APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next few days BUDGET RANGE: anywhere from 300-500, going over is no big deal
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: surfing the internet, watching dvd movies
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, os
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg w/ combo deals as well as amazon
PARTS PREFERENCES: she wants a nice looking case, also its important that the pc is quiet.
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: asus vh226 1920x1080
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: This is a build for my mother, its time for her to have a new one... shes been on a prebuilt for way too long and I would like to surprise her with a brand new computer built by her son.
She wont be using it for much aside from browsing internet, watching movies, and writing an occasional office document.
She has emphasized in the past the importance of a pc being able to play movies really well, I'm thinking a solid motherboard with integrated graphics and hd audio, however let me know if you think I would need to add a video card/sound card. I already have a nice widescreen monitor as well as some m-audio av-40 speakers for her. I also will be using an extra copy of windows 7 that I have.
Although I still have alot of questions.
is this enough ram for windows 7?
onboard video good enough?
processor fast enough?
psu big enough?
I'm considering going with the antec 300 as well because the 200 is kinda ugly, or maybe a spiffy micro atx case.
I really need help as far as what I need to upgrade here in order for the computer to meet all of her expectations.
I'm capable of overclocking as well so I went with the 240 regor instead of the 250, is that a mistake?
This build is almost exactly like a build I'm putting together for my aunt. I just ordered my parts yesterday.
The onboard GPU on the 785G motherboard is plenty for the intended use.
The 400W Antec PSU is also plenty for this build. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it doesn't come with a power cable. I've been building computers for a while now, so I have a box full of them, but it's something to keep in mind.
if it was windows xp i would say 2gb is enough, but for windows 7 i would go with 4gb. also you should go with ddr3 ram and mobo. ddr2 is on its way out and is going to be getting more expensive while its about the same price as ddr3 now. the motherboard i chose actually has a combo deal with the athlon ii 240 that gives you $15 off too. if you dont mind overclocking a bit definitely save the money and get the 240 imo
^he probably knows, i dont have personal experience with jetway, but i avoid ecs for similar reasons after going through 10! of the same model before getting one that would post. that said that old motherboard still works after 8 or 9 years but i probably wasted enough in gas returning it over and over to buy something nicer
Very nice build. Like I said, it's very similar to a build I'm doing for my aunt. In fact, the only changes are that I want with the Antec 200/Antec PSU combo and the Athlon II X2 250 combo. Everything else is exactly the same!