Originally Posted by TwoCables
hehe I did the same with a friend's computer. All he wanted was a very basic computer that he can use to do e-mail, surf the internet and maybe record home movies into software from his VCR player. His computer doesn't do much. But even so, I did my best with it even though I didn't have to. He is the kind of person who says "I don't care; as long as it works, then that's what I need." He didn't care if it was pretty or not either.
So yeah, I understand the passion. But still, if my parents were looking for me to build them a system, then I know that I could get away with some cheap (but good) 2 x 1 DDR2 kit (not even DDR3 lol), a Micro ATX board with onboard graphics, onboard audio, a basic 19" widescreen LCD monitor, a basic 250 GB hard drive, a DVD-RW drive, and I'd probably even go with the AMD platform.
I'm slowly trying to get my parents into the modern age. Before I embarked on this quest they only had a computer I had put together while I was still in high school, an old parrallel laserjet printer, and at&t DSL.
Since then I have upgraded their old machine as much as possible, advised my dad to buy a very nice toshiba laptop with dual hdd bays, 19" lcd, 8700m, T7100, etc, I have put together for my mom a machine with an e4500 and 2GB of ram, and got them on a router.
I've convinced them to switch their Internet service to their local cable provider, Cox, I'm looking to get them a NAS box, and I'm trying to get them to buy an HDTV. Once I am all done with them they'll have fast Internet service, all their files and media on an accessible network device, ability to play back their media on their HDTV, and at least three computers. I am also hoping to get them a networked printer.
My parents would be stuck in the digital dark ages if I didn't goad them on and do what I can for them.