APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE:As soon as I figure out what to get. BUDGET RANGE: around $500
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet usage, internet browser games (Mafia Wars on Facebook), viewing photos, listening to music, burning cds, dvds, etc...
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor speakers, OS (have Windows 7)
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: loyal to newegg.com
PARTS PREFERENCES: want parts with good reputations... no off-brands like Banana Joe RAM or whatever
OVERCLOCKING: Nah, not with this PC. It's not going to run anything worth OCing.
MONITOR RESOLUTION: probably 1024x768 if we are looking for a thrill
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This PC is for my mom. It's going to replace an almost decade old, busted up Dell that struggles to load Firefox. I think she'll be happy if her new PC can turn on in under 5 minutes. I recently built myself an i5 system, and she got jealous watching me be able to load my web browser in about 2 seconds after typing in my password to log in Windows. This will be her early Christmas present.
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Hmm i really think the onboard HD4200 shall serve her well but if u disagree there is always room for a HD4670/9600GT and still be within budget hehe
Onboard should be sufficient. I don't see her ever running a game that would require an additional card. How is the case for sound? I forgot to mention that a quiet case would be a plus.