Hey there, looking to build a budget PC for a family member of mines. No gaming will be done, just for word, excel, surfing the internet and watching videos. So just looking for a build that would fit those needs. Let me know what you guys think. Appreciate it!
Approximate Purchase Date: 1-2 Weeks
Budget Range: $375 (before rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Surfing Internet, Watching Videos
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS
- The xfx 4670 supports the new "app" software, some apps like flashplayer and realplayer offload the video rendering tasks to the graphics card. It also has a gpu based video converter, hdmi, dvi, and svga. The gpu also upconverts and de-blocks internet videos somewhat. It does help with video quality.
-with only 4gigs mem in the kit, disabling the onboard vid frees up some extra memory too. The onboard geforce 7200gs is too old and behind the times for a modern pc.
With the dvd burner, they give you a 2nd 500 gig seagate, use this spare drive to mirror the one you set up with windows to the other one, so you have a exact copy. Its easy to do with the software you download from seagate. This way when the pc crashes because someone did something wrong, all you have to do is plug in the old drive and let it mirror the drive while you have a coffee instead of working like a dog reinstalling windows. For $30 its money well spent to have a spare drive.
The regor 250 overclocks to 3.6ghz while still running cool and quiet. My friend has this same cpu/board. Runs 3.6ghz at 38c under full load with the tiny oem cooler.
Drop the ht bus down the the next lower one, memory down to 1066 (unless it has a option to have the mem stay at a fixed speed), then up the fsb. See what the cpu is set to, if its already set to 1.425volts then leave it at default, if not set it to that voltage.
I was going the KISS (keep is simple stupid) approach for someone who wanted a simple home use computer for a low price and now we got people talking overclocking and and new features on the latest graphic card.
The build I proposed is a solid reliable build with good components. yeah we can all debate this deal and that deal and save $20 maybe, but combos come and go, so I just went with the here and now.
if later GMVP wants to add a discreet graphics card he/she can, the PSU will support everything but the extreme high end cards.
Yea, I'm gonna go with what jerreddredd suggested. I can just pick up the items as well using Neweggs new will-call system, just a 15 min drive. So i save on shipping! Thanks for all the help you guys. Appreciate it.