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the afternoon shellshoccker on newegg is going to be a case, so i would wait to see that.

also, the HD4200 is quite a nice video card and is doing all the aero features one would want. However, it takes 256mb of RAM, as it has none onbaord. If you get a 790_x chip, those come with an integrated 128 MB of RAM
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I suggest you an ATOM 330 motherboard (65$) - it will do office, Internet and any non-gaming office-related apps at a fraction of the cost, power consumption and noise. It has integrated CPU, graphics, you only need to add source, RAM and HDD. I tested this combo on my less computer savvy family members and they all appreciated the lack of any kind of noise (after replacing the stock mobo fan that is).
Thanks. I"ll think about this. +REP.
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Darn I should of never got that board!

I realize theres a DDR3 Version of it and now its to late....
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Hey OP. If it makes you feel any better, I built a computer for my parents (who do pretty much what your grandpa does with a computer). I put in 2x2 gigs of DDR3 1333 (9-9-9-24) in theirs and notice no difference from mine (in my sig rig) when doing desktop stuff. Unless your grandpa is worried about a loss of FPS in crysis, I wouldn't worry about ordering that ddr2 board
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Yeah there's barely a difference between the ram. DDR2 800 has lower timings so I wouldn't worry about it too much, unless you're trying to future proof your Grandpa
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post #26 of 40
For web surfing and MS Office, $400 is a bit pricey.

Would you be willing to look at used parts? I just built a desktop for under $200 for my girlfriend's mom:

Intel Pentium Dual-Core: $25
Intel Stock S775 Cooler: $5
2x1GB Generic DDR2-800: $20
MSI mATX G31 Board: $35
450W Thermaltake: $25
Generic DVD-RW: $15
80GB SATA HDD: $20
Office-esque mATX case: $30

Total: $170

She watches videos online all the time, and uses it to run her company (mostly through OutLook with some Excel, Powerpoint, and Word), and the onboard video hooked up to a 1680x1050 22" and Pentium-DC is more than enough power for her. She's been using it for over a month now and is perfectly happy with it.
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Hey OP. If it makes you feel any better, I built a computer for my parents (who do pretty much what your grandpa does with a computer). I put in 2x2 gigs of DDR3 1333 (9-9-9-24) in theirs and notice no difference from mine (in my sig rig) when doing desktop stuff. Unless your grandpa is worried about a loss of FPS in crysis, I wouldn't worry about ordering that ddr2 board
Thanks this really makes me feel so much better.

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Yeah there's barely a difference between the ram. DDR2 800 has lower timings so I wouldn't worry about it too much, unless you're trying to future proof your Grandpa
Oh okay good, because the DDR3 motherboard is only $10 more expensive. I thought it would do a big difference, however now the only con I see is that if he tried to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB DDR2 it will be much more expensive then DDR3. Then again, I'm sure 2GB should be plenty for his needs.

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For web surfing and MS Office, $400 is a bit pricey.

Would you be willing to look at used parts? I just built a desktop for under $200 for my girlfriend's mom:

Intel Pentium Dual-Core: $25
Intel Stock S775 Cooler: $5
2x1GB Generic DDR2-800: $20
MSI mATX G31 Board: $35
450W Thermaltake: $25
Generic DVD-RW: $15
80GB SATA HDD: $20
Office-esque mATX case: $30

Total: $170

She watches videos online all the time, and uses it to run her company (mostly through OutLook with some Excel, Powerpoint, and Word), and the onboard video hooked up to a 1680x1050 22" and Pentium-DC is more than enough power for her. She's been using it for over a month now and is perfectly happy with it.
wow, thats real amazing!
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wow, thats real amazing!
It's really not that hard. Just plan a budget out (mine was a bit more generous at $200 originally), then allocate portions of the budget to each component.

Once you're done, make a "Wanted" thread listing out exactly which parts you need and what price you're willing to pay for each. The prices I listed in my post are very realistic, and as long as you don't care about overclocking abilities, you should be able to find the same parts for the same prices with some diligence.

Finally, being an enthusiast community many of us get caught up with the best video cards, but sometimes we forget that for basic uses (even watching videos), integrated graphics are more than enough. You can easily save money by using an integrated graphics chip and foregoing a graphics card

Of course, you're going to have to forego some of the luxuries you're used to with a build like this (getting used to non-toolless designs was a bit painful, both emotionally and physically. I've the cuts on my fingers to prove it!), but the price/performance value really cannot be beat, IMO

Hope it helps!
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Oh okay good, because the DDR3 motherboard is only $10 more expensive. I thought it would do a big difference, however now the only con I see is that if he tried to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB DDR2 it will be much more expensive then DDR3. Then again, I'm sure 2GB should be plenty for his needs.
Remember that us OCN'ers are moving on to ddr3 ram. If you ever needed to upgrade to another 2gb you could find them cheap here on OCN
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post #30 of 40
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wow, sometimes its better just to buy a computer from bestbuy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Compaq+C...99126100050005

Thats cheaper then my computer and it comes with 3GB DDR3 memory and a 18.5inch monitor....
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