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May 8, 2007 1:15:50 PM

Hi,

My grandparents have been using a PIII 450 for the last 8 years and it is (obviously) very slow, so I've decided they need a new one.

CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Socket AM2
Motherboard: Asus M2N-MX or Asus M2A-VM HDMI
RAM: 1 GB Kingston 667Mhz
DVD: LG GSA-H42 X18 DVD
HD: Westren Digital WD2500KS 250GB
Case+PSU: LC321BIGFAN BLACK MIDI ATX CASE WITH 25cm FAN 500W-20/24PIN

What do you think? any pointers? how about the MB?

Thanks

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May 8, 2007 1:59:16 PM

with 250gb ur grandpa can DL alot of pr0n

well the mobo is probably fine. its not for gaming or something no?
May 8, 2007 2:06:42 PM

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with 250gb ur grandpa can DL alot of pr0n

well the mobo is probably fine. its not for gaming or something no?


LOL :D 
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May 8, 2007 2:18:44 PM

I'd pick a mobo with integrated video and sound, assuming they intend to use the new computer for the same things they used to do with the old one.

If they're going to run Vista then I'd go with 2 GB of RAM.

Other crazy ideas: card reader (if they have a digital camera), TV tuner...
May 8, 2007 2:35:00 PM

thanks for the replays...
I guess the 250GB are too much :D 
Yes they will use it for web surfing mostly... (probably a lot of useless e-mails :D  )
I'm not planning on installing vista so I'll stay with the 1 GB ram.

which of this MB would you choose?
May 8, 2007 2:58:06 PM

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Update Rosewill R6422 BK ATX Mid Tower Computer Case+350W Power Supply - Retail
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Newegg.com

You don't need dual core for browsing the web... you can get an AMD 3000+ for under $25 at neweeg... you just need bright and shiney new parts really. Gramps can still check his mail and watch the pron with this set-up and it won't break your bank.

Load Xp home, a few codecs, VLC media player... viola!
May 8, 2007 3:39:47 PM

You decided they need something faster? How do your grandparents feel? Are they using using high speed internet or dial up?
May 8, 2007 3:47:34 PM

8O WHAT?!?!
No 8800GTX??
How will they get by on solitaire without one?!?
:p 
May 8, 2007 4:19:57 PM

joefriday:
They've got broadband internet connection. They are having problem with the computer, because it is so slow they keep pressing thing and then end up with 6 IE or open the same power point file 4 times...

geofelt
About the case I've just chosen one from the store I chose the specs from (I can't link it cause it's in Hebrew) but it just a standard ATX with a generic PSU. Maybe a smaller one would be a better choice though they've got a dedicated place on they're table. I'll check that, thanks.

PCAnalyst
the x2 3800 is only 80 NIS (~20$) more then the single core 3600 (and cheaper than the x2 3600 for some reason) and considering the fact that the next upgrade will be around 2015 I think I'll stay with it.
I can't seem to find ECS boards at any store here. Is there another board you would take (Asus, Gigabyte, Asrock, Foxconn or Abit)
May 8, 2007 4:34:18 PM

Quote:
8O WHAT?!?!
No 8800GTX??
How will they get by on solitaire without one?!?
:p 



Yeah, solitaire is completely unplayable at under 36,000 FPS.. and you won't be able to turn on Dynamic Card Glare either...
May 8, 2007 5:03:33 PM

Quote:
8O WHAT?!?!
No 8800GTX??
How will they get by on solitaire without one?!?
:p 



Yeah, solitaire is completely unplayable at under 36,000 FPS.. and you won't be able to turn on Dynamic Card Glare either...

You should get a better cpu it'll overload it! It has to deal with 4 suits of cards and if you wanna play spider solitaire your done for.
May 8, 2007 5:30:39 PM

hmm... it would be hard to find with onboard video and sound for that price... I will give it a look.
May 8, 2007 5:41:06 PM

by them a laptop instead.
a c 84 B Homebuilt system
May 8, 2007 11:14:28 PM

I'll bet it's slow because they have accumulated spyware, and/or a virus. You might consider windows live onecare. Download the 90 day trial to see if you like itl. I have used it, and it really is simple. If you need help, support is very good, and you get to talk to a real live person(in India). I use it, and I have had two issues resolved very nicely that way.
May 8, 2007 11:44:58 PM

I like the Asus M2NPV-VM in that catagory. If they ever want to upgrade to a LCD it has DVI already.
May 9, 2007 3:35:22 AM

you should install the Mozilla Firefox, some antivirus programs and show them how to use and update them,Internet Explorer sucks.
May 9, 2007 8:52:34 AM

I've installed AVG and several anti-spyware plus they've got firefox but it has problem with some sites that they visit often...

Thanks for all your help and suggestions.
Uri
May 9, 2007 1:56:21 PM

If they have issues with the sites they visit, maybe they should not visit those site.

Not all dangerous sites are obviously questionable in nature.
May 9, 2007 3:53:24 PM

Keep them out of those online casinos!! :lol:  If my grandma found one of those her bank account and computer would just burn up. LoL
May 9, 2007 5:11:35 PM

Get them a Dell or something. For $400, it is a more than enough machine for their needs. Save yourself the hassle, and some money.
May 9, 2007 5:55:57 PM

Thanks everybody! I've just bought them the computer. I've decided not to buy a bundled PC (what would be the equivalent to a dell) cause most of them over price and a lot of them will offer crappy P4 or Pentium D.

Thanks again for all the help
Uri
May 9, 2007 6:20:41 PM

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Do CircuitCity/BestBuy

$480...................
http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/178512/bundleId/101...



I think that's a great idea in this particular case. The computers there come cheaper than you can get by building yourself. They have disadvantages, especially about upgradability, but your grandparents won't know or care.
May 9, 2007 6:28:59 PM

Ugh... I hope you didn't get a case/PSU combo...

You're basically asking for that thing to crap out in a couple years and cause your grandparents problems.
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