my parents computer is dying slowly.. their gigabyte motherboard model has issues where the sata ports go out after a couple months of use. i recently had to switch their harddrive to the last good port this month, so i suspect by february at the latest it will die as well... so, at a feeble attempt to pay them back for everything they have done for me in my life i want to put a new computer together for them for christmas. here is my form:
I built a variation** of this for my wife - amazingly fast and cool. As shown, its $340 without the OS. There is room to add an SSD, but I'd be careful since small SSD boot drive will require your parents to pay attention to what they install, and where:
The case is VERY small. It can be attached to the back of a monitor whose stand does not use the VESA attachment on the rear of the panel, creating an "All-in-one". Or it can be put underneath the monitor without being noticed because it is only 2.7" high. or it can be stood on its side alongside the monitor. It runs cool and very quiet.
** The variation I used: an SSD, 4GB memory, a USB tuner, and the Gigabyte minITX motherboard.
they will be good with an ssd becuz everything will be setup on it before i give it to them and they will not add anything without asking me... despite being old and ignorant of computers mostly they have finally gotten to the level in the last couple years of realizing not to click on anything that says "you need x-software for x-reason click here and install free!" or other variants of scamming garbage cancer that is on the internet.
they will definitel be leaving the cpu on for days at a time becuz they are like that, are you sure the the case is good to not overheat if left on for extended periods of time or anything though? i dont have much knowledge about compact desktops, i just remember the emachine disasters that used to happen and it kept me away from compact pcs cuz i dont want to duplicate that fiasco.
My wife hardly ever shuts the thing off. She uses it to watch multiple live bird cams (we all have our thing lol) from around the world, while chatting in a chat room, while uploading audio books to her iPod, while watching TV. I'd recommend 4GB for that application though
One guarantee I can make - heat is not an issue.
My concern when I built this was the psu. I'm a stickler for a good psu to avoid issues, and its not like there are good reviews of these flex psus. But we've been running it flat out for only 6 months, so that's the best info I can offer.
The PC (with the Gigabyte mobo) goes to sleep well, and wakes up well unlike several PCs I've built. So its ideal for peeps like my wife who don't think about turning the PC off before they go to sleep.
thanks for the replies people! i figured id be waiting all week to get a response lol
i really like screwysqrls suggestion with the extra ram and such, but also i like the idea of going compact becuz they are not nerds so will not drool over having a huge black metallic case with green leds lighting the room up and taking up space.. but of course they would rather have something that will not melt down or fail for some reason so i will do some researching into the compact stuff tomorrow when i get some time to check for any pros/cons and weigh that into my final decision. i plan on getting this figured out by the weekend so the parts all have time to arrive and i have time to assemble it and install software.
they have a nice big monitor already that i grabbed on a woot.com deal awhile back, and matching wireless key/mouse (matching is important for old people, haha, personally i dont care for my own stuff), and software is unnecessary becuz i have the net for that XD
never use the PSU that comes w/ the case... http://educations.newegg.com/tool/psucalc/index.html?Tp...
is a good way to find out how much power you need, so you also don't go over and waste electricity. Make sure the power supply is 80+ certified (at least)
this will save money over the long run