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~$500 Build for my Dad - any last minute changes?

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I'm building a computer for my father in law. I'm under the assumption that in this price range AMD is the better route to take. He's not going to be gaming or doing anything too intense with the system, however I'd like it to last him a good number of years. Already own a copy of win7 pro, keyboard, mouse, monitor and speakers. Missing anything? Possible to do better with this price range?

Thanks!

edit: well damn - seems like I won't be able to use a couple of coupon codes on the PSU and HDD. I think I want to keep the HDD anyway but am looking at diff cpus atm.
Edited by whitehawk - 2/17/11 at 1:15am
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post #2 of 39
If he's not going to game there's no point in a quad core. Just go x2 or x3. If you go Phenom II X3 720 BE there's always unlocking the fourth core and having that possibility of it being stable.
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I guess I was just thinking "future proofing", against what I don't know... I was just imagining more things will be able to take advantage of quad-core in the next few years.
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post #4 of 39
What about a X6 1055T?
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post #5 of 39
Well, like I said. If you're not gaming or stressing your system in anyway you won't notice any increase in general Windows performance.

Thus a x4 CPU would just be a waste of money.

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Originally Posted by Atomfix View Post
What about a X6 1055T?
Why? He's not going to be doing anything intense according to the OP.

If your dad isn't going to game, overclock, render videos/movies, use photoshop, use 3d applications, etc... A x2/x3 core is your best option as far as "budget" goes.
post #6 of 39
id go with this ram kit
$5 more and much more future resistant

Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model KHX1600C9D3B1K2/4GX
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820104203
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post #8 of 39
If he just needs something for the internet and browsing...basic PC use..

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...ECSBareboneKit

upgrade the ram to 4 gigs your under 300 bucks 2.4 Ghz quad core Phenom X4

If you want to stick with the chip and board you picked out 2 things. Microcenter is running a promo with all amd chips get a free board and upgrade for 20-30 bucks if you have one near you it's instore only. Secondly get a small HD and a smaller PSU doesn't need what you are putting in there for basic use it's overkill save 30 bucks on the PSU and the HD get a 500 gig and a sunbeam or coolmaster PSU, I'd probably pick a cheaper case to, you could easily get this to under 400, or go with the tigerdirect kit and spend 250.
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post #9 of 39
Having a quad core for an every day pc, especially one you want to last for years and years to come, is perfectly fine. More to the point though, you do not need a phenom II, a better fit would be an Athlon II x4.

only one left in stock at the egg:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-885-_-Product

Everything else in your build looks great to me. Fantastic budget computer for non-gaming.
     
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post #10 of 39
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Originally Posted by dscroggs4 View Post
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That case is ugly man and i wouldn't even use the included PSU to test fans never mind use it in a system.

Now as for the Coolermaster PSU its not good but not very bad. If you ever want to put a graphics card in this machine and play games then keep it as it is, however if you have no desire to do that than id drop the 500W and go for the CX430 and drop the Phenom II X4 in favour of an Phenom II X3 or X2 or an Athlon II X4 and try an unlock.

With the money you save id buy a cheap SSD this will net faster boot times as the mechanical HDD is the biggest speed for general use bottleneck in that system IMHO.
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