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December 28, 2008 1:17:54 PM

Building parents new comp because they are complaining about how my other computer is so slow. (was first build like 4 years ago) They pretty much do like excel and word documents (heavy data documents) Just need to make sure this will be nice a fast and cheap for them. I am going to salvage the 160gb HD from it and the tower.

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail

ASUS P5KPL-AM/PS LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM


Help with better ones or cheap stuff would be great, but dont want it to be to cheap cause dont want to hear my parents complaining the new one is slow too.

Thanks for all the help.

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December 28, 2008 3:12:11 PM

You don't need a separate video card for office apps.

In fact, there is nothing wrong with an AMD build for this sort of thing, although what you have there is fine too.

Just get a G43 board:
http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
That's enough GPU power to play simple games and watch movies as well. Newer chipset will support Wolfdale more likely out of the box without a BIOS update.

December 28, 2008 3:50:04 PM

+1 for using the onboard video. Good choice for parents.

Your parents will love it.
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December 28, 2008 5:29:06 PM

-1 for onboard video

Install a very basic gfx card . If nothing else the system will be snappier because system ram isnt being used by gfx . You will also get better drivers with more adjustment . A 9500 gt is over kill though .

I'd be looking at triple core phenoms and a 780 g board for a build like this if they were cheaper than the intel option.
December 28, 2008 6:23:09 PM

that motherboard the G43 is gonna cost almost the same as the one i have and the GFX card put together
December 28, 2008 6:26:34 PM

laserpp said:
Building parents new comp because they are complaining about how my other computer is so slow. (was first build like 4 years ago) They pretty much do like excel and word documents (heavy data documents) Just need to make sure this will be nice a fast and cheap for them. I am going to salvage the 160gb HD from it and the tower.

Intel Pentium E5200 Wolfdale 2.5GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80571E5200 - Retail

ASUS P5KPL-AM/PS LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard - Retail

G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-2GBNQ - Retail

EVGA 512-P3-N954-TR GeForce 9500 GT 512MB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail

SAMSUNG 22X DVD±R DVD Burner with LightScribe Black SATA Model SH-S223Q - OEM


Help with better ones or cheap stuff would be great, but dont want it to be to cheap cause dont want to hear my parents complaining the new one is slow too.

Thanks for all the help.


I guess you will be running Vista. If so, I would suggest 4GB memory instead, as 2GB with Vista and office will suck with larger documents.

Instead of the asus, look for a Gigabit mainboard. I am on the lookout of a new PC as well, and while reading up articles, I found that this is a highly regarded mainboard brand and in general cheaper then Asus.

Go for a new seagate harddisk, as money wise it makes no sense using the old one. ALso, for document use, I would expect that a old disk will only slow down your system.

I agree with outlander, if no gaming is done, take a simple VGA card. Just take the cheapest you can find, given the availible slot on your mainboard and the required connector types. As gaming is not used on this computer, more expensive cards is a waist of money.

Might also be a good idea to go for a new PSU, and keep your old case (although that wont safe that much).

Good luck
December 28, 2008 6:35:07 PM

I am going to just put xp back on it, since that's what they are use to
December 28, 2008 7:45:22 PM

laserpp said:
I am going to just put xp back on it, since that's what they are use to


In that case the 2GB is more then sufficient. Please note the other recommedations as well.
December 28, 2008 8:09:18 PM

ok so i added this HD and changed the GFX card

EVGA 256-P2-N429-LR GeForce 7200GS 256MB 64-bit GDDR2 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail

Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 ST3250410AS 250GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive - OEM
December 28, 2008 8:11:26 PM

Foxxcon 780G mobo, 5 eggs $67 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD phenom dual core, $75 free shipping
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Or if you like the triple core idea $97 shiopped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston value ram 2gigs $24 shipped
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

That mobo will take care of the sound, video and network. This should keep them happy for a few more years.
December 28, 2008 8:16:38 PM

If you want an add in card, that 7200gs is extremely underpowered.
You could look for an HD4670 in the sub $100 price range, although the onboard video for the 780G motherboard is pretty good.
December 28, 2008 8:27:46 PM

I think that will be a nice budget build that they could even enjoy movies on.
December 28, 2008 8:32:20 PM

ok kool thanks for the help
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