So my parents 7 year old+ PC is about on its last legs...there appear to be mobo issues, and they are just in need of a little updating. It will be used mostly for web surfing, uploading pictures and videos from cameras, schoolwork type stuff for my sister, and occasional *VERY* light gaming (obviously not the latest games either).
They do not have a terrible amount of money to spend, but I know that their needs are not extensive either, so I think we are OK. I said I will contribute $100-$150 towards the purchase of the parts (and build it too), and they have $100 to spend, so $200 or so total.
They do not have an OS, so I was thinking they could get the Windows 7 Student pricing since some of my siblings are students. Any other options?
Nice. You could get a cheaper case/psu combo but it isn't going to look pretty like a Rosewill
I think you're going to be uhappy when you find out that you have to spend so much on an OS. This new egg deal is probably the best you will find and that is Win7 OEM for $90 and free shipping. Not sure if it is a april 1st sale only or what. You may be able to find win xp somewhere for 70-80 but that's not worth it imo.
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, I did almost order that one. At the time, a couple days ago, I was able to get the N68S3+ for $43 shipped. It was about $14 cheaper than the better one. The better was probably well worth it, DVI port instead of VGA only, and also a better onboard GPU, but on a $200 build $14 is a good chunk. If my parents complain and it has to do with not having DVI, or they complain about the graphics performance, I can deal with that later
Thanks for the HDD suggestion too, I will probably do that.