New build for parents. Need help
Hi. I am going to build a new computer for my parents. They have given me a budget of £350 or around $700. However stuff over here in England costs a lot more so its likely got to be less than $700. All i need to buy is the tower. Already have a decent monitor and keyboard/mouse. No need to include the OS in the total cost. They would like it capable of running vista home premium. Wondering if you guys could suggest some builds that would be suitable for that.
It was a lil hard , but here :
CPU : Intel Core 2 Duo E2140 "LGA775 Conroe" 1.60GHz (800FSB)
MotherBoard : Abit IP35-E (Socket 775) PCI-Express DDR2 Motherboard
RAM : Crucial 2GB (2x1GB) DDR2 PC2-5300C5 Dual Channel Kit
HDD:Western Digital Caviar Special Edition 160GB 1600AAJS SATA-II 8MB Cache
Optical Drive : LiteON DH-20A3P-12C 20x DVD±RW x12 Ram Dual Layer DVD-Writer (Black)
VGA : Asus GeForce EN7600GS Silent HTD 256MB DDR2 HDTV/DVI
Case : CoolerMaster Praetorian 731
PSU : Antec NeoHE 430W Modular ATX2.0 PSU
Total : £358.28
Looks nice. Some things I would change:
1. The PSU is an overkill. You'll be fine with the Antec EarthWatts 430W or even the 370W version
2. This case has 4 80mm fans which seems to me will be very loud. I would go for something with 2x120mm like the Gigabyte GZ-X1 (or if you want to put some more money into it you got the Gigabyte Triton or some nice ones from Thermaltake)
3. If you aren't gonna do any gaming you can remove the 7600 and change the MB to one with chipset g33 which has a built-in GPU.
My parents play Winnie-the-Pooh games with their grandkids .
Seriously, I built a rig for my Mom recently for about $700. It used a e4300 CPU and only 1GB of RAM, and a Biostar mobo with integrated graphics. Newegg listings would apparently be of no value to the OP, so I've left it off. Looks like plenty of useful replies from other UK members though.
Your parents may be good candidates for a pre-built though (with warrantee). Is that an option for you?
The 380W version has 27A on the 12V rail which is enough for a better processor (I believe even quad core) and a 8800GTS (tough it's a bit borderline)
The 430W will have no problems (it has 30A).
The thing is the NeoHE is modular if you care for that, and has more power.
As for prices:
Antec EarthWatts 380W - £25.99 (£30.54 inc VAT)
Antec EarthWatts 430W PSU - £35.99 (£42.29 inc VAT)
Antec NeoHE 430W - £44.99 (£52.86 inc VAT)
There is also: Enermax Liberty 400W which has the same amps as the EW430 and is modular - £39.99 (£46.99 inc VAT)
All the prices are from the same site he used (I don't know any UK sites) - also the choices are restricted to that site... (if you are not going to put one of the power hungry graphic cards the 370W should be fine...)
As for the case I would suggest you just look around and what you like, and then read a review or too about the cooling and the noise level...
I have noticed that on eBay people have set up VAT registered companies to sell their own computers that they have put together themselves.
For around the same price as the computer described above you can get a better spec computer on eBay.
I'm aware that the parts they will use in those computers will not be as good as the parts i would choose myself but how much of a difference will it actually make. For example for the same price i can get a computer with everything described the same apart from 400GB HDD and an e6750