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November 11, 2011 6:56:57 PM

my moms computer crapped out last yr and ive decided for the holidays i am going to build her a computer, ive never done this before so im looking for some advice

my mom only surfs the internet, uses itunes, and occasionally may watch a movie on it

here is what i have picked out so far

Intel Pentium G840 Sandy Bridge 2.8GHz LGA 1155 65W Dual-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623G840
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

BIOSTAR H61MU3 LGA 1155 Intel H61 HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER Elite 430 RC-430-KWN1 Black Steel / Plastic Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

COOLER MASTER GX 450W RS450-ACAAD3-US 450W ATX12V v2.31 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Mercury EXTREMEâ„¢ Pro 3G SSD 30GB
SATA 3.0Gb/s Solid State Drive
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/SSDMX030/

ASUS 24X DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM Black SATA Model DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Kingston ValueRAM 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3K2/4GR
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...



i know the hardrive may seem small but my mom has 2 gb's of music and stores nothing on the computer so i went for speed over space

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November 11, 2011 7:04:46 PM

How about a laptop, she can watch her movies anywhere! She'll put extra hot dogs in the mac n cheese if you get her one!!
November 11, 2011 7:05:53 PM

slcmike said:
How about a laptop, she can watch her movies anywhere! She'll put extra hot dogs in the mac n cheese if you get her one!!


she doesnt want a laptop
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November 11, 2011 7:18:23 PM

for what your mom needs an HTPC will do nicely. The FM1 APUs from AMD offer adequate graphics far superior to intel's.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
the cheapest good brand 4giga or ram you can find, a smaller (mATX) case and about 300 good brand psu will do nicely. As for the ssd you put there, it is hardly enough and it is ssd. Just get a standard hdd from a local store that had them in stock before the floods or canibalize from another computer that doesn't need it or search on ebay/sales forum. Hope i've helped.
November 11, 2011 7:26:46 PM

I like the idea, but I think 30gb(and you will see less) is a bit too small . I have used 40gb on a laptop, and that seems like plenty. Also, I am not so enthused about the brand. I suggest an Intel 320 40gb drive for $97. You can depend on Intel reliability.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The cpu might be stronger than you need. I think the G530 would do just as well. But anything stronger is ok too.

Why not get a really small cute case?
Look at the Antec ISK300-150 which takes a ITX motherboard and includes a adequate psu for $70
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You can get any of the H61/H67 itx motherboards, depending on your preference for brands.
Here is the H61 biostar:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Get a 4gbkit of 2 x 2gb ram. $23 from g.skil. No heat spreaders are necessary.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

The real key to having a quick pc is the SSD. Good thinking there.
November 11, 2011 7:39:35 PM

the 30gb would be the boot drive

id eventually grab a 500 gb or 1tb drive when prices drop again to use for storage
November 11, 2011 7:40:11 PM

are all those parts i listed compatible?
November 11, 2011 8:32:15 PM

mayhem213 said:
how much better is this processor over the one listed in the first post

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

seems like a no brainer for 15 bucks more if its much better


The i3-540 is an older generation that fits a 1156 socket.
It is slower on a clock for clock basis than the sandy bridge cpu's by about 20%, so it is not really a contender today.
November 11, 2011 9:06:29 PM

is the power supply i chose adequate?

thats the one tricky part for me
November 11, 2011 9:17:09 PM

mayhem213 said:
is the power supply i chose adequate?

thats the one tricky part for me

As it is your current build will draw aprox 200w under load. So you psu is adequate.
November 11, 2011 9:27:07 PM

Naw, closer to 100W
November 12, 2011 12:04:18 AM

will a video card be neccesarry or will onboard suffice?
November 12, 2011 12:05:53 AM

also is the ram right for this setup?
November 12, 2011 12:14:31 AM

also was wondering about how many fans ill need

i know the case i chose comes with one but is that enough?
November 12, 2011 12:43:27 AM

mayhem213 said:
will a video card be neccesarry or will onboard suffice?


mayhem213 said:
also is the ram right for this setup?


mayhem213 said:
also was wondering about how many fans ill need

i know the case i chose comes with one but is that enough?


1) The graphics is in the sandy bridge cpu. The G840 or any other sandy bridge has graphics suitable for most anything but fast action gaming. HD movies is fine.
You do not need anything extra.
2) The ram is fine.

3) You actually need NO fans. The stock intel cpu cooler is enough.

4) Do reconsider getting 30gb. 40gb should be the minimum.
November 12, 2011 1:15:14 AM

geofelt said:
1) The graphics is in the sandy bridge cpu. The G840 or any other sandy bridge has graphics suitable for most anything but fast action gaming. HD movies is fine.
You do not need anything extra.
2) The ram is fine.

3) You actually need NO fans. The stock intel cpu cooler is enough.

4) Do reconsider getting 30gb. 40gb should be the minimum.


will i need a usb wifi stick or does the motherboard have wifi
November 12, 2011 1:23:02 AM

mayhem213 said:
will i need a usb wifi stick or does the motherboard have wifi


No, I see no wifi included.
If you can attach to the internet via lan cable, that is best, and all motherboards will have that.

If you need a wifi connection, there are some motherboards that offer it, but they are more expensive. Zotac makes one.
It is cheaper to get an add in card or a usb wifi unit.
November 12, 2011 1:35:37 AM

geofelt said:
No, I see no wifi included.
If you can attach to the internet via lan cable, that is best, and all motherboards will have that.

If you need a wifi connection, there are some motherboards that offer it, but they are more expensive. Zotac makes one.
It is cheaper to get an add in card or a usb wifi unit.


any recomendations on a cheap wifi card or is it best to just use a usb stick?

i currently have a netgear usb wifi laying around
November 12, 2011 2:39:23 PM

anyone have a suggestion for a decent ssd under 100 from bestbuy
November 12, 2011 5:11:57 PM

geofelt said:
Go ahead and use the wifi usb you have. You can always change it out later if you don't like it.

$3 more for a G850 is a good deal.

I would spend a bit more for the Intel 320 40gb drive.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Here's why:
http://www.behardware.com/articles/831-7/components-ret...


i was thinking maybe the intel x25 40 gb

best buy by me has them clearenced out for 69.99

also was wondering if the motherboard is alrite for this build, from everything ive read yes but i was just wanna make sure
November 12, 2011 5:28:02 PM

Intel X25-V 40gb is very good. I have one in my laptop. It absolutely transformed it.

I see no problem with the motherboard.

November 18, 2011 7:59:13 PM

despite some trouble finally got this up and running this afternoon

couldnt get the ram in at first

im shocked how fast it runs

makes my mac mini look like a chump
!