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Just a word of warning, if they are noobs to computing and surfing, you're going to be their "go to" IT guy.

Remember all the goofy stuff you did in the beginning, well, you're going to be fixing all that for them.

How is their eyesight? 17" may not be enough. But then, if they like computing, an upgrade is always possible. Make sure they have a comfy place to put the PC. That's important for the "grandparents" generation.
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Im guessing the GeForce 7050 is a better onboard GPU than Intel GMA 950

-Intel Pentium E2180 Allendale 2.0GHz $69.99

-XFX MG61Mi7059 NVIDIA GeForce 7050 / nForce 610i Micro ATX Intel $59.99

-G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) $44.99

-Western Digital Caviar SE WD1600AAJS 160GB $43.99

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Just a word of warning, if they are noobs to computing and surfing, you're going to be their "go to" IT guy.

Remember all the goofy stuff you did in the beginning, well, you're going to be fixing all that for them.

How is their eyesight? 17" may not be enough. But then, if they like computing, an upgrade is always possible. Make sure they have a comfy place to put the PC. That's important for the "grandparents" generation.
Yeah, I will probably have to show them a few things, buts its really just a favor.

Good point about their eyesight. The do have a 720p TV. I might connect it to that and get them a wireless mouse and keyboard. This way they can sit in the lazy boy and use the computer
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I think that the HP computer that " this Newb again" showed you is your best bet, its the computer and a license for windows vista home premium, and manufacturers warranty for 250. Ive always loved XP but the truth about XP at the moment is that since the launch of SP3, Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, so a license for Vista would be more useful than a soon to be obsolete operating system.
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I think that the HP computer that " this Newb again" showed you is your best bet, its the computer and a license for windows vista home premium, and manufacturers warranty for 250. Ive always loved XP but the truth about XP at the moment is that since the launch of SP3, Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, so a license for Vista would be more useful than a soon to be obsolete operating system.
I have a micosoft Technet subscription. I dont have to pay for software...
I am using XP that way I dont need as much RAM or CPU power to make it seem fast. There is really no benefit to getting Vista on the machine.


Is there anything wrong with this build? Everything is compatible?

I would go for the better mobo and CPU but it is simply not needed. It will probably never be overclocked and will not be used to its full potential.
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I have a micosoft Technet subscription. I dont have to pay for software...
I am using XP that way I dont need as much RAM or CPU power to make it seem fast. There is really no benefit to getting Vista on the machine.


Is there anything wrong with this build? Everything is compatible?

I would go for the better mobo and CPU but it is simply not needed. It will probably never be overclocked and will not be used to its full potential.
That CPU is OEM so it doesn't include a fan
You will want this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103064
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post #17 of 19
Here's my suggestions:

Intel Build
Pentium Dual-Core E2220: $89.99 shipped
EVGA e-7050/610i Motherboad: $58.99 shipped ($38.99 after $20 MIR)
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2-800 Kit: $44.99 shipped
Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 16MB cache: $54.99 shipped

Total: $248.96 shipped ($228.96 if you do mobo rebate)

AMD Build
Athlon 64 X2 5200+ 2.7GHz Brisbane: $77 shipped
(Open Box) Gigabyte 780G AM2+ Motherboard: $67.24 shipped
G.SKILL 2GB DDR2-800 Kit: $44.99 shipped
Seagate Barracuda 250GB SATA 3.0Gb/s 16MB cache: $54.99 shipped

Total: $244.22 shipped

I highly recommend the Gigabyte 780G board I used in the AMD build. I have it in my HTPC and the HD 3200 is amazing for an onboard GPU (it plays Battlefield 2 smooth with all settings on high and res at 1280x960). Although the grandparents probably won't game but it doesn't hurt to have the ability.
Edited by Ben the OCer - 7/7/08 at 10:16am
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That CPU is OEM so it doesn't include a fan
You will want this http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103064
Thanks!

I wouldnt have found that.... I usually never buy retail.
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I think that the HP computer that " this Newb again" showed you is your best bet, its the computer and a license for windows vista home premium, and manufacturers warranty for 250. Ive always loved XP but the truth about XP at the moment is that since the launch of SP3, Microsoft is no longer supporting XP, so a license for Vista would be more useful than a soon to be obsolete operating system.
Lol, uhh, just because it won't be supported far from means it will be obsolete.
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