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Budget Rig For Parents

Poll Results: Which rig should They go for?

 
  • 64% (20)
    AM2 X2 3800+
  • 35% (11)
    Budget C2D
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post #1 of 57
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Hey Guys,

So today my dad decided he is tired of upgrading his old 1.6GHz P4 (lawl) and has decided to buy a new computer (wooo)

He said to me ok I'm going down to tesco to get one now........I was like lets see the specs.

Memory512MB DDR2
Operating SystemWindows Vista™ Home Basic
ProcessorIntel celeron D Processor 356
Type of Speakers2.1
PCI Express4 slots
GraphicsATI radeon xpress 200
Hard Drive80GB
Number of USB Ports6


£289.94

I told him no and slapped him.....

I told him I could make a far better computer for less. He said it wasnt possible cause he is a dumbass.

So here is what I came up with - Remeber they are not going to be playing games at all, my dad uses my computer for that Just a basic web surfing/Multitasking/Music/Emails etc etc



What do you guys think? I'm trying to keep it around £200 to really impress him
    
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post #2 of 57
Go with the AMD build , then slap him again for good measure !
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post #3 of 57
I don't think the computer he wanted could run Vista worth anything anyway. Slap him again!
'bout time.
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'bout time.
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post #4 of 57
I would try this mobo for the X2 rig: Biostar 7025

I've just found out about it from another thread. It has integrated VID (some 7100-like) and according to that review it even OCs (not that your father would care, mine surely doesn't). It would best the Gf4 MX you were thinking imo.

*EDIT With the 40$ of economy get a huge HDD My dad is fond of his rig 'cause nobody at work has that much amount of "memory"...
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post #5 of 57
Why go amd when he can get that c2d?
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post #6 of 57
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris_483 View Post
Go with the AMD build , then slap him again for good measure !
*Picks up Wii Controller and asks him for a game of "baseball"

Quote:
Originally Posted by Xerasyte View Post
I don't think the computer he wanted could run Vista worth anything anyway. Slap him again!
He is knocked out on the floor with a Wii controller beside him......

So you thinking the AMD is best? Thats what I though but the cheap C2D is VERY cheap for a C2D

I will add a poll

And NO they dont need graphics - If they decide they do I have a 6600GT lying around
    
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post #7 of 57
go with the AMD setup it will suit him perfectly.
    
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post #8 of 57
Quote:
Originally Posted by RickJS View Post
Why go amd when he can get that c2d? One thing: You don't think theyll need anything with graphics?
Low end c2d, plus it's more expensive and remember it's only being used as surfing, and low req. things. Not like he needs a c2d to do that.
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post #9 of 57
Go with the C2D.... it will last them atleast a year longer than an AMD rig.
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post #10 of 57
I don't understand why everyone is recommending the amd rig. Care to explain?


Okay, think about this. The C2D will last longer and your dad said he is tired of upgrading. Even if it is a budget rig, that cheap and you might as well get the best thing if its a couple dollars more.
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