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post #11 of 29
Get a sata hdd if she doesn't like waiting for apps to load
    
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post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by myresolution_72 View Post
The current one she has now is 7.2K RPM and it's IDE and from what I read .. Regular 7.2K RPM drive don't have improvements over IDE or SATA, just different connectors, so buying another 250GB HDD just for it to be SATA would be a waste of money and she doesn't need Raptors..
*facepalm x100000000000000*

you're spending money in all the wrong places and its just a waste. the machine will not open apps any quicker using the same slow old hard drive. many of the things you have are un-necessary as well.
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post #13 of 29
Why does grandma need anything faster? The old X2 is more than enough to check email and surf the web. If its getting slow it probably needs a fresh install.
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post #14 of 29
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Why does grandma need anything faster? The old X2 is more than enough to check email and surf the web. If its getting slow it probably needs a fresh install.
Yeah I just did one and it's a little faster but she just wants something new.
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post #15 of 29
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just so you know, the main cause of slow oppening apps is the hard drive. not the cpu. get a good drive if thats your concern
Agreed. Application load times have little to do with CPU performance. HDD access times are what you need to depend on.

Not that she needs a VelociRaptor, but moving to a newer SATA HDD merely increases the throughput of the drive. This won't make the apps load any quicker, unfortunately.
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Why does grandma need anything faster? The old X2 is more than enough to check email and surf the web. If its getting slow it probably needs a fresh install.
I would have to agree with Mr. Stroker on this. Though if she still wants a new build at least get new tech like an Athlon II X2 245 and 785G motherboard. Let K8 die. I also have to agree that a new hard drive would be a good idea. There's more to hard drive speed than just the format (IDE and SATA), RPM, and cache size. Think of it this way, saying a hard drive from 2005 and 2009 are the same speed because they both are 7200RPM, is like saying a Pentium D 3GHz is the same speed as a Core 2 Duo 3GHz.

Here is what I'd suggest for Granny:
Athlon II 245 + Corsair 400W PSU Combo $90.99 + shipping after $10 MIR
Gigabyte 785G Motherboard: $94.99 + shipping
OCZ 4GB DDR3-1600 Kit + Windows 7 64-bit OEM Combo: $168.98 shipped after $20 MIR
Western Digital 500GB AAKS: $49.99 shipped
Lite-On DVD Burner: $31.99 shipped
Cooler Master Elite 335 Case: $29.99 shipped

Total: $466.93 + shipping after $30 in MIRs
Edited by Ben the OCer - 11/21/09 at 4:33pm
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post #17 of 29
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Took the advice.
Added a 250GB Barracuda HDD
Changed the X2 5600+ to a II X2 240 Retail

Get the II X2 240 Retail allowed me to use the cooler that comes with it, canceling the CM Cooler which saved $15.

I believe I have everything correct. Any more suggestions?
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post #18 of 29
will your grandma be able to navigate Windows 7? assuming she isn't familiar with it.


My dad gets mad for "breaking" the computer for upgrading to Windows 7 lol.
    
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post #19 of 29
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will your grandma be able to navigate Windows 7? assuming she isn't familiar with it.


My dad gets mad for "breaking" the computer for upgrading to Windows 7 lol.
She catches on fast plus Windows 7 I find is easier and faster then XP MCE to use. All her icons would be down on the toolbar and that's self explanatory. She will rarely use the start menu honestly.

EDIT: I saw the part about your dad. I think that's all parents. My mom's desktop would freeze because it had a 200W PSU and it was getting the crap strained out of it, so I put in a 400W PSU i had laying around. No more freezes but it took her at least 5 or 6 months of, "The internet page won't load! You and your fidgeting messed it up! Take that power supply out!" and "I lost my contacts in my e-mail, come fix it now!" before she realized that what I did actually helped her and the computer.
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post #20 of 29
imo grandma needs chrom os. keep it simple
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