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I am building this PC for my aunt. She does not have AC in her house so I need to concentrate on good cooling. She literally only uses the PC for MS Word, Turbotax, Finance info, and Dial Up internet (I cannot get her to switch to cable). She might play games in the future, but nothing major. She did say she wants a good video card regardless. Longevity is key, we need 6-8 years out of this or more. Here is what I came up with. She said she doesn't want to spend more than $1500, but that would give her WAYYYY more PC than she needs so I am going for $1000. She already has MS Office and XP because she bought XP last year.

Newegg Wishlist

Acer 20 Monitor$199.99 This monitor comes up time and time again when I create a potential build for someone. It is a good price and gets great reviews. I have yet to see it in person.

Lian-Li Lancool PCK7B case$79.99 This case looks like a million bucks. I spent a few hours looking at cases and I love this one. I was looking at a $50 Rosewill and I was going to add 2 fans to it for a total of 3 fans in the Rosewill. But this Lian-Li case is only $20 more (Shipped) than the Rosewill with 2 aftermarket fans, plus it is part aluminum and has a removable motherboard tray, AND it has the power button and USB ports and such on the top front which is perfect for where my aunt has her current computer. Anyone have experience with this case?

MSI P35 Neo-2-FR mobo$109.99 This gets good reviews and it has some nice cooling on the chipsets. Cooling is a big concern for me. Other than that I do not know a lot about it.

Core 2 Duo E7200$134.99 45nm Wolfdale, 2.53GHz, 1066FSB, should give great performance and remain cool as a cucumber.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro$29.99 Keep that Wolfdale cool as a cucumber.

G Skill 2x1GB DDR2 1066$59.99 This would give a 1:2 FSB:Mem ratio. She only needs 2GB. It's cheap, it's fast, I figure why not.

EVGA 9600GT$149.99 Lots of video card for the money, more video card than she will need or use.

Corsair 450W Power Supply$79.99 80+ certified, good price, 120mm fan. Looks pretty nice.

WD 160GB HDD$47.99 She does not need a lot of storage, I guarantee she has less than 20GB on her current HDD.

Cheap Rosewill Keyboard$4.99 CHEAP CHEAP!

Cheap Rosewill mouse$4.99 CHEAP CHEAP!

Lite-ON Combo drive$23.99 Burner/Reader

Total: $926.88

Shipped to my door: $987.17

So what do you think?
post #2 of 9
I couldn't see anything there that I'd change. Good selection!
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Originally Posted by Greg121986 View Post
I am building this PC for my aunt. She does not have AC in her house so I need to concentrate on good cooling. She literally only uses the PC for MS Word, Turbotax, Finance info, and Dial Up internet (I cannot get her to switch to cable). She might play games in the future, but nothing major. She did say she wants a good video card regardless. Longevity is key, we need 6-8 years out of this or more. Here is what I came up with. She said she doesn't want to spend more than $1500, but that would give her WAYYYY more PC than she needs so I am going for $1000.

Acer 20 Monitor$199.99 This monitor comes up time and time again when I create a potential build for someone. It is a good price and gets great reviews. I have yet to see it in person.

Lian-Li Lancool PCK7B case$79.99 This case looks like a million bucks. I spent a few hours looking at cases and I love this one. I was looking at a $50 Rosewill and I was going to add 2 fans to it for a total of 3 fans in the Rosewill. But this Lian-Li case is only $20 more (Shipped) than the Rosewill with 2 aftermarket fans, plus it is part aluminum and has a removable motherboard tray, AND it has the power button and USB ports and such on the top front which is perfect for where my aunt has her current computer. Anyone have experience with this case?

MSI P35 Neo-2-FR mobo$109.99 This gets good reviews and it has some nice cooling on the chipsets. Cooling is a big concern for me. Other than that I do not know a lot about it.

