Today on christmas i gave the computer i built (thanks to Batuchka and Tom's hardware) to my in-law parents. They were sooooooooo happy. As a result now my parents want me to build them a computer.
I was hoping to get again some information on a computer build similar to the one i got before thanks giving. Now i know i could just use the same build as before but prices and deals have changed so i thought i would post this question again to see what you guys come up with. The last build list you guys came up with i built and it was exactly what i wanted.
The computer is for my parents and they do not play games. They surf internet, use email, use skype, word, excel.......this kind of stuff.
Note: The last build i did is shown here. I was hoping to spend about the same but i could spend a little more if needed.
The previous build was good and i was hoping to build another computer for MY parents. The other computer i built was for my wife's parents. For this build i wanted to build a computer that was maybe a little better. Since i was thinking of installing a windows 7 64bit OS i was thinking of putting 8GB of RAM in my dads build to make it more "future" proof. He does NOT do gaming only email, office apps, and reviewing pictures. I know 8GB is probably overkill but my parents live far away and i wanted something that would last him a while.
3) If you can classify a non-gaming computer as fair, good, best how would classify this MOB/CPU combo? I want to get upper end of a "NON" gaming computer. I am thinking if i do this might last my dad a while. I was thinking up upping the processor and MOB a bit .......any suggestions?
This is what i used in my wifes parents build.
BIOSTAR A880G+ Micro ATX AMD Motherboard
Item #: N82E16813138283
I was hoping someone could help me with a decision:
I am deciding between the following cpus:
1) AMD Phenom II X4 955 Black Edition Deneb 3.2GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ955FBGMBOX
2)AMD Athlon II X3 455 Rana 3.3GHz 3 x 512KB L2 Cache Socket AM3 95W Triple-Core Desktop Processor ADX455WFGMBOX
I am trying to make this build a little better than the last one i did. But i am not sure my dad needs the Phenom. I am thinking of getting the phenom just because it might "future" proof the build for a little while longer. My dad does not play advanced games mostly just email and surfing the web.
Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?
Also, for what ever you suggest can you also suggest a Mother board and memory to go with it?
There are numerous AM3 boards, some even with integrated video (saving you the expense of a $50 video card), for as little as $99 at Newegg; most recognizable MB brand names will all do fine (Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, etc...) Might be able to save a few bucks by finding a pre-890 chipset/USB3 board.
You already mentioned that 8gb of RAM is probably overkill but it really is. Even if you want to 'future proof' the computer, go with 4GB max. 4GB is way more than anyone would need for simple day to day usage. You can use the cash you save on the RAM to get a better cpu/motherboard with integrated graphics like the above poster mentioned. If you want to try out the new Sandy Bridge processors, they have integrated graphics and the lower end models should be great for your needs.
I have been reviewing the online deals and the recent comments above. I am a newbie when it comes to assebling computers.
Thie computer is for my dad. He is NOTa gamer. He primarily uses the computer for email, excel, word, power point and watching an occasional movie.
Here ist he build i came up with. Please review and be critical. If you think i dont need something please say so. Be critical.......it wont hurt my feelings. Also, if you think i can save money by going another way please let me know that as well.
"AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition Deneb 3.4GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 6MB L3 Cache Socket AM3 125W Quad-Core Processor HDZ965FBGMBOX"
NeweggID: N82E16819103727 "1206 review 5 out of 5 stars"
"ASUS M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 AM3 AMD 880G HDMI USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard"
NeweggID: N82E16813131668 "31 reviews 5 out of 5 stars"
Total cost with combo/rebate is $240
"Thermaltake TR2 W0379RU 500W ATX 12V v2.2 Power Supply
NeweggID:N82E16817153113 "52 reviews 4 of 5 stars"
"Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST31000528AS 1TB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5"" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive"
NeweggID:N82E16822148433 "1082 reviews 4 of 5 stars"
Note: My dad wanted TWO DVD drives where at LEAST one was a DVD burner. I just made both the same. I tried to convince him he did not need two .....perhaps i did not use the correct argument........any thoughts?
"LITE-ON Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA CD/DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM"
NeweggID: N82E16827106289 "612 reviews 4 of 5stars"
I just read your two posts and I myself am looking to build a PC with similar needs to yours. Here is what I have atm from newegg just doing a lil more research before I pull the trigger. I am not an expert and never built but been a forum and research junkie the last 6 months along with tinkering with a gaming rig i bought off craigslist.
Total after promos for me was just under $420. If you replace the memory with your g.skill memory add another cd drive ignore the windows 7 and use email promos EMCKJJJ85 & EMCKJJJ24 total comes just over $370 shipped.