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May 25, 2011 9:41:01 AM

Hello Everyone,

My dad wants a new PC as he has had his for around 10 years. He wants to spend around $1000 AUD or less if you can. It will be primarily used for Microsoft Office, Photo viewing, and songs.

It would be good if it could be quite fast and last for at lest 5 years.

What do you recommend?

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May 25, 2011 9:46:12 AM

See the build advice form in my signature
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May 25, 2011 9:56:48 AM

OK if this helps for everyone else here:
Approximate Purchase Date: (the closer the better)
Budget Range: (800-1100) Before Rebates
System Usage from Most to Least Important: (Microsoft Office, Photo viewing, surfing the internet, listening to music)
Parts Not Required: (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers)
Country of Origin: (Melbourne, Australia)
Parts Preferences: by brand or type (Intel CPU)
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: (whatever)
Additional Comments: (It would be nicer to have a quieter PC and also quite fast. Would like it to last at least 5 years)
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May 25, 2011 10:03:30 AM

@jbakerlent - Thanks for that it helped. Still just unsure of what specific parts to buy.
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May 25, 2011 10:04:07 AM

@jbakerlent - Thanks for that it helped. Still just unsure of what specific parts to buy.
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May 25, 2011 2:25:27 PM

Honestly you can build a pretty good computer for that kind of price. 5 years though? Maybe, but as long as all he's doing is what you described than it wont be difficult.

Here's a good start - Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

CPU
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Memory
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Decent and non-extravagant case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And a power supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Shop around, the pc described would be fairly under budget and it would be easy to throw some extra memory or go to an i5 core.

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May 25, 2011 9:13:19 PM

Cool!! Looks sweet! Would it be worth it to go for low i7? Just for the speed and invade he does anything extreme in the future?
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May 25, 2011 9:17:48 PM

Oh sorry I meant i5! Wrong button
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May 26, 2011 4:01:11 AM

Personally I think the i3 was always a little underpowered and as I own an i7 system i'm a little biased. My system is still running on the older arrondale architecture but is crazy fast. I completely recommend the i5 upgrade. The thing about this new sandybridge archi is that its REALLY easy to overclock. You can generally do it from the bios menu with the right setup. So in a few years when his system starts to slow down as they always do you can go in and force up those GHz to keep him up to date for a few more years.
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May 26, 2011 4:40:45 AM

Arrandale is mobile architecture... You can't compare the two. Only two of the CPUs can actually be overclocked and none of them can with the suggested motherboard. The i3 is way more than enough for the above uses.
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May 26, 2011 6:13:44 AM

Sandy bridge is for laptops and desktops. And they're similar if not exactly the same, also my bad, my laptop actually uses the clarksfield architecture (I only found this out because arrandale configurations apparently aren't in use for the quad-core i7s). But still, my point stands, the i5 CPU is still going to be useful in three to five years. An i3 will be dated before that.
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May 26, 2011 8:11:05 AM

Ok thanks for that!! Any particular i5 model?
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May 26, 2011 1:48:17 PM

Here's a good sandybridge based i5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With that you might want to get a different motherboard because as was pointed out the last one didn't support overclocking. Here's a decently priced one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you might want to get a low end graphics card. While he wont be gaming or anything a GPU can speed up performance and allow him to use the computer for longer as more and more applications are using this technology.
I recommend a low to mid end ATI card to go with the motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2011 2:40:11 PM

ragenalien said:
Here's a good sandybridge based i5

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

With that you might want to get a different motherboard because as was pointed out the last one didn't support overclocking. Here's a decently priced one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Also you might want to get a low end graphics card. While he wont be gaming or anything a GPU can speed up performance and allow him to use the computer for longer as more and more applications are using this technology.
I recommend a low to mid end ATI card to go with the motherboard

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need 2x00K version of CPU and P67/Z68 based mainboard for good overclocking.

Perhaps save money for GPU now and use Z68 board and i5-2500K instead, included GPU is good enough for non gaming system but Z68 still support best overclocking and can add any GPU later if needed.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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May 26, 2011 2:47:31 PM

What style case do you think he would like?
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May 26, 2011 3:01:02 PM
May 27, 2011 10:38:57 PM

Ok well here is the list so far o what I have decided to go with:
- Intel i5 2400 3.1Ghz
- NZXT tempest evo case
- ASRock Z68 pro motherboard
- LG DVD Burner
- Antec Earthwatts green 650w just in case later in life

So yeah! Not exactly sure what GPU to get but looking at an RADEON 5750 or 5770 but not sure what model.

Oh
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