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October 21, 2010 10:58:46 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: This will more than likely be a Christmas gift, but this is just to get a better idea so that I can be on the lookout for sales

Budget Range: 1000 tops

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet, word processing, file storage, no games

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts:,

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: I like Gigabytes mobo's, but I am pretty impartial

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: This is going to be a new build for my dad. He mostly surfs the net and does word processing. He also has quite a bit of music and other media, so I want to get him some adequate storage. I want to set him up to be able to do some file sharing on their home network, possible also get him something to stream media to his television (WD streaming box or similar).

24-27" monitor at 1080p. Should have dvi and HDMI so he could possibly also use it as an HDTV.

I know this is a pretty basic build and he might be better served getting one from best buy or something, but hes never had a nice desktop, so I want it to be nice and fast for him and remain to be a fast computer in the years to come.

Windows 7 64 Pro should be included.

He would also like a decent printer, probably best to just get an all-in-one.

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October 22, 2010 3:55:03 AM

This is what I would get-dont have a lot of time so I will just post parts/prices.

AMD 955 BE- $150
ASRock 770 Extreme 3 USB 3- $75
4670/50 GPU (Dont really need it for gaming, but its nice to have)-$60-75
Samsung Spinpoint f3 1tb- $70
Corsair 450w PSU-$70
Case- any mid tower will work. Spend around $50 for a good quality case.
DVD drive-$20 (all the same)
Printer- The lexmark printers are supposed to be a pretty good deal nowadays because of the $5 black ink. Might want to look into one of those. Would probably be around $75.
Monitor- $230.

Not sure what all this totals out to but I think it should be In budget. Win 7 64bit is $100 I believe.
October 22, 2010 4:33:52 AM

^^ Why notbuild him a HTPC/ PC combo??
Here is a setup...
IMO the Athlon II X4 would suffice...
Also the onboard on the 880G mobo are powerful enough for 1080p decode and playback...
X4 640 + Gigabyte 880G

Mushkin 4GB DDR3

CASE options -

PSU - Get a modular PSU

DVD Burner

Or maybe a BD combo ?

SSD for boot - This would be a very good addition as it would significantly decrease the app load and boot times

For data

Monitor -

Should come to around ~$920 with monitor except for that CPU + mobo combo, no other combos are included, so you could save a bit there too...