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May 7, 2013 12:55:34 AM

Hi Forum,

Building a computer for my mom to use at the office. Probably will be used mostly for web browsing and MS office work. Maybe watching some HD videos. Here is the build i came up with so far. Let me know what you guys think

CPU: AMD FX 4130 3.8 Ghz
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P (MOBO+CPU combo at Microcenter $105)
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ($35 Microcenter)
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB DDR3-1600 ($40 Microcenter)
PSU: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ($40 Newegg)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM ($57 Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 ($20 Amazon)

Total: Approx $330; after taxes

I have access to microcenter and fry's as well as amazon, newegg, or any other websites. I am in the US.
May 7, 2013 1:00:48 AM

bintopaulshin said:
Hi Forum,

Building a computer for my mom to use at the office. Probably will be used mostly for web browsing and MS office work. Maybe watching some HD videos. Here is the build i came up with so far. Let me know what you guys think

CPU: AMD FX 4130 3.8 Ghz
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-S2P (MOBO+CPU combo at Microcenter $105)
Case: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ($35 Microcenter)
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB DDR3-1600 ($40 Microcenter)
PSU: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ($40 Newegg)
HDD: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM ($57 Amazon)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 ($20 Amazon)

Total: Approx $330; after taxes

I have access to microcenter and fry's as well as amazon, newegg, or any other websites. I am in the US.


she'd probably be happier with an a10 or a8. as both would have far superior gpu abilities, and are much stronger cpus. You can build an APU system for about the same price.
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May 7, 2013 1:12:25 AM

hm that may be true but i feel like she won't even need it or utilize it as a matter of fact. i felt like the onboard hd3000 would more than suffice for her needs. its not like she'd be photoshopping or rendering graphics or anything. this is a 50+ year old lady ahahahah just using it for simple office tasks and maybe some tvshows/movies on the side. i know for a fact that the hd3000 can run 1080p pretty easily if its just movies no? just thought that 50-60 dollar investment wouldn't quite be fully taken advantage of.
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May 7, 2013 1:13:57 AM

of course i like to build to impress clients. figured if it was my mom, i'd want it to blow her socks off... and nothing will do that quite like an SSD and an APU. Especially if she's been working on a dinosaur

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($53.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk ReadyCache 32GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($47.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.55 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Pioneer BDC-207DBK Blu-Ray Reader, DVD/CD Writer ($37.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $403.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 04:13 EDT-0400)
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May 7, 2013 1:19:09 AM

go with A10-5800k it has way better integrated graphics otherwise the build is fine for office use
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May 7, 2013 2:58:26 AM

I'd go with a single larger SSD:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-3650 2.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($74.97 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($57.23 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Wintec One 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.28 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex Plus R2 240GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($159.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Antec VSK-3000 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $402.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-05-07 05:55 EDT-0400)

the Llano-based A6 is a bit older part, but plenty enough for your mother's needs, but the 240GB SSD is large enough for her to use as a main drive by itself, meaning less confusion with a separate storage drive.
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May 7, 2013 3:04:09 AM

120 gb ssd should be enough
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