For Mother's Day coming up in May, I was thinking about building my Mom a new PC that she can use at home primarily for work and researching. Right now, she is working with a really old machine, and even though she is convinced it is fine. The computer's basic specs are:
- Intel Pentium III @ 850 MHz
- 512 MB SDRAM
- 32 MB of Integrated Graphics
- 40 GB IDE Hard Drive
- Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit
So, its really weak, honestly, and I'd like to make her life a bit easier with a faster computer to work with. However, I only have a budget of about $500-600. So, after a couple hours of intense research, I thought I came up with a reasonable system. Can any of you give me there opinions about the build? I am sure cuts can be made, but I haven't really ever built a budget system, so your help is appreciated. Thanks.
I looked at my board I saw that it had a 780G Chipset with Radeon HD 3200, so I am guessing that would be enough. Besides, I believe that you can run pretty high end applications with that, with no problem.
As for the case, i think I will stay with the LANBOX, because I would like to have a fairly small case, with a particular style to match other equipment, and because I like Thermaltake. No offense to your choice, of course.
Right, so if I downgrade the RAM to maybe 2 GB which I am not completly sure about yet, should I also downgrade to Vista 32-bit which is slightly cheaper?
Additionally, by saving some money from removing and adjusting some of my selections, should I look into purchasing a a higher end CPU, say a Phenom 9850?
The 9850 is supposed to be one of the best processors from AMD and a good value.
I am just wondering: In your opinion, or anyone else... Would it be a better idea to go with one of AMDs best dual core processors- the AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Black Edition (which is now $70), and get an Artic Cooling AC-Freezer XTREME heatsink ($40) and overclock it to about 3.5 GHz+? Or should I purchase a AMD Phenom 9850 and use the stock heatsink (non-OC)?
Thanks again for the responses. Greatly appreciated.
P.S. Thanks for the RAM suggestion. I am going to try to find some G.skill RAM for DDR2 1066. They all seem to be good values.
Another P.S. Okay. I thought I would use 1066 RAM before but seeing that I am using a rather cheap motherboard, I am not sure how comfortable I am with boosting up my RAM a couple volts. If I am going to be overclocking the CPU as well, well I do not know what would happen. I might use 800. I do not know, still looking over it.
I would go with the Phenom. Considering your mom is still using a PIII it sounds like she won't replace the computer for quite some time. The quad would give longer lasting performance if she ends up getting apps that take advantage of a quad.