Hello, my cousin fell in love with my new gaming system, and asked me to build her a new system. My problem is an odd one though, everything I have ever built I wanted the biggest, the baddest, and the best! This is not what she needs (or can afford). I want to build her the best computer for her money, but make goldilock's porridge just right, So I figured I would turn to the pro's at Toms (BTW the ultimate gamig system you guys helped me build a couple of months ago is incredible SSD's rock). A little about my cousin, she is a stay at home mom, who spends a lot of time on facebook and surfing the net. She does a lot of video editing from her digital video camera, Loves her music, burning CD's and likes to play games like the Sims, and Roller coaster tycoon. Heaviest thing she might play is WOW.
APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:This week.
BUDGET RANGE: $600-800 Before Rebates
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, Home video editing, Games,watching movies.
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, speakers, OS
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Only the EGG (I am a loyalist)
PARTS PREFERENCES: 18 to 20 inch LCD, much prefer nvidia Graphics, Antec EarthWatts EA650 650W.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: What do you reccomend?
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Odd request from my cousin, She does not want neons or lots of "bling" because she does not want her toddler to be attracted to it. It does need to "look nice" and fairly quiet as it sits in the living room. Oh and she wants to keep running windows XP.
Thank You in advance for your advice, I really want her to say WOW this system is awesome I can't believe you built it for under $800.00 (anything over $700.00 I will be donating).
CASE + PSU - Why do you want the 650W ? This 500W is more than enough for any single chip graphics card out there...It can even run GTX 275 easy(Maybe even the GTX 285)...
Antec Sonata III 500 Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 500W Power Supply http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A couple of ideas.
CPU - The Phenom II X3 720 is a good choice. Also look at the new 4-core Athlon 2, the x4 620. A lot of bang for about 100.
If you go with the DDR2 memory version of motherboard, it saves a few dollars. The difference in speed is slight. One option could be the GIGABYTE GA-MA785GM-US2H at 80.
Low-key cases - Cooler Master Centurion 5 - there are a couple of versions OR Antec 200. There is a micro-ATX version of the Centurion if you want to build with a mATX motherboard. Both are low on flashy lights and gadgets but are solid and classy in a cool way. Both are in the 50 area.
Hope this helps!
Might also want to consider a case with a front door that snaps shut that would keep 'little fingers' out.
Sorry it took so long for me to post, I got sick right after I built the compter. She Loves the computer though, many kudos too Gkay! Easy to build, and runs very well with no issues yet! I wish it would have been feasible on a budget pc to use an SSD drive though. After using one in my personal computer I have found that nothing else compares, So to anyone reading this, if you can afford to increase your budget, it is very much worth the extra expense!