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November 18, 2010 2:31:49 PM

Hi all,

I am looking at building a new system for my Father to replace his 6 year old Gateway desktop.

He does basic internet, home finance and photo editing. His problem is that he tends to open a bunch of browser windows at once as well as have Quicken running. I'm thinking he needs a triple core CPU at a minimum as well as 6 gig of RAM. Here's the basic specs:

Approximate Purchase Date: Next 30 days

Budget Range: $500-$700 including monitor but before rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Internet (multiple windows open), Personal Finance (Quicken), basic photo editing and scanning

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg

Country of Origin: US

Parts Preferences: no preference

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no

Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 should be fine

Storage: 500-1000 gig


What suggestions do you guys have?

Thanks for the help!
November 18, 2010 3:03:33 PM

triple core should be ok, and for $700, I think we can get a decent system together, including a monitor.

just how much photo editing is he doing: just minor fixes like removing redeye and cropping images and similar issues, or dozens of layers and custom photoshop filters?

That'll really determine if you need a dedicated graphics card or not.
November 18, 2010 3:29:55 PM

ScrewySqrl said:
triple core should be ok, and for $700, I think we can get a decent system together, including a monitor.

just how much photo editing is he doing: just minor fixes like removing redeye and cropping images and similar issues, or dozens of layers and custom photoshop filters?

That'll really determine if you need a dedicated graphics card or not.


The photo editing is pretty basic, definitely not photoshop. I think he uses the software that came with his Canon Powershot.
November 18, 2010 3:33:03 PM

Assuming you don't need a video card, this is $618.40:

AS Rock 880G motherboard: $59.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

AMD Athlon II X3 450 3.2 GHz Processor: $78.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

G.Skill 4 GB Kit, DDR3-1333: $56.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB drive: $69.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

LG 22x DVD burner: $17.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill ATX case w./ 1x120mmfan: $29.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Rosewill 120mm fan: $4.49
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Put it in the front for an intake

Sea Sonic 300W 80+ Bronze PSU: $39.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Acer 23" 1920x1080 Monitor: $159.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Windows 7 Home Premium OEM: $99.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

total $618.40 w/. $15.81 shipping
$634.31 total.

Optional add ons:

+99 for a 40 GB Mushkin Callisto SSD as a boot drive for extremely fast load performance
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

+20 for a 520W Power supply from Seasonic, if you get a graphics card
+110 for a GTS 450 graphics card, primarily for better photo manipulation.
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