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June 13, 2012 12:03:42 AM

So, I'm building a new computer for my mother, so I can use some advice... Here are the specs.

Approximate Purchase Date: Hoping to buy the parts tomorrow or the next day, in order to complete build by the end of June.

Budget Range: 600 after rebates and shipping charges.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing grandma sites, small MS Office projects, watching Casablanca.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest possible. I also am close to a MicroCenter in NJ for the CPU/Mobo.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I have no real preferences, but could we future-proof her for the next 3-5 years? Intel HD Graphics are probably right up the alley for this project?

Overclocking: Hell no

SLI or Crossfire: Lol no.

Monitor Resolution: I think she has an old 1280x1024 monitor somewhere.

Additional Comments: Pretty much all there. The only requirements are that it has at least a 128GB SSD (she's upgrading from HDD, so anything will impress her.)

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June 13, 2012 12:09:10 AM

Here's a build I recommend around ~$600 range:

Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 - $69.99
PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX600 - $79.99 ($20.00 MIR)
Motherboard: Intel BOXDH77EB - $119.99
CPU: 3.3GHz Intel Core i3-2120 - $124.99
RAM: 8GB Mushkin Enhanced Silverline 1333MHz 1.5V - $42.99
HD: 500GB Western Digital Caviar Blue - $79.99
Optical: Lite On Bulk DVD Burner - $17.99
Video Card: EVGA Geforce GTX 640 - $109.99

Total: $629.91 - $20.00 MIR = $600.91

The video card isn't available yet so run off the on board GPU until you're able to get it. But the 640 is definitely better than entry level Radeons at that price range. The Geforce GTX 640 is definitely better than the onboard HD3000 of the i3-2120 and will last a lot longer. The card is equivalent to a Radeon HD 5770 / 6770.
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June 13, 2012 12:25:48 AM

Ahh, thanks for the advice so far; you guys are taking me in a radically different direction than I planned (discrete vs integrated graphics), but it's a good one.

One other quick question though... My mother has a lady-boner for MS Office 2010 Pro. Any ideas on how to get it for cheap? OEM version or something? Of course this wouldn't be included towards the $600 computer price.
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June 13, 2012 12:31:50 AM

i never paid for m ms office. my uncle just cracked it on the spot
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June 13, 2012 12:33:10 AM

if you really want the full thing, try to find a OEM version
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June 13, 2012 12:44:18 AM

TheBigTroll said:
i never paid for m ms office. my uncle just cracked it on the spot


I've never paid for MS Office either - I used to just get PCs that had it, but now I just use Open Office.
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June 13, 2012 12:56:03 AM

open office works too.:p 
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June 13, 2012 1:26:50 AM

Henjam said:
So, I'm building a new computer for my mother, so I can use some advice... Here are the specs.

Approximate Purchase Date: Hoping to buy the parts tomorrow or the next day, in order to complete build by the end of June.

Budget Range: 600 after rebates and shipping charges.

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing grandma sites, small MS Office projects, watching Casablanca.

Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Cheapest possible. I also am close to a MicroCenter in NJ for the CPU/Mobo.

Country: USA

Parts Preferences: I have no real preferences, but could we future-proof her for the next 3-5 years? Intel HD Graphics are probably right up the alley for this project?

Overclocking: Hell no

SLI or Crossfire: Lol no.

Monitor Resolution: I think she has an old 1280x1024 monitor somewhere.

Additional Comments: Pretty much all there. The only requirements are that it has at least a 128GB SSD (she's upgrading from HDD, so anything will impress her.)

http://www.amazon.com/Antec-Black-Silver-Computer-Suppl... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Antec NSK 4482 Black / Silver ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380 Watt Power Supply

http://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-Intel-Micro-Motherboards... $74.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Gigabyte LGA 1155 Intel B75 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX DDR3 1600 Motherboards GA-B75M-D3H

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $89.99
Intel Core i3 2100 LGA 1155 3.1GHz Boxed Processor

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $39.99
Crucial 8GB DDR3-1333 (PC3-10600) CL9 Dual Channel Desktop Memory Kit (Two 4GB Memory Modules)

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $15.99
Samsung 22X DVD±RW Burner with Dual Layer Support - OEM

http