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Rate this basic setup for Mom and Dad.

post #1 of 9
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I'm in the process of putting together a basic pc for everyday use for Mom and Dad. All they need is what comes in the tower...already have monitor, keyboard, etc.

Here is some of the components i'm coming up with for something basic...they want me to keep it as cheap as possible.
I'm gonna got with the Sempron 140 processor, but am curious to know if the 2nd core can be unlocked with this board.

Biostar MCP63 Motherboard - GeForce 6150, Socket AM3, DDR3, RAID, Hyper Transport Technology(1.7 lbs)

Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500-Watt Power

Patriot PSD32G13332 PC10600 2GB DDR3 Desktop Memory Upgrade - 1333MHz, Non-ECC, Unbuffered, Non-ECC, CL9, 1x2048MB(0.54 lbs) (2 of these)

Gigabyte GZ-X4 ATX Mid Tower Case - No PSU, MicroATX, 2 x USB 2.0, 7x 3.5 Drive Bays, 4x 5.25 Drive Bays(12.6 lbs)

20$ dvd burner.

western digital caviar blue, 500 gb $40

All this is $295 from tiger direct, and I would use win xp for now.
thoughts?
post #2 of 9
IF it supports unlocking I've heard Semprons will turn into dual core Athlons.... Just my two cents.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Intel Core i5 2500K P67 Professional AMD Radeon HD 6950 unlock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2gb 
RAMRAMHard DriveHard Drive
G.Skill Ripjaws G.Skill Ripjaws Intel X25-V Seagate Barracuda 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Goflex USB 3.0 24x DVD R/W DL Win7 Ultermate 64 Acer 20in 1600x900 
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Compaq 20in 1600x900 17in Dell 1280x1024 19in Gateway 1280x1024 Razer Blackwidow mech w/ cherry MX blues 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Kingwin LZ-750 HAF 932 + sound activated lights Logitech G500 Rosewill USB headset 
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Pentium 4 3.2ghz w/ HT HP Intel IGP 4gb Mushkin DDR2 
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Intel Core i5 2500K P67 Professional AMD Radeon HD 6950 unlock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 2gb 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
WD Goflex USB 3.0 24x DVD R/W DL Win7 Ultermate 64 Acer 20in 1600x900 
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Compaq 20in 1600x900 17in Dell 1280x1024 19in Gateway 1280x1024 Razer Blackwidow mech w/ cherry MX blues 
PowerCaseMouseAudio
Kingwin LZ-750 HAF 932 + sound activated lights Logitech G500 Rosewill USB headset 
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post #3 of 9
Do not purchase that memory.
All 2x1GB memory is a ripoff and pretty much all Patriot DDR3 1333 CL9 comes with an inexcusable and unacceptable 1.65V rating.
I don't believe that board will unlock it. Try finding a 760G mobo.
I'll get to you in a moment, just completing another suggestion for a Canadian shopper.
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I got a list on newegg for my mom 3 ghz 2 core processor for 3 I will post it
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500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Lite on 24x combo Windows 7 Dell 23inch 
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post #5 of 9
For something this cheap, just buy an e-machine
post #6 of 9
only think I would suggest is a low level dedicated graphics card so that the integrated graphics on the mobo doesn't steal from the ram. I have an 8600gt in my dads computer and it does him just fine.
post #7 of 9
here it is i dont know about the psu but
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Phenom x II 555 @ 3.4 Ghz Biostar A880G+ HD5450 2 X 4Gb Patriot 
Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Lite on 24x combo Windows 7 Dell 23inch 
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Dell Seasonic 520 Bronze Certified MATX Dell 
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Mossy Oak Breakup onboard 
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Hard DriveOptical DriveOSMonitor
500GB Seagate Momentus Hybrid Lite on 24x combo Windows 7 Dell 23inch 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Dell Seasonic 520 Bronze Certified MATX Dell 
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Mossy Oak Breakup onboard 
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post #8 of 9
I am building a computer for a friend and with a Athlon II X2 it came up like 340$. That was with a 880G MB, 4GB DDR3-1333, CX430, HAF 912, Seagate 500GB, DVD Burner.
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SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
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4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
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eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
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AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
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EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
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Intel Core i7 3770K @ 4.6GHz ASRock Z77E-ITX eVGA GTX 1080 Ti Hybrid AMD Radeon R9 16GB DDR3-2400MHz  
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
SanDisk Ultra II 960GB Toshiba X300 5TB Corsair H100i GTX eVGA Hybrid Water Cooler  
CoolingOSMonitorKeyboard
4x GentleTyphoon AP-15 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Philips Brilliance BDM4065UC 4K Razer BlackWidow Chroma  
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
eVGA SuperNOVA 750 G3 Define Nano S Logitech G502 Proteus Core PECHAM Gaming Mouse Pad XX-Large 
AudioAudioAudioAudio
Audioengine D1 DAC Mackie CR Series CR3 Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Sennheiser HD 598 
Audio
Sony XB950BT 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 955 @ 4.2GHz ASUS M4A79XTD EVO AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB @ 1200/1500 2x 4GB G.SKILL Ripjaws X DDR3-1600 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
OCZ Agility 3 60GB WD Caviar Green 1.5TB 2 x Seagate Barracuda 2TB XSPC Raystorm 
CoolingCoolingOSPower
EK-FC7970 XSPC RS360 Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit Corsair TX750 
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post #9 of 9

I find TigerDirect has extremely poor selection & price except on certain occasions.

AMD Sempron 145 - $40 [C3 revision is much better esp. for unlocking & overclocking]
Biostar A880G+ - $55, $45 AR (and yes you can unlock)

- $46 shipped (your choice on case form factor really but I suggest low form factor for lower-end builds for families and all)
GeIL Value 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL9 - $42 shipped OR OCZ Special Ops 2x2GB DDR3-1600 CL8 - $45 shipped
Samsung F3 1TB - $55 shipped after promo code HARDOCP112C (Worth the extra $15 if you ask me)
ASUS 24X DVD - $17 shipped
Total cost before rebates: $255
Total cost after rebates: $245

That's right. A full $50 less and you are getting twice the hard drive space, twice the memory, a better processor and a much better motherboard with better HD playback support. With the $50 you save you could step up to a larger case/PSU if you do so wish or an Athlon II x2.

XP is just too outdated now to be used on any computer; 7 would be better. In fact I would even choose a distro of Linux over Windows XP. It's free, likely newer, and would offer [limited but present] Windows app support through WINE.
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