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April 26, 2011 10:22:35 AM

Hello,

My parents currently have a Dell (was very basic when bought 5+ years ago) and have heard/read that it is easier (better?) to build a computer than buy one from stores. They have told me they would prefer pre-made store bought, but with what they will spend I believe I can build them a better computer for cheaper.

I am new to this thing and after looking through reviews/recommendations have come up with a list of some parts I’m considering.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks
Budget Range: $800 AU (pretty much same price USD)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Internet browsing, uploading photo’s, general program use (does use design CAD – not sure if this has special requirements)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: will be sourcing locally as I’m from Australia (you can recommend products from websites and I’ll find equivalent parts in Australia)
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: I’m thinking AMD as it does not need to be state of the art
Overclocking: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (I think)
Additional Comments: I would like it to last several years and be able to be easily upgradable in future
So far the parts I have in mind are

AMD Athlon II x 4 640 3.0GHz
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23160&pid=39570&p=pro...

Gigabyte GA-890GPA – UD3HM
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23145&pid=39012&p=pro...
(I was thinking GA-880G-UD3H as this is significantly cheaper and may be ideal for this set-up)
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23145&pid=39007&p=pro...

Corsair 4GB 1x4GB CMZ4GX3MIA1600C9
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23612&pid=39868&p=pro...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATAIII 6GB/S 3.5inch 32MB
http://www.ksonline.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_...

Sony optiarc DVD Dual Layer Burner Black SATA 24x writer 31/5
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23391&pid=37642&p=pro...

Im unsure about PSU – After going through reviews I believe that a 400W will do?

As for tower I was thinking…
Antec 300 tower
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23159&pid=37439&p=pro...

As for the graphics card – they won’t need anything special. I believe even 512Mb will do.

Will I need heat sink fan?

Are there any other parts I’ve left out?

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April 26, 2011 10:47:12 AM

bowsoo said:
Hello,

My parents currently have a Dell (was very basic when bought 5+ years ago) and have heard/read that it is easier (better?) to build a computer than buy one from stores. They have told me they would prefer pre-made store bought, but with what they will spend I believe I can build them a better computer for cheaper.

I am new to this thing and after looking through reviews/recommendations have come up with a list of some parts I’m considering.
Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks
Budget Range: $800 AU (pretty much same price USD)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: General Internet browsing, uploading photo’s, general program use (does use design CAD – not sure if this has special requirements)
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: will be sourcing locally as I’m from Australia (you can recommend products from websites and I’ll find equivalent parts in Australia)
Country of Origin: Australia
Parts Preferences: I’m thinking AMD as it does not need to be state of the art
Overclocking: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
SLI or Crossfire: Probably not – not sure I fully understand
Monitor Resolution: 1280x1024 (I think)
Additional Comments: I would like it to last several years and be able to be easily upgradable in future
So far the parts I have in mind are

AMD Athlon II x 4 640 3.0GHz
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23160&pid=39570&p=pro...

Gigabyte GA-890GPA – UD3HM
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23145&pid=39012&p=pro...
(I was thinking GA-880G-UD3H as this is significantly cheaper and may be ideal for this set-up)
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23145&pid=39007&p=pro...

Corsair 4GB 1x4GB CMZ4GX3MIA1600C9
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23612&pid=39868&p=pro...

Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200RPM SATAIII 6GB/S 3.5inch 32MB
http://www.ksonline.com.au/index.php?page=shop.product_...

Sony optiarc DVD Dual Layer Burner Black SATA 24x writer 31/5
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23391&pid=37642&p=pro...

Im unsure about PSU – After going through reviews I believe that a 400W will do?

As for tower I was thinking…
Antec 300 tower
http://www.arc.com.au/pub.php?gid=23159&pid=37439&p=pro...

As for the graphics card – they won’t need anything special. I believe even 512Mb will do.

Will I need heat sink fan?

Are there any other parts I’ve left out?


Sorry about the second thread.

I'm house sitting for my parents and using their PC, which stuffed up on me before...
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April 26, 2011 12:07:51 PM

I always build my own PCs, but when it comes to relatives I always help them to buy pre-built ones. Otherwise you are taking the responsibility for setting it up and fixing it if it goes wrong. Also if it does go wrong or doesn't work out of the box it's much easier if it's just one company to go to for support.
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