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Building PC For my Uncle!

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October 23, 2011 9:41:15 PM

He uses the computer for lots of work related stuff and lots of internet browsing, youtube etc and his children will be using it for a browsing and playing little games... nothing that will require a GPU just browser games.

His current PC has a AMD 1.8GHZ processor and 512MB RAM! and shuts down by itself all the time (Faulty PSU?)

The case looks like it will be fine to re-use and the dvd drive.

He said he wants to spend enough for a PC that will be up to date for a long time.
He's happy paying for the i5 2500 processor etc.

Anyway what i came up with so far is:

I5 2500 processor (Won't be overclocking, knows hardly anything about computers)

Im not sure about motherboard and which chipset to get and what was the difference between a £50 socket 1155 and a £100 one.
The only difference i noticed was only 2 RAM slots and 1 GPU slot on a £50 one which will be fine...
Are there any others?

PSU 450W modular

2*2GB RAM DDR3 - will there be a noticeable difference getting 2*4gb?

1TB HDD

and any cheap gpu purely for playing like 720p youtube videos - any you reccomend?

software

Windows 7 64bit premium
office 2007

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October 23, 2011 9:58:39 PM

Use the graphics built in to the processor with an H67 or Z68 chipset motherboard

2 x2 gig of RAM should be more than enough for his usage

consider cheaper processors . the 2300 or 2400
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October 23, 2011 10:27:50 PM

Hows This

MSI H67MS-E23 B3 Intel H67 Express - Socket 1155 – Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h67ms-e23-%28b3%29-l...
£60.80

Intel CPU Core i5 2500 Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500-s1155...
£164.58

Powercool PSUPC450AUBAM 450W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/450w-psu-powercool-psupc...
£35.15 - 150 x 160 x 85 mm (WxHxD)

HDD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb [...] e-89ms-ncq
£57.58

Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%282x2gb%29-corsair-...
£23.28

Windows 7
£74.48

hows that?
Is mobo ok?
October 24, 2011 1:19:46 AM

AMD Llano build would be a better choice. Great IGP and it's quad. Will have no problem with anything.
October 24, 2011 1:30:06 AM

A8-3850 L108
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/amd-a8-3850-s-fm1-lynx-c...

MSI FM1 motherboard L70
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-a75a-g35-amd-a75-s-f...(x16)-graphics-on-board-atx

Corsair 430w V2 L37
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/430w-psu-corsair-builder...

500gb Samsung Spinpoint F3 L32
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/500gb-samsung-spinpoint-...

Same RAM L24

Windows 7 L75

$346 w/o case.

Spending on a i5-2500 just for browser games and browsing the net is not a wise choice. He won't notice the difference if you get him the Llano or the i5-2500. Save him some money. Even you know, that he doesn't need an i5.
October 24, 2011 4:01:21 AM

mmsmm said:
Hows This

MSI H67MS-E23 B3 Intel H67 Express - Socket 1155 – Motherboard
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/msi-h67ms-e23-%28b3%29-l...
£60.80

Intel CPU Core i5 2500 Sandy Bridge Quad Core Processor
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-core-i5-2500-s1155...
£164.58

Powercool PSUPC450AUBAM 450W Modular Power Supply (PSU)
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/450w-psu-powercool-psupc...
£35.15 - 150 x 160 x 85 mm (WxHxD)

HDD: Samsung 1Tb Spinpoint F3
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1tb [...] e-89ms-ncq
£57.58

Corsair Memory XMS3 Classic 4GB DDR3 1333 Mhz CAS 9 Dual Channel Desktop
http://www.scan.co.uk/products/4gb-%282x2gb%29-corsair-...
£23.28

Windows 7
£74.48

hows that?
Is mobo ok?


That all looks fine . Check MSI's webpage for the motherboard and make sure the cpu is supported . Im sure it will be , but check anyway .
You also need a dvd drive and case ......
October 24, 2011 9:31:42 AM

Outlander_04 said:
That all looks fine . Check MSI's webpage for the motherboard and make sure the cpu is supported . Im sure it will be , but check anyway .
You also need a dvd drive and case ......


I am going to re use the case and dvd drive from his old pc
October 24, 2011 9:54:31 AM

Wont let me Edit...

Will the integrated CPU graphics run HD movies?
October 24, 2011 10:50:15 AM

Llano FTW!
October 24, 2011 11:21:45 AM

acerace said:
Llano FTW!


getting the i5 2500!
October 24, 2011 11:24:12 AM

mmsmm said:
Wont let me Edit...

Will the integrated CPU graphics run HD movies?



oh yea it'll do the job. by the way I noticed the specs of the older PC do you happen to know if the DVD drive connects using the PATA interface or SATA? I would check that out before counting on reusing that old dvd drive. Also you might want to do some research on the case it sounds like this older PC might be a pre-built like a compaq or HP. In that case you might want to see if the mobo form factor is ATX, mATX or BTX. I know that compaq and HP used BTX in some of their older pre-builts so you might just wanna check the manufacturers web site to confirm.
October 24, 2011 11:24:33 AM

I vote for the A8-3850. Have a nice baseline performer, and have the plus of a great igp comparated with any intel igp.
October 24, 2011 11:59:06 AM

twstd1 said:
oh yea it'll do the job. by the way I noticed the specs of the older PC do you happen to know if the DVD drive connects using the PATA interface or SATA? I would check that out before counting on reusing that old dvd drive. Also you might want to do some research on the case it sounds like this older PC might be a pre-built like a compaq or HP. In that case you might want to see if the mobo form factor is ATX, mATX or BTX. I know that compaq and HP used BTX in some of their older pre-builts so you might just wanna check the manufacturers web site to confirm.


uve lost me on the form factor. what is it? and how do i find out which one it is?
October 24, 2011 11:59:20 AM

vitornob said:
I vote for the A8-3850. Have a nice baseline performer, and have the plus of a great igp comparated with any intel igp.


im going with intel
October 24, 2011 2:43:12 PM

Oh well, it's not your money anyway lol. Go i5-2500 and make him bleed his money dry!
October 24, 2011 3:05:49 PM

cutebeans said:
Oh well, it's not your money anyway lol. Go i5-2500 and make him bleed his money dry!


He told him the difference and he wants it! he wants it to just spend out and then not have to worry about upgrading for a long time
October 24, 2011 11:17:54 PM

Then, he can consider buy the i7 and keep it for few years. :D 
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