Well, my mother has been left behind in the dust as technology advances and has been looking into buying a computer. She was looking to buy from HP, Dell, or Gateway but I suggested letting me build her computer. She was hesitant at first but she's letting me go through with it. Now at first she told me she wanted a high quality computer, top of the line performance, can play any movie and so on. Now I know she doesn't now hot to utilize a computer to its full effect, so for now I'm just going for a rig that will let her watch TV, email, watch movies (Blu-Ray), and most importantly listen to music. Here is what I have right now.
A motherboard. Intel preferred. I'm looking for a motherboard that can support 45nm architecture. No need for overclocking or anything. Something that gets the job done.
RAM, I'm still debating if I should go with Vista 32 or 64, both are the same price but if I do go with 64 won't 2GB slow the system down? Main reason why I haven't chosen RAM yet is because I'm kind of confused with the timing, and what would be a better value for a media computer.
CPU, planning on buying an e5200 but I dunno if it is worth the wait so I might just go with an e7200...
Other than that can I get some comments on how it looks? Main concern is the speakers. Mother's deskspace isn't large and she absolutely HATES wires. Other concerns, how does a 22' inch LCD look from about 10 feet away while eye level is about 1 ft above the middle of the screen. I have a 26' myself and it looks great watching movies and TV while laying on my bed. Also need a good multimedia remote to top things off. Also, this computer most likely won't need to be upgraded as I said, its just movies, music, internet, so is there anyway I can save more money? Is the 9600 GT overkill for Blu-Ray? Should I buy an Antec w/ 380W and get an 8600GT? Is 500GB overkill considering most of the music will be transferred from my father's HD and he only has about 80G of music? I'd like to keep everything under 1,000 USD if possible. Thank you .
2GB of 800Mhz RAM is enough. Go ahead and get 4 though because it's cheap and she won't load down the system with junk in the system tray quite as fast. No reason to not get Vista 64 Premium, it will work well for this.
I know you said you wanted to go with Intel, but having read this article, I'd ask you to rethink it. The 780G chipset with it's onboard HD3200 GPU; paired with an X2 BE-2350 CPU is more than sufficient to play Blu-Ray discs. Give the article a read through and give it some thought.
As you can see on page three of the article, while playing a blu-ray disc, memory usage is still under 1 GB, so you should be just fine with 2GB of RAM and Vista Home Premium.
Concerning the speakers, I actually have the X-530s and I love them. They give great sound, but even in a small bedroom, they can't give you that "whole room" sound quality. Since Mom doesn't like wires, I don't think she'd even consider the surround speakers, but even in a 2.1 configuration, they do sound good.
Personally, I would think the 22" monitor would be too small from 10' away, but my mother seems to think her old 19" TV is just fine for her. If she has the space (and you have the money), look into getting her a 26" LCD TV.
Of course, if she's going to watch TV, she's going to need a TV Tuner card, so I might recommend this one which comes with a remote.
Just some food for thought.
That's just too weird! I also have the speaker set Proximon suggests (bedroom media center) and yes. They do give good sound as well.