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Building a PC for parents. Need suggestions.

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August 10, 2011 6:25:27 PM

Approximate Purchase Date: Sooner the better

Budget Range: ~$400 max

System Usage from Most to Least Important: browsing internet, reading emails, light gaming.

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, RAM, OS

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: USA

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1440x900

So my parents need a PC. They got my old Alienware computer from '05 and it just can't keep up with all the new stuff out now. So I need to get them a new one. My parents only read their emails and do internet browsing, but my younger brother does some light gaming; Minecraft would be the most resource intense. So we'll need something that can handle that. Also, I already have 4gb of DDR3 RAM so no ram is needed either. Here's what I have so far, let me know what you think and what I can do to get the best bang for my buck.

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

Not sure if I need an optical drive or not though. I think I can resuse the old one, but I have no idea on how to check if it's compatible with that mobo. Help on that would be great.

August 10, 2011 6:37:39 PM

Hi there, welcome to the forums.
Looks good! The PC you built is a little overkill, but still an excellent machine. It will work quite well!

The only thing missing is an OS. I assume you need one of those? If so, you'll need this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You need to check the DVD drive for Sata or IDE. If it's sata, you can reuse it!

Cheers!
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August 10, 2011 6:39:28 PM

ps3hacker12 said:
i would reccommend this PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

and this case might be one you might like:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

is that optical drive IDE or sata?

and why not get this HDD instead?:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...


Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to check on the sata or IDE. I'll open it up in a little bit. Does the age of the machine (around 6 years old) lead to one or the other?
August 10, 2011 6:40:25 PM

Gundown64 said:
Thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to check on the sata or IDE. I'll open it up in a little bit. Does the age of the machine (around 6 years old) lead to one or the other?


if its about 6 years old i'd bet its an IDE drive. Also if you want a small form factor PC you could look into a mini-ITX build.
August 10, 2011 6:47:37 PM

Agree on the PSU. That Thermaltake (or any PSU with a little voltage switch on it) is poopy. There's a good deal on the 80+ bronze 430W Antec Earthwatts too; a little better than the Builder, but they're both fine.
August 10, 2011 7:03:17 PM

Alright, I changed the PSU to the Antec Earthwatt. Looks good. More suggestions/comments?
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