than just a case and power-supply.
Explaining why or why not to get something is completely valid.
With his additional budget after a case and power-supply he could buy his father a new monitor if he needed one.
You'd be amazed at how much they are impressed from using a 15 inch screen up to a 23-24inch monitor.
e) that is assuming he has a smaller monitor, but you did state that the monitor was already covered.
If you're wanting to make the experience better for your father there is also the option of an office chair.

agreed on this.
playing online poker, its a big advantage to you (saves you time, able to multi table, etc etc) when you have a bigger monitor
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agreed on this.
playing online poker, its a big advantage to you (saves you time, able to multi table, etc etc) when you have a bigger monitor
or
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What if he had a second monitor...
I don't know if he'd be able to handle it.
I know the previous generation like to do everything they can within on screen.
But you never know, just throwing that out there.
e) I'm saying buy a monitor but still use the old one.
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post #13 of 33
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or
or
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What if he had a second monitor...
I don't know if he'd be able to handle it.
I know the previous generation like to do everything they can within on screen.
But you never know, just throwing that out there.
e) I'm saying buy a monitor but still use the old one.

????
im just saying ,that for online poker, its an advantage to having a bigger monitor compraed to a smaller one
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post #14 of 33
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????
im just saying ,that for online poker, its an advantage to having a bigger monitor compraed to a smaller one
I'm expanding the idea of using the current monitor and a new one is all.
doubt he'd be able to do it
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post #15 of 33
I remember a post in another thread where the guy put in an SSD for his GF who said she did not notice a difference between it and an a HDD. He let her use it for a month and then swapped it out again for a regular HDD and she immediately complained about how slow the machine got.

I would not say that it's a waste for budget builds. The speed increase and the responsiveness is worth it for the average user who does what the OP has described. If his father does not need large capacity then there's no reason to go for a HDD over this.
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post #16 of 33
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I remember a post in another thread where the guy put in an SSD for his GF who said she did not notice a difference between it and an a HDD. He let her use it for a month and then swapped it out again for a regular HDD and she immediately complained about how slow the machine got.

I would not say that it's a waste for budget builds. The speed increase and the responsiveness is worth it for the average user who does what the OP has described. If his father does not need large capacity then there's no reason to go for a HDD over this.

at the moment, the only reason why i would agree to this is because of the big price drops in SSDs at the moment.

and i nkow from experience, opening tables and such on online poker takes some time, so i guess an ssd would help
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post #17 of 33
To those saying an SSD isn't needed, or won't be noticed, just go home. Really, if you haven't used an SSD, that's fine. But those who have know there isn't any going back. Doesn't matter what you're doing - If all you do is use Chrome, or you play AAA games - an SSD will give you a huge boost in perceived speed either way.
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post #18 of 33
Oh i havent said he wont notice difference but browsers and small games works just fine with typical hdd, why overspending on very least noticeable thing?
post #19 of 33
Because it's not little. If you haven't used one, fair enough. I have, for a long time. Last year I had to go back to mechanical drives for a bit, and the difference was immediate. At the time I wasn't playing any games - The extent of my usage was web browsing and office work, much the same as what the OP's dad would be doing, I'd guess - and I could tell right away. I've since swapped SSDs into my family's PCs, and they were able to tell within a couple of minutes. One year on, and I haven't got a single complaint of "The computer's getting very slow, can you do something to speed it up?" yet. For that reason alone, SSDs are fantastic.

TL;DR - Everything will work fine with a HDD, but an SSD will be much faster.
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post #20 of 33
If he's not going to play any games (other than online flash based stuff) I would just grab a decent size SSD, 4GB of ram and either a Celeron or Pentium Haswell dual core. Power consumption will be next to nothing and it'll have more than enough power to do the tasks you say he will do.

Also, an SSD will make a very noticeable difference in a machine. You could have an 8+ core beast clocked to the moon with who-knows-how-much ram and it would still lag with a slow HDD.
Edited by *ka24e* - 3/31/14 at 2:44am
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