Building computer for parents.

I am building a computer for my dad. His current computer is an AMD 2200 or something...i's like 6-7 yrs old.

I"m trying to stay relatively cheap. He's got some extra towers lying around that we can salvage parts from...such as disk drives and he took my power supply(cause the one he wants to replace crapped out on him).

Anyways, I don't really follow the cpu/gpu benchmarks and reviews unless i am upgrading my computer...then i'd keep track of it over time and wait til the newest stuff comes out. He wants a new computer pretty soon so i'm not able to fully research some things and it would be great if i could get some suggestions.

AMD or Intel? Would any of the cheap Intel processors (ie e5200/e6300 ect) be good for the price or should i just get a phenom 2 X3for $99? other words. I'm looking for best processor that is cheap, futureproof, and well worth the money. Would a phenom 2 x3 be an option as far as processor or would it be pretty much overkill? I believe all my dad does is look on the internet and does the occasional app every now and then. Or would a low price dual core be more efficient and make more sense?

any suggestions would be great. I haven't made an AMD machine yet, so i'm gonna leaning towards trying an amd are the Phenom 1s?
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  1. I belive a Phenom 1/2 X3 would be the best then just get some cheap memory, motherboard and graphics card. Could probably get a decent tripple-core pc for like 250 bucks.
  2. I would try to go with a Phenom II either the X2 550 (what I'd choose for that purpose) or an X3, and about 2GB or RAM will be a good amount. You can probably also make do with onboard graphics since it looks like it's never gonna get used for gaming.
  3. Go AMD and get a 780G motherboard, the onboard GPU should be more than he'll ever need if he doesn't game. I'd also recommend using a new hard drive for the OS, it'll make the computer feel a lot snappier than if you use a hard drive that is 6 years old. I would also say an Athlon X2 would be plenty for him, but by the sounds of how rarely he upgrades you might as well spend a little extra for the Phenom II X3 710.
  4. If you have *some* money to spend, I'd suggest these:

    Combo: $154.00 + $0.00 shipping - $20 MIR = $134.00
    AMD Phenom II X3 710 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Processor Model HDX710WFGIBOX - Retail
    Item #: N82E16819103648

    CORSAIR DOMINATOR 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TWIN2X4096-8500C5D - Retail
    Item #: N82E16820145214

    Combo: - $137.98 - 2x $10.00 MIR + $?.?? shipping

    ASUS EAH4670/DI/512M/A Radeon HD 4670 512MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Retail
    199146ASUS M4A78 Plus AM3/AM2+/AM2 AMD 770 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Whole deal ends up being right at $300.00 for me. Would be different for you cause of shipping.

    Now if you have very limited funds, I suggest these:

    MB+CPU Combo: = $129.98 + s/h

    AMD Athlon 64 X2 7750 Kuma 2.7GHz Socket AM2+ 95W Dual-Core black edition Processor Model AD775ZWCGHBOX - Retail
    BIOSTAR TA760G M2+ AM2+/AM2 AMD 760G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Memory: = $58.99 + $0.00 shipping - $25.00 MIR = 33.99

    Patriot Viper 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model PVS24G6400LLKN - Retail

    So you can get out of that with $163 setup which has built-in video.

    Oh, and for either setup don't forget the HSF and the thermal paste! : COOLER MASTER RR-CCH-L9U1-GP 92mm Hyper TX2 CPU Cooler - Retail
    Price: $26.99

    and get ya some AS5 thermal paste too...$8.95 :)

    So you can get out for about $200.

    Caveat: I did this in a rush at work may be flawed...if anyone sees a problem with it SHOUT :lol:
  5. I would also recommend the X3 710 + 780g need for video card...4gb of ram would be nice, but to be honest, 2gb would be need for aftermarket heatsink and thermalpaste since your dad wont be overclocking or anything...
  6. /facepalm

    Whatever you do, don't buy a dedicated graphics card, especially something as powerful as a 4670. Find a nice 780G board and a 45nm dual/tri core and youll be good to go. As said earlier, it may be advisable to get a new hard drive as well, considering that they have gotten much faster over the last 3-6 years.
  7. lol?
  8. ah thanks guys so much...i'm not really worried about gpu. I have a ati 800x just lying around that he could use...least it's something. I don't know what else i'd do with it.

    so a phenom 2 huh? Alrighty...i'll see what i can do...

    and jcknouse thanks for all the suggestions :)
  9.'s this look?

    i have a ati x800 that can be used as a gpu. I have a WD 75gb Raptor for hard drive ( i figure i don't need it anymore...would rather have a SSD)...and a 400w PS that i don't remember who made it.
  10. Fueurvn said:
    ah thanks guys so much...i'm not really worried about gpu. I have a ati 800x just lying around that he could use...least it's something. I don't know what else i'd do with it.

    so a phenom 2 huh? Alrighty...i'll see what i can do...

    and jcknouse thanks for all the suggestions :)

    No problemo. There's lots of good people here that give good advice. I started reading here years ago, and Tom's is an invaluable assets for anything PCs (although I wish they'd put more into updating their charts...hint hint Tom's lol)

    I just figured the 4670 would give him enough juice depending on what OS you put on there. Vista with Aero isn't exactly known to be resource-friendly :lol:

    But they're right...if you load Vista then turn Aero options off and make Vista look like KDE 3.5 (linux desktop) and you'll be set :)

    Good luck with that. Hope your dad enjoys it. (btw...I build my mom PCs every year or so. My dad won't touch a computer...just the TV remote :lol: )
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