Dads PC

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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  1. See the build advice form in my signature
  2. 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)
  3. @jbakerlent - Thanks for that it helped. Still just unsure of what specific parts to buy.
  4. @jbakerlent - Thanks for that it helped. Still just unsure of what specific parts to buy.
  5. 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=N82E16813130588

    CPU
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115078

    Memory
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231277

    Decent and non-extravagant case
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129042

    And a power supply
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371030

    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.
  6. 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?
  7. Oh sorry I meant i5! Wrong button
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Ok thanks for that!! Any particular i5 model?
  12. Here's a good sandybridge based i5

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    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=N82E16813138308

    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=N82E16814161315R
  13. ragenalien said:
    Here's a good sandybridge based i5

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115074

    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=N82E16813138308

    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=N82E16814161315R

    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=N82E16819115072
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157251
  14. What style case do you think he would like?
  15. 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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