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Currently, she's using a Dell with a Pentium III 997 MHZ, which is starting to crap out.

She needs a new computer that can run just about anything she wants it to, including word, email, Photoshop, Quicken, etc.

She asked me to throw together a list of parts for her (I showed her that another Dell or an Alienware would be extremely expensive), so here they are.

She is NOT interested in overclocking, but she wants the computer to be as near to silent as possible (I immediately thought liquid cooling). In addition, weight does not matter much.

Here they are:

Motherboard: Chaintech VNF4 Value Edition (currently in my computer)
Power Supply: Rosewill RP500-2 (currently in my computer)
Case: Titan Robela TWC-A88
Video Card: eVGA 256-P2-N516 GeForce 7800GT
Processor: AMD Athlon 64 Venice 3800+
CD drive: LITE-ON SHM-165-H6S-OEM
Hard drive: WD Caviar SE WD2500JD
RAM: GeIL Value 1GB (2*512) PC3200

Most of these parts can be found on NewEgg.com (the VNF4 is no longer carried).

The replacement parts that I'm looking at are:

Motherboard: BIOSTAR TForce4 SLI (I plan to run SLI in the future)
Power Supply: Sunbeam NUUO 550W SLI

Could you (being the experts in the computer field) look these over for me, and give some feedback?

Thanks
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post #2 of 35
Would you be interested in my computer? lol.
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post #3 of 35
Umm... do you know what her budget is?
I recommend, if it is only hers:
A64 3000+ DTR
1024MB RAM
160GB HDD
GeForce 6200 128-bit
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post #4 of 35
less on the video card. Less on the processor. More on the case + cooling.

She doesn't need a 7800GT. She defn doesn't need a 3800+ unless you are looking for a dual core 3800+...which you're not...which she wouldnt' need either. That's al ot of money for nothing.
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post #5 of 35
Yeah, I think the system you have listed is overkill... for Photoshop that is.
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post #6 of 35
That seems like kinda overkill... but nice system either way.
post #7 of 35
One thing I will recommend is a Big T.. as it is virtually silent.
post #8 of 35
It sounds like she really doesn't need a lot of power. I would go with a sempron or mobile athlon. The mobile athlon will keep you cool too, and thus quiet. And she definitly does not need a 7800GT. In fact, integrated graphics will be simplest for her, unless her photoshopping is frequent. I don't know how tech savvy she is. It seems like something like a 9250 or 9500 would be just fine for this build.

Building a computer isn't about making the best computer, its about the best for the user.
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post #9 of 35
i definatley reccomend a dual core cpu.... most people dont upgrade too often so having a more future proof pc is the smart thing to do, and like the others said, dont need much of a videocard,a 6600gt will do fine... might wanna get a decent aspire 550w psu and everything else looks dandy for mommy...LOL
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post #10 of 35
if you want it to be silent, just underclock the GFX.


(wrote fans first DOH! lol, been out drinking tonight, thats my excuse lol)
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