Just looking to build something for my parents...


So my parents are looking for a new computer, they obviously don't need anything ridiculous in terms of performance. Though, they would like something that's going to last. 500-600$ is very reasonable for them considering the last time they bought pc's they were well over 1000$.

I'm seeing this on Tigerdirect.ca, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5574116&CatId=333

Seems to have everything they'd need, most I'd have to add is a a case fan or two, but even that, they wouldn't be playing games.


Thanks in advance.

The other option is this, http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5205487&CatId=333 no power supply, but I have an extra one laying around that's brand new, in fact, I think it's the same PSU from the first link.
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  1. hm.......the first option is all great exept you do not need SLI motherboard.
    i say go for second option
  2. since they wont be gaming how bout this

    Corsair CX400W Power Supply(or scratch this and use the psu you got)


    Ultra X-Blaster Black ATX Mid-Tower Case


    Asus M4A785-M Motherboard - AMD 785G Socket, AM3, MicroATX, HDMI, USB 2.0, PCIe


    AMD Athlon II X3 425 Triple Core Processor - 2.70GHz, Socket AM3, 1.5MB Cache, Retail w/ Fan


    LG GH22NS50AUAU DVD Writer - DVD+R 22x, DVD+RW 8X, DVD-RW 6x, DVD-RAM 12x, SATA


    Corsair XMS3 TW3X4G1333C9AG 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 RAM


    Western Digital WD5000AAKS Caviar Blue Hard Drive - 500GB, 7200rpm, 16MB,


    the onboard graphics is quite decent but it has more cpu muscle and a better upgrade path

  3. To save you a headache in the future I suggest Dell or HP unless there is going to be gaming involved.
  4. Ya, I'm looking at some stores around here, my only issue with most pc's from Dell, HP, etc is if you ever want to change something out or upgrade it's a serious pain in the ass. The cases are always far too small. They currently have an HP, and just changing the ram in the thing you had to lose a finger or two.
  5. I vote for obsidian's build. It's pretty impossible to get what you can build prebuilt.
  6. Can that motherboard handle DDR3 ram though? Cause there's this for 100 bucks http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3228139&Sku=C13-6082, so I'd knock off a bit more.
  7. Dang, it's a DDR2. You could find a similar DDR3 mobo more than likely and keep the rest I bet. Just look for 770, 785 or any 790 chipsets are what you're after.
  8. Or I can could just keep that and stick to the DDR2, I think it would be more than fine.
  9. Sure, whichever way you want to grin. If they arent likely to change it for the next 4-5 years then you'd have to get a new mobo and possibly type of RAM anyway so it doesn't make that much of a difference.
  10. sorry i could have sworn that ram was $84 but here is a replacement

  11. So I've basically gone most with Obsidian's build minus the PSU and DVD-R as we already have that. Anyhow, with tax, shipping, it comes to 606$ with Windows included in that.

    Does anyone know what kind of parts they put in Future shop/ Best Buy pc's? For about the same price, or less, the specs are generally higher. Of course, their website offers 0 information as to what the product actually is. This for example:

    Processor's a touch slower, but more ram, more hard drive space, but is the quality that much worse? Any other horrid downfalls or am I better off doing like Rolli said and just go with HP/Dell from one of these places?

    Edit: I realize that price is for a refurbished, and that new, the price goes up significantly, and the build would probably win out.
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