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Okay ALL, have another system to build need advice!

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November 14, 2006 2:59:06 AM

Hey everyone
Well after showing off my new system (that many in this forum have assisted me with) to my in-laws I got tasked with building one for the dreaded "Mother in-law"!!! Yes thats correct, you read it right. The ultimate test, should I build one that works or one that every time she hits the power on switch 115 v's shoot through her finger and out her glaring eye's!!! Seriously tho, the father in-law wants one built for her for an X-mas gift. A very inexoensive one based on an AMD 939 CPU platform. I built mine on around the E6600, so I know even less then before about an AMD set up. But this is what I have so far, and please remember this is a very very budget centered system mostly used for brought home work and some gaming. Please look at the following and give you recommendations.

XION XION _ Solaris XON-409 Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail

GIGABYTE GA-K8NF-9 Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 4X ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

3D Fuzion 3DFR66256X GeForce 6600 256MB 128-bit DDR PCI Express x16 Video Card - OEM

Rosewill RP500-2 ATX 2.01 500W Power Supply 115/230 V CSA, CB, TUV, FCC, UL - Retail

AMD Athlon 64 3500+ Venice 2.2GHz 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail

CORSAIR 512MB 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) System Specific Memory - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3160811AS 160GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM

LG Black 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 10X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE/ATAPI Super-Multi DVD Burner - OEM

Thanks for any help! :oops: 

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November 14, 2006 4:53:26 AM

Maybe upgrade to a 7600GT 256mb graphics card? They are $110 or so with rebate currently, so I would assume it isn't too much of a price jump from the 6600 and will be a better card.
November 14, 2006 6:10:39 AM

I highly recommend that you look at dell, hp, etc.... The inlaws get warranty, a number to call. Probably a usable PC to boot. You help them spend them wisely, kudos to you.

You don't have to spend every spare minute servicing their pc....

Just my 2p.....
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
November 14, 2006 12:23:53 PM

I looked at that case you chose and then looked back to make sure you were buying that for your mother-in-law. She might have different taste than mine, but that case is more like something I'd by for my nephew.

You didn't mention what your budget range was which is always helpful.

And I have to admit I agree with the others that recommend a pre-built Dell (or HP) system. For about $480 you can get an AMD system with 17" LCD that has a free upgrade to Vista. Depending on what games are involved you'd want to upgrade the video system.

On the whole I think your in-laws would consider the Dell a "quality" product based on the advertising they do. Even with the warranty and support through Dell they'll still be after you for tech support - so count on that.
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