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May 14, 2007 2:39:53 AM

Hey people,

I'm building a non-gaming PC for my aunt. I don't really have a budget, but I don't see a need in spending excess money if the performance gain is small or unnecessary. She'll probably be doing basic stuff like Office, email, movies, SPSS, web surfing etc.

Anyway, here it goes:

Processor-e4300 $115
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Motherboard-Gigabyte ds3-$100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Memory-Corsair 2x1GB DDR667-80$ (will be in stock on the 18th)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply-Forton 450W-$60
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Video Card- eVGA 7300GT-$65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive- Seagate 250GB-$70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Optical Drive- Samsung DVD Burner-$30
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Case- Some Rosewill case-$45
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HSF- Arcticle Cooling Freezer 7 Pro-$35
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Total without shipping - $603.42

I plan to do light OC'ing. I'll probably just leave it at 266x9 (2.4ghz) for a while until it starts to get outdated, at which point I'll probably do some heavier OC'ing (3ghz hopefully). So far, I think it looks pretty solid. My main concerns are as follows:

Power Supply: I'd like to keep it cheap and all, but reliability is my biggest priority. I know FSP is a good brand, but should I be picking a different PSU?

Case: I picked it because it seems like it has decent airflow, and the reviews are solid. I'm completely open to suggestions on this one. Also, I don't think she'll want bright LED's or clear sides, even if they do look spiffy...

HSF: For 35 bucks it looks pretty solid, but I'm unsure. Is there anything in the price range that is better?

Video Card: Some of the reviews called the fan cheap, saying that it failed after time. However, I'm not very concerned, since eVGA's warranties are supposed to be very good. Fanless would've been nice.

All in all, I think it looks pretty good for the price. But, if anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks

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May 14, 2007 2:46:00 AM

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Hey people,

I'm building a non-gaming PC for my aunt. She didn't tell me the budget yet, but I don't think it will be less than $800. She'll probably be doing basic stuff like Office, email, movies, SPSS, web surfing etc.

Anyway, here it goes:

Processor-e4300 $115

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Motherboard-Gigabyte ds3-$100

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Memory-Corsair 2x1GB DDR667-80$ (will be in stock on the 18th)

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Power Supply-Forton 450W-$60

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Video Card- eVGA 7300GT-$65

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

Hard Drive- Seagate 250GB-$70

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Optical Drive- Samsung DVD Burner-$30

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1682...

Case- Some Rosewill case-$45

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1681...

HSF- Arcticle Cooling Freezer 7 Pro-$35

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?item=N82E1683...

Total without shipping - $603.42

I plan to do light OC'ing. I'll probably just leave it at 266x9 (2.4ghz) for a while until it starts to get outdated, at which point I'll probably do some heavier OC'ing (3ghz hopefully). So far, I think it looks pretty solid. My main concerns are as follows:

Power Supply: I'd like to keep it cheap and all, but reliability is my biggest priority. I know FSP is a good brand, but should I be picking a different PSU?

Case: I picked it because it seems like it has decent airflow, and the reviews are solid, but I'm completely open to suggestions on this one. Also, I don't think she'll want bright LED's or clear sides, even if they do look spiffy..

HSF: For 35 bucks it looks pretty solid, but I'm unsure. Is there anything in the price range that is better?

Video Card: Some of the reviews called the fan cheap, saying that it failed after time. However, I'm not very concerned, since eVGA's warranties are supposed to be very good. Fanless would've been nice.

All in all, it looks decent for its price. But, if anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks



all is very good.

I would go with one of the Coolermaster Centurion cases though for $50. Particularly the http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

PSU is excellent, I have a friend w/ one.
You might want to get a SATA dvd burner either from Samsung, Sony, or LiteOn. Should give better airflow.

A little much for just surfing the net though. I would definitely get this ram instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

have had VERY good experiences with Kingston value ram, and all their products
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2007 3:18:41 AM

Are you going to install XP or Vista? If your going with XP, you could get by with 1 gig of RAM, but you would definately want to stick to 2 gig's if you are installing VISTA. Not sure about the after market cooler, so someone else can help you there. I used Zalman coolers on the dreaded P4 Prescott series and was happy with them, but they are sometimes a little spendy. Other than that, everything looks good.

