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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16856119020

I'm looking to build it for my mom, she needs something very small but I refuse to build her anything skimpy like an intel atom build if its not a laptop. She watches videos, browses and does the usual, but gets REAL mad at lagging computers .

If I buy this I'm going to drop an Intel E6500 Dual core (wolfdale) in it, 2 GB ddr2 800 (it can only take one stick ). a 500 gb hard drive (samsung or WD) and a basic DVD/rw.

What bothers me about it is the fact that I can only stick 1 ddr 2 stick in it, as I want it to run win7 for her. Does anybody know how well win7 runs with only 2 gigs? Also it doesn't have DVI or HDMI out on the integrated graphics and I'm concerned about how difficult it will be to stick a low profile GPU In it (was thinking Geforce 8400ish low profile).

The whole system only comes out to ~$300. Should I go ahead with this or are there better options? I was going to build her an mATX build but I just can't seem to find a good small case+PSU for her tiny desk.
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What bothers me about it is the fact that I can only stick 1 ddr 2 stick in it, as I want it to run win7 for her. Does anybody know how well win7 runs with only 2 gigs? Also it doesn't have DVI or HDMI out on the integrated graphics and I'm concerned about how difficult it will be to stick a low profile GPU In it (was thinking Geforce 8400ish low profile).
Windows 7 runs fine with 2GB of RAM. I installed Professional (x86) on my cousin's laptop over the weekend and it ran alright. The biggest issue was his hard drive - slow as a hell.

I would think a low-profile 8400 would make a decent card. Just remember not to spend too much.

Too bad you missed a good deal in the FS/T section. Someone was selling a E2200/motherboard combo for $100 shipped.
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Looks like that may be what I do, I've been planning on building a PC for her for quite some time and this looks like the best one i've come up with. Just wish there was a deal on any of these parts right now.

Do they make low profile DVD drives that would suit this better, by that i mean shorter depth (same height, can't use a slim drive I don't think)
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Looks nice. I like the case.
    
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Windows 7 Home Premium works fine on my girlfriends older computer. She's using an older 40gig 5200RPM hard drive and a 2Ghz Amd dual core. It should run perfectly fine with all new parts.
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What brand Ram should I get? I haven't built an intel based machine in quite some time. I'm droping 1x2gb DDR2 800 in it. For now I have Kingston Hyper X KHX6400D2/2G in the cart, what do you think?
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post #7 of 7
Looks fine. That Kingston is rated at 2V while some are rated at 1.8V using the same timings. Shouldn't be a problem, just figured I'd mention that.

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