I want to build a computer for my parents. They currently have an older dell model and i have already tried increasing the RAM and larger HD but system is slow and I think they would benefit from a new computer.
I have built a computer before but it was about 8yrs ago and a lot has change.
I would like to keep this build very inexpensive if possible. But the system has to do all that my parents would need.
-Do not play graphic intensive games
-They do: Use skype and MSN messenger to talk to friends and relatives in the US and overseas.
-They do: Use word, outlook, excel and power point applications.
-They do: User their computer just about every day for something be it email or just looking up information.
In the past I have used only Intel CPU's but i am open to AMD if the system will work reliably.
New egg and other online parts dealers are running sales right now and i was thinking now would be a good time to build.
I dont really have a starting build to work off of........i have reviewed a few sites looking at MB/CPU combos and cases and to be honest i am not sure what would work best for them. Can you guys provide a starting point?
ok. I talked to my parents and they currently have a dell with a P4 2.8GHz, 512kb L2 Cache, 533 FSB bought it in 2003. In looking at both the builds just want to make sure that the new processors are "better" than what they currently have........i think the new ones are but just wanted to make sure.
Also, i had a question. In the 2nd build i noticed that the processor and memory were "bundled" together......i cant seem to find this bundle at newegg anywhere.
One more thing. Again, i am open to either intel or amd cpu. However, since i only have experience building with intel i just wanted to make sure there is nothing "strange or different" in working with an AMD cpu as compared to an intel cpu. AGain, i know this may sound like a strange question but given my experience level just wanted to double check.
The more i look into the build from batuchka the more I like it.
However, my only concern is the power supply with the antec case is 380W. I went to one of those "wattage" calculators and 380W should be MORE than enough. But i seem to recall from my only build years ago that you always want more power than you think you will need so i looked at a few combinations of things to try and get a slightly larger power supply.........but i am not sure its a really better situation and wanted some input.
Again, getting the 430W supply and bundling it with one of the cases above .......not sure this is better than going with the original 380W supply or if one of these other cases is even better than the case that comes witht he 380W supply.
Comments are appreciated...........i am very close to finalizing the build.
Ultimately it depends on what rig would be for - if u think in future u may want to hit a discrete GPU and game on then i would hit an 80+ 500W PSU and also a casing with better cooling potential, etc So it's your call as per budget/plan
ok....i need some help on this one. I talked to my parents and its a good thing i did. They had two wishes/requests but i think they may conflict withone another.....ie...may not be able to get both without increasing price significantly.
Wish1: Want system to be quiet.
Wish2: Want front side usb ports to be at or near the top of the case.........since they have case on the floor they have trouble bending down to use the ports.