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My parents are due for a much needed upgrade. I have been out of the loop for quite some time and was wondering what the best bang for the buck "general use" pc would look like in mid 2016. They mainly use the computer for word processing and surfing the net. So, requirements should be pretty light from what I would think. One side note though: my dad is insanely IMPATIENT. He wants things to load almost instantly. If things don't load fast enough for him he constantly clicks like a mad man. (No matter how much I tell him not to) I threw in an old Crucial M4 but its running in IDE mode due to motherboard limitations. I suppose that M4 would suffice? Or should I invest in a more up to date SSD?

Current Specs:
Windows 7 Pro x64
E4500
4gb ram (3gb usable)
Crucial M4 128gb
Rando PCI Express video card (Just to get a picture on the screen)
Rando 500 watt PSU
Motherboard (Cant remember but its rather dated)

I was thinking about reusing the Video card, SSD, and PSU. I also have an unused Pentium G2030.
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post #2 of 27
Whats the max budget here?
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post #3 of 27
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I'd say no more than $750... Would prefer in the $500/$600 range.
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post #4 of 27
For that budget you can have two.
post #5 of 27
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Well I'll cut the budget in half then.
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post #6 of 27
Quote:
Originally Posted by orlywutlol View Post

Well I'll cut the budget in half then.

As you should. I'm thinking just a A8-7600 ($80) + a $50 motherboard

A8 will be all the computing power + youtube and such power needed, probably can even go lighter on the processor.

Keep the m4, it'll suffice. I used mine up until a few months ago.
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post #7 of 27
First of all - nice car!

The budget builds are not my strong point but I'll take a stab at it anyway.

There's no reason to not reuse that Crucial SSD. The PSU sounds a little iffy but if it works and you're comfortable with it then re-use it.

Motherboard
a cheap Micro-ATX
GIGABYTE GA-H110M-A - $50

CPU
Based on your needs, I think a Pentium will do
Intel G4400 - $50

Memory
You'll need to bump up to DDR3 but 8G should be a good plenty. 4GB and heavy web-surfing can cause paging
G.SKILL Ripjaws 2x4GB 1333 DDR3 - $35

Video Card
No need - the CPU/Motherboard offers integrated graphics
$0

PSU
In the event you want to swap it
Thermaltake TR2 - $35

TOTAL: $170

EDIT:

Forgot to mention, this is a pretty low-end build and will age accordingly. You could spend more now to try and get more life out of it but that's up to you. Really I think the components I've listed will get the job done for years to come. I'm typing this post on a 1st generation i5, H55 system and it still gets the job done rather well.

Also, I'm not sure if it matters but you could also go with a mini-ITX system (tiny motherboards and cases) to cut down on the amount of physical space the PC needs but that's more expensive.
Edited by MNiceGuy - 6/12/16 at 8:54pm
post #8 of 27
Thread Starter 
Thanks all for the input. Definitely got me going in the right direction. I had no idea components dropped that much in price over the last 3-4 years. Definitely a huge plus.

As for the car.. I don't get to drive it as often as I'd like. Work always seems to get in the way.
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Crucial M4 128gb, x2 WD6400AAKS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit Samsung SyncMaster T240 Silverstone DA800 800w 
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Lian Li PC-A70B 
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post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by orlywutlol View Post

I'd say no more than $750... Would prefer in the $500/$600 range.


For that, I would not bother building them a system.

Go with an intel NUC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102144

You could add your SSD to that and throw in a 8GB kit of ram and have a VERY small machine for about 400 bucks.

You could even buy a M.2 NVME SSD and have insane read and write speeds if you wanna go all out. A system like that would still only be less than 600 bucks.
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8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
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Adata SP900  Seagate 2TB hard drive (the power of 1 edition)  Custom WC Loop Linux (various versions) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T240HD Coolermaster XT Green switches XFX 1000w Corsair 800D 
MouseMouse PadAudioAudio
Razer Naga Epic 2014 edition Razer Vespula Stax Lambda Nova Classic Custom DIY DAC 
AudioAudioOther
300b PP monoblocks Snell J3 NZXT Hue 
CPUCPUMotherboardGraphics
8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz 8 core xeon E6 @ 3.5ghz EVGA X99 SR?  AMD 390x 
GraphicsRAMHard DriveCooling
AMD 390x 128 GB ECC DDR4  1TB PCI-e SSD Custom WC Loop 
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post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

For that, I would not bother building them a system.

Go with an intel NUC

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16856102144

You could add your SSD to that and throw in a 8GB kit of ram and have a VERY small machine for about 400 bucks.

You could even buy a M.2 NVME SSD and have insane read and write speeds if you wanna go all out. A system like that would still only be less than 600 bucks.

The newegg reviews for that unit aren't what I'd call flattering. It sounds to me like Intel has some kinks to work out on their NUCs.

I'd just upgrade the existing system. Performance between the two systems (upgrade vs NUC) are close but the system upgrade sounds like it would be a little easier to get up and running. The NUC does absolutely win on the size department though.
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