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Computer for Mom - Zino HD?

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April 12, 2010 1:37:00 AM



Hi there, I wonder if I can get some advice on a computer for mom. I live 500 miles away and will be in town soon for just a couple of days to set up whatever I get. I have built many systems before, but I'm very tempted to go with a Dell Zino HD just in case of DOA, as I won't be back in town for a couple months.

Currently, she has an ASRock I built 3 years ago with a celeron/1gb/40gb. She just uses it for mom/grandma kinds of things: internet/word/videos/photos(lots). The case is about to eat it, so really the whole thing has to go.

Given the current trend, it looks like consumer computers are getting away from towers and into All-in-one's and mini's. I'd like to go that way if I can, because smaller is better for her work area.

We are trying to stay close to $500. I'm open to a tower build if I can do it for under $350 and get significant performance. Otherwise, I like the idea of going smaller or all-in-one.


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April 12, 2010 2:01:31 AM

For a prebuilt around $500 will net you a dual core, which is more than enough for you mom's needs. I would go with an amd athlon II which would be a tower, but its graphics would be more powerful than intel's.
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April 12, 2010 3:07:54 PM

You should really build your own.
Prebuild PC's are rubbish, and you could also get a DOA-prebuild pc...

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition Callisto 3.2GHz 2 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 80W Dual-Core Desktop Processor - C3 Revision - Retail
$100.99
^Best dual core around. Got L3-cache. Perhaps you'll be able to unlock the other two cores. Also overclockable (black edition ftw). Best CPU for ~100!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS M4A89GTD PRO AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
$139.99
^perhaps not the cheapest motherboard, but its really great. USB 3.0 and great overclock capacity. A really future-proof board.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMX4GX3M2A1600C9 - Retail
$119.99
^Just GREAT memory, nuff said.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Western Digital Caviar Blue WD10EALS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$89.99
^Solid performance drive with more storage capacity then your mum wil ever need :D 

^Total $450,-

Add a case of your choise (idk what style your mum likes, prolly some casual no-nonsense case but w/e) and a psu. Also add an optical drive. This build uses an onboard graphics, and those are fine for some general computing. However, the onboard card will bottleneck while watching movies/gaming on the pc. Perhaps you should add a graphics card. This one for example:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
ASUS EAH4670/DI/1GD3/V2 Radeon HD 4670 1GB 128-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card - Retail
$79.99
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April 13, 2010 3:54:25 AM

Personally I'm a fan of the samasung f3's which are faster and cost the same.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also add $100 for the os.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

It's always better to build it yourself, but if you are really worried about the space or really don't have the time to build it and set everything up before you leave then go for a prebuilt. You will always get more for your money by building it yourself.
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