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PC for Father

Approximate purchase date: This month

Budget range: 700-1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, Photoshop, Quickbooks (No Gaming)

Parts not required: Monitors

Preferred website for parts: newegg, microcenter, compusa

Country of Origin: USA

Parts preference: Open to all

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1280 x 1024 (2)

Possibly might buy a newer monitor like a 23" 1920x1080


This system will need everything OS and Office

I was thinking either i3-540 or X3 445 (CPU)
I was thinking of just using the integrated graphics

F3 1TB HDD (He has a lot of data around 400GB right now)

wasn't sure if I should get 4(2x2GB) or 8GB(2x4GB) of RAM
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  1. For what you are describing, your father really does't need a beast of a machine. Do you really want to build? If not, may pre-builts, like those from both Dell and HP would serve these needs with minimal fuss and would fit nicely into your budget. 4GB memory and 1TB drives are all over the place these days. An example from newegg would be (this one has 8GB memory!):

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883147173

    Of course, you can build the equivalent system and save a couple bucks, but you will the tech support. The HP will give your dad a support system with HP. Your call, you can't go wrong either way.

    Good luck!
  2. The main issue with brand computers are they dont include Office and the warrantys are pretty bad unless you spend another $189+

    Buying the parts you get a manufacture 2-3yr

    I don't mind being his tech support since I have for 15yrs now.
  3. Understood, I am tech support for my entire family and the folks that work for me in my office.

    Here is a starting point for you to consider:

    Qty.Product DescriptionSavingsTotal Price
    1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    Item #:N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy$99.99
    1G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231180
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy$81.99
    1Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822136284
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$8.00 Instant
    $87.99
    $79.99
    1Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
    Item #:N82E16832116856
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy-$28.00 Instant
    $149.99
    $121.99
    1Logitech M100 Black Wired Mouse
    Item #:N82E16826104365
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$12.99
    1GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813128451
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$78.99
    1Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817153114
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $74.99
    $69.99
    1Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
    Item #:N82E16811133094
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $5.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $49.99
    $44.99
    1ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
    Item #:N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$19.99
    1AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
    Item #:N82E16819103650
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy-$10.00 Instant
    $125.99
    $115.99
    1SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 100292DDR3L Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814102882
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $64.99
    $59.99
    1Logitech Black Wired Keyboard
    Item #:N82E16823126096
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$14.99
    1ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
    Item #:N82E16824236074
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy-$30.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $199.99
    $169.99
    Grand Total:$971.87

    Includes the 23" monitor and Win7/Office. With shipping just under $1k (to my zip code)


    If you have any questions, please use our LiveChat function or visit our Contact Us Page.

    PM me your e-mail address and I'll forward you the shopping cart directly.


  4. went with 2tb space promo code on the hhd's
    lowish graphics card to power a few monitors if needed

    the rest is up to you
  5. Best answer
    Processor/Motherboard combo:
    Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
    GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.523523
    $211.99

    RAM:
    G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) 10600CL8D-4GBHK
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231180
    $81.99 @ NewEgg.com

    Hard Drive:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB 7200 RPM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185
    $74.99 @ NewEgg.com

    Power Supply:
    SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W 80 PLUS BRONZE OEM
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] 6817151086
    $39.99 @ NewEgg.com

    DVD Burner:
    LITE-ON iHAS124-04 SATA CD/DVD Burner
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289
    $16.99 @ NewEgg.com

    Case/Operating System combo:
    LIAN LI PC-Q07 Black Aluminum Mini-ITX Tower Computer Case
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.437504.11-112-227
    $149.98 @ NewEgg.com

    Total: $575.93 + taxes & shipping

    I built something very similar for my father-in-law except with a e3300/G41 processor/motherboard. He loves it. He especially loves the small form factor. At the time his build was about $125 cheaper than this but he was looking to do a bit less with it than your father (no Photoshop).
  6. thank you everyone. This is great info.

    My choices were almost dead on with you guys. I was not sure about the CPU/MB/ or graphics section.

