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post #1 of 15
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Hey guys,

I should be getting my tax return pretty soon and I want to get my Mom something nice.

She constantly complains about her crappy HP desktop because my brother installs a bunch of stupid stuff on there and has really ruined the computer. Not only that, but the computer itself is about 6 years old or so.

We keep talking about when she gets a new computer, we'd stick my brother with the one he ruined and my mom would be able to use the new one without any worry that it'd get ruined.

So, let me first explains what she does with it: Upload and view pictures from her digital camera (no videos, really), browse the internet (PayPal, email, eBay, random sites, etc), and I am sure that if I could get her into it she'd download and buy music.

Here's what I want to do. I want to make her an Intel dual-core build with 2GB of RAM and a nice sized 120GB hard drive. The video card does not need to be amazing. I want to upgrade her from onboard audio, so maybe a cheap SoundBlaster Audigy or something. She also would need an aesthetically pleasing case that's easy to use (finding the power button, etc). Also would need front panel USB ports so she can plug her camera in with ease. I also don't want to stick her with super cheap speakers that will end up sounding like crap after two weeks, some maybe some kind of 2.1 setup. She will also need a basic keyboard, maybe with some media controls with a mouse.

I also want to get all this for her for $500 or less.

I hate having to put off my own build, but man.. my mom deserves it.

Here is what I am looking at so far:

Motherboard
$66.99

Processor
$124.99

Video Card
$48.99 (28.99 after rebate)

Memory
$44.99

Hard Drive
$44.99

Sound Card
$29.99

Case
$49.99

DVD Drive
$24.99

Power Supply
$31.66

Mouse/Keyboard
$21.99

Total: $489.57 + Shipping

So, this seems like a pretty good computer for what she does. It won't need to be overclocked, it won't be heavily used and put under stress... just a normal computer so she can do what old ladies do

What do you guys think? Any suggestions or comments?
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post #2 of 15
Looks good. Based on your description, I think the $70 E2140 or $60 E2180 OEM should be fine. The 965 board is ok. The same price Gigabyte P31 is worthy to take a look. For GPU, how about the same price BFG 8500GT. For PSU, I would go for $38 Antec earthwatts EA380.
post #3 of 15
Does your mom have lots of pictures shes going to put on the computer? If so, I would probably go with a 160+ GB HD mainly because it would only be a couple of dollars more. I would look into an Antec PSU instead and probably the P31 board linskingdom recommended. Otherwise, it all looks good!


EDIT: I would probably get a passive video card instead. That 7300 GT looks like it could be really loud.
post #4 of 15
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/...Number=5535385

Subtract the last 3 items.

Should be under 400 dollars. If you had your sound card, seems like something good to me.


But I like the parts you chose, it's probably will do better than this build.
    
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post #5 of 15
I second linskingdom and wire. For $5 more you can get 33% more HD capacity, seems like a good move. If you don't mind MIR that 8500 looks great and will future proof her video a bit. And I like the idea of saving yourself some money and getting the E2160. Just give it a mild overclock at stock volts and you'll get the E4500 for $50 less. It would only take but a minute

But overall great build.

Oh, and how about the CM 534 RC case? Same price, just takes away the 80mm front fan and instead uses a 120mm side fan. I've used one before and have zero complaints. But the Centurion 5 is better if she's sticking this thing inside a desk cabinet (God forbid).

EDIT: You had mentioned speakers, these are great quality for a tight budget: Logitech X-230
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post #6 of 15
well since she doesnt game, you could slip away with getting onboard graphics.
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post #7 of 15
nahh a 7300gt or a 8400gt is good and future proof
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post #8 of 15
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Oh, and how about the CM 534 RC case? Same price, just takes away the 80mm front fan and instead uses a 120mm side fan. I've used one before and have zero complaints. But the Centurion 5 is better if she's sticking this thing inside a desk cabinet (God forbid).

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She actually will be putting this in a desk cabinet. Trust me, I've told her that's killer for a computer but she doesn't want it laying around with wires everywhere..

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post #9 of 15
tri-sli her ! Joking, should be nice. I think the major things people with generic computer need is RAM
     
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post #10 of 15
Why are you getting her a sound card? Unless she listens to a lot of music and has nice speakers I'd just use integrated and then get her a bigger HD, or maybe get two if your brother is still using it. Try to keep all the crap he downloads on one and the important stuff on the other.
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