My 2cp's
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May 14, 2007 3:39:29 AM

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Are you going to install XP or Vista? If your going with XP, you could get by with 1 gig of RAM, but you would definately want to stick to 2 gig's if you are installing VISTA. Not sure about the after market cooler, so someone else can help you there. I used Zalman coolers on the dreaded P4 Prescott series and was happy with them, but they are sometimes a little spendy. Other than that, everything looks good.

My 2cp's

I'd go 2 gig regardless of O/S. For a $600 system already estimated for 2gig of memory, I see no reason to save and only go 1 gig. 2gig for $80 is pretty cheap. And even if the user is a moderate user, there's no reason to scrape by on 1 gig
a b B Homebuilt system
a b 4 Gaming
May 14, 2007 8:32:05 AM

Quote:
Are you going to install XP or Vista? If your going with XP, you could get by with 1 gig of RAM, but you would definately want to stick to 2 gig's if you are installing VISTA. Not sure about the after market cooler, so someone else can help you there. I used Zalman coolers on the dreaded P4 Prescott series and was happy with them, but they are sometimes a little spendy. Other than that, everything looks good.

My 2cp's

I'd go 2 gig regardless of O/S. For a $600 system already estimated for 2gig of memory, I see no reason to save and only go 1 gig. 2gig for $80 is pretty cheap. And even if the user is a moderate user, there's no reason to scrape by on 1 gig

Yeah I see your point. I just was saying if the budget is real tight that 1 gig for XP would be fine, not that 2 wouldn't be better, but that the $35 or so difference can make/break some budgets.
May 14, 2007 9:08:42 AM

I normally recommend to people asking this kind of question that they take their relative to the nearest box store and help them get a good, supported system that will fit their needs. Take it to her house, plug it in and then run. First call you get 'how do I...' give her the support number.
May 14, 2007 9:40:32 AM

Check www.zipzoomfly.com some prices are better than newegg and most everything has free shipping.
System looks good BTW.

WOOT 100th POST! :D 
May 14, 2007 9:47:44 AM

I did that with my inlaws...................................................................
....................................................................It didn't work. :( 
May 14, 2007 10:13:20 AM

Got a good divorce lawyer???????
May 14, 2007 10:32:17 AM

No offense but you (and everyone except for Croc on this thread) are going about helping your aunt all wrong. The #1 rule in choosing the right PC is looking at what it is going to be used for. In the case of your aunt, you said this:

Quote:
She'll probably be doing basic stuff like Office, email, movies, SPSS, web surfing etc.


So what she needs is a "simple" system that can run office and surf the net with. Basically any budget system (yes any) will do. This is because even the cheapest of budget systems can run office and internet with no problems

Based on my evalution on what she needs, here is my honest advice: Don't build her a PC. A nice pre-built computer is more than reliable enough to do the job for her. Not only that you won't have to forever be her Tech department. And if anything goes wrong with her computer it has a warranty and it can get fixed or replaced.

Lets look at the alternative where you build her a computer, you Overclock it, and something does go wrong? You will be blamed and will have to shell out more $$ to fix it. Not a situation I would want to be in. That's basically Croc's advice right there. Anyways why would you want to OC the computer in the first place. Isn't that making the computer less reliable?
May 14, 2007 2:09:41 PM

billdcat4: Yeah, that case looks pretty solid. I'll check it out. I'll definitely stick with the Corsair memory; better price, better latencies, heatspreader. Hmm, maybe I'll get the SATA Burner for myself, and giver her my IDE Burner. :twisted:

lunyone/TomWaddle: I'm sticking with 2GB of memory. Going with 1GB wouldn't save enough money to make it worthwhile.

Gh0stDrag0n: Good idea, I'll do that.

Croc/commanderspockep: Yeah, I'll definitely look into getting the pre-made box, but unless I find some excellent deal, it won't be happening. I end up fixing the computer when it breaks anyway, so I'd rather have the components that I(and you THG people) select in the box instead of what Dell or Best Buy would be putting in. You did bring up my greatest fear though: getting blamed when it breaks. I'll try searching for some coupon codes though; they usually rock. What would be a good website for them? slickdeals.net?


Anyway, thanks for the replies.
May 14, 2007 2:54:13 PM

The ACF7P is overpriced on Newegg. Get it from eWiz for $22 shipped
http://www.ewiz.com/category.php?categry=133

Also, I'd get a different video card. Most of the Newegg reviews say the fan is really Loud. You should look into something with a fanless design since this is a non-gaming pc.
May 14, 2007 3:39:36 PM

That's overkill for your Aunt. For that price you could build a nice ITX system that she would probably like a lot more.
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