    Does anyone know if you can support dual monitors with the i3 on chip graphics or integrated graphics with the AMD boards?
  7. Quote:
    Processor/Motherboard combo:
    Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
    GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.523523
    $211.99


    I like this but it wouldn't work since I wouldn't be able to add a pci wireless network card. I would do a usb network card but have not had the best of luck with them.
  8. Quote:
    Here is a starting point for you to consider:


    COLGeek this is a great starting point. Thanks for the help.
  9. COLGeek said:
    Understood, I am tech support for my entire family and the folks that work for me in my office.

    Here is a starting point for you to consider:

    Qty.Product DescriptionSavingsTotal Price
    1Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 1-Pack for System Builders
    Item #:N82E16832116754
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy$99.99
    1G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory
    Item #:N82E16820231180
    Return Policy: Memory Standard Return Policy$81.99
    1Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" SATA 3.0Gb/s Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Item #:N82E16822136284
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$8.00 Instant
    $87.99
    $79.99
    1Microsoft Office 2010 Home & Student 3-User
    Item #:N82E16832116856
    Return Policy: Software Standard Return Policy-$28.00 Instant
    $149.99
    $121.99
    1Logitech M100 Black Wired Mouse
    Item #:N82E16826104365
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$12.99
    1GIGABYTE GA-MA770T-UD3 ATX AMD Motherboard
    Item #:N82E16813128451
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$78.99
    1Thermaltake TR2 W0388RU 600W Power Supply
    Item #:N82E16817153114
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $20.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $74.99
    $69.99
    1Thermaltake V3 Black Edition VL80001W2Z Black Computer Case With Side Panel Window
    Item #:N82E16811133094
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $5.00 Mail-in Rebate
    $49.99
    $44.99
    1ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
    Item #:N82E16827135204
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$19.99
    1AMD Phenom II X4 810 2.6GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor
    Item #:N82E16819103650
    Return Policy: CPU Replacement Only Return Policy-$10.00 Instant
    $125.99
    $115.99
    1SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 5450 100292DDR3L Video Card
    Item #:N82E16814102882
    Return Policy: VGA Replacement Only Return Policy-$5.00 Instant
    $10.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $64.99
    $59.99
    1Logitech Black Wired Keyboard
    Item #:N82E16823126096
    Return Policy: Standard Return Policy$14.99
    1ASUS VH235T-P Black 23" 5ms Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD Monitor Built in Speakers
    Item #:N82E16824236074
    Return Policy: Monitor Standard Return Policy-$30.00 Instant
    $15.00 Mail-in Rebate Card
    $199.99
    $169.99
    Grand Total:$971.87

    Includes the 23" monitor and Win7/Office. With shipping just under $1k (to my zip code)


    If you have any questions, please use our LiveChat function or visit our Contact Us Page.

    PM me your e-mail address and I'll forward you the shopping cart directly.

    You realllllly should have put links there.
  10. Quote:
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB
    OCZ Technology 60 GB Vertex 2 Series SATA II


    Who wouldn't like to do that but this would be a overkill for his PC... for personal I would do this.

    The only problem with the setup is it cost a bit more and doesn't include a wireless card or office(with outlook) or a case/psu
  11. Mr Pizza said:
    You realllllly should have put links there.



    It is fine he put the Item #s, so I found them all.
  12. Seagate 1tb drives on promo atm on newegg
  13. obsidian86 said:
    Seagate 1tb drives on promo atm on newegg


    This is a great price, but I am lucky that there is a store near me that has the F3 for $55
  14. christiangordon said:
    Quote:
    Processor/Motherboard combo:
    Intel Core i3-530 Clarkdale 2.93GHz LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3530
    GIGABYTE GA-H55N-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel H55 HDMI USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Comb [...] mbo.523523
    $211.99


    I like this but it wouldn't work since I wouldn't be able to add a pci wireless network card. I would do a usb network card but have not had the best of luck with them.


    PCI-e wireless adapter cards are widely available.

    For instance: http://www.dlink.com/products/?pid=549 "Fits any standard PCI Express slot – x1, x4, x8, or x16"
  15. Best answer selected by christiangordon.
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