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My grandpa recently asked me to build him a computer that could run his Train Simulator game (he loves trains) and other simple programs. He prefers simplicity and minimal worries and doesnt want to spend extra on anything flashy. He will be using his 1080P TV as the monitor. This is the build i have come up with for him. Trying to keep it as cheap as possible.
Note: I have my old XFX 5770 that i am going to put in this.

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about $460 w/ MIRs
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can't see wishlists. take a screen shot then post it up on here.
 
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Sorry about that. thought it was public.
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post #4 of 19
you could honestly save money and build a better system by going with a quadcore amd build (coming from the biggest intel fanboy ever). Lose the ssd and get a 1tb hdd. He won't be able to tell the difference in speed. It will be fast enough and more space than he'll ever use. Other than that it looks extremely solid.
 
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post #5 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by fat_italian_stallion View Post
you could honestly save money and build a better system by going with a quadcore amd build (coming from the biggest intel fanboy ever). Lose the ssd and get a 1tb hdd. He won't be able to tell the difference in speed. It will be fast enough and more space than he'll ever use. Other than that it looks extremely solid.


Keep the SSD.


If all he is doing is just web browsing/train sim... then why get a humongous HDD.


Looks like a great build though.
post #6 of 19
yea or even a tri core amd rig, and maybe use a mini ATX case too, that would save you loads. try even the WD black 640gig its like 70 bucks. not too bad though.
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post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by The Master Chief View Post
Keep the SSD.


If all he is doing is just web browsing/train sim... then why get a humongous HDD.


Looks like a great build though.
maybe grandpa's got a vintage pron collection he has to digitize? just thinking of ways to save money... ssds are really the only true luxury of computing nowadays. will really only help with boot times. I guess every second matters when you're old tho.
 
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post #8 of 19
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Quote:
Keep the SSD.


If all he is doing is just web browsing/train sim... then why get a humongous HDD.
yea, thats what i was thinking. and, with the MIR, it's only about $90. but, he told me that he definitely will not use a lot of storage.

and, i know that a quad AMD would be good. however, i am not familiar with AMD. I'll make an AMD build and post it and ill have you guys compare and choose which one that will be best.
Edited by gnarlybug5 - 1/19/11 at 8:37pm
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post #9 of 19
yes every seconds matter but hes old (since hes a grandpa)
few seconds not going to hurt him unless he is a very inpatient old man
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post #10 of 19
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Here is the AMD build. i tried to go for Phenom over Athlon. but i had price in mind, instead. i kept the case and the cooler because they'll still work just fine.



What do you think? AMD? or Intel?
im free to any other suggestions.
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