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Just looking to build something for my parents...

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December 22, 2009 8:31:05 PM


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,

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, 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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December 22, 2009 8:52:53 PM

hm.......the first option is all great exept you do not need SLI motherboard.
i say go for second option
a b B Homebuilt system
December 22, 2009 9:10:26 PM

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

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a c 103 B Homebuilt system
December 22, 2009 10:21:01 PM

To save you a headache in the future I suggest Dell or HP unless there is going to be gaming involved.
December 23, 2009 12:08:42 AM

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.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2009 12:49:36 AM

I vote for obsidian's build. It's pretty impossible to get what you can build prebuilt.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2009 2:16:53 AM

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.
December 23, 2009 2:18:00 AM

Or I can could just keep that and stick to the DDR2, I think it would be more than fine.
a b B Homebuilt system
December 23, 2009 2:19:34 AM

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.
December 30, 2009 7:35:30 AM

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.