Core 2 Duo E7200$134.99 45nm Wolfdale, 2.53GHz, 1066FSB, should give great performance and remain cool as a cucumber.

Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro$29.99 Keep that Wolfdale cool as a cucumber.

G Skill 2x1GB DDR2 1066$59.99 This would give a 1:2 FSB:Mem ratio. She only needs 2GB. It's cheap, it's fast, I figure why not.

EVGA 9600GT$149.99 Lots of video card for the money, more video card than she will need or use.

Corsair 450W Power Supply$79.99 80+ certified, good price, 120mm fan. Looks pretty nice.

WD 160GB HDD$47.99 She does not need a lot of storage, I guarantee she has less than 20GB on her current HDD.

Cheap Rosewill Keyboard$4.99 CHEAP CHEAP!

Cheap Rosewill mouse$4.99 CHEAP CHEAP!

Lite-ON Combo drive$23.99 Burner/Reader

So what do you think?
Looks good, especially for what she is looking for.

But there are two things I would probably change.

First, if you're really looking for 6-8 years of life out of this thing...I'd look into a lower end 45nm quad core...maybe the 9300? 9450 if you can find it/in the price range. I know it's quite a lot more than the 7200 but for future proofing purposes I think she really should have a quad.

And that Acer monitor is nice...but they have a 19" wide screen with a 2000:1 contrast ratio for around 175$ I believe. I'd check that out before going with the 20" 800:1

Other than that it looks good
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 (G0) @ 3.0ghz DFI LP DK P35 8800GTS 512mb KO Edition 2x2Gig G.Skill DDR PC 8000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
320gig WD 7200RPM Windows 8 Pro 22" Samsung Corsair TX650w 
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Antec 900 
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Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
320gig WD 7200RPM Windows 8 Pro 22" Samsung Corsair TX650w 
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Antec 900 
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post #4 of 9
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Good point about that contrast ratio, I did not notice that. My Dell 2005FPW only has a 600:1 contrast ratio which I just realized, and I think it looks good. Would 800:1 be a noticeable difference? I'm sure 2000:1 would be noticeable.
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Originally Posted by Greg121986 View Post
Good point about that contrast ratio, I did not notice that. My Dell 2005FPW only has a 600:1 contrast ratio which I just realized, and I think it looks good. Would 800:1 be a noticeable difference? I'm sure 2000:1 would be noticeable.
I couldn't say from personally experience...but I'm sure there's a difference. The 19" 2000:1 has a max resolution of most 22" widescreens.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Q6600 (G0) @ 3.0ghz DFI LP DK P35 8800GTS 512mb KO Edition 2x2Gig G.Skill DDR PC 8000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
320gig WD 7200RPM Windows 8 Pro 22" Samsung Corsair TX650w 
Case
Antec 900 
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Q6600 (G0) @ 3.0ghz DFI LP DK P35 8800GTS 512mb KO Edition 2x2Gig G.Skill DDR PC 8000 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
320gig WD 7200RPM Windows 8 Pro 22" Samsung Corsair TX650w 
Case
Antec 900 
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post #6 of 9
You are still way under budget. That being the case. I'd go with a better CPU cooler. Since she doesn't have AC. The Arctic Cooler isn't really all that great. I'd go with like a Zalman. Tuniq. Or a TRUE. In fact I just ordered better cooling because my AC7 couldn't keep the CPU cool in this hot weather. (But then I overclock). But I think it would be better than the AC7 for longetivity of the chip.
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post #7 of 9
Looks good. You should find a 8800GT around $160 and get this Corsair 450 ($60) from buy.com so the price should be about the same.
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New Egg Wishlist for E7200 build

I just put together a quad core build for about $1060. I will post that wishlist when it shows up on NewEgg. I think I will go for the quad core because I want to fold on the PC for about a week while I am installing programs and testing it to make sure everything is working.
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One last bump and a link to a potential Q6600 build, I quite like the quad core idea.

Q6600 build wish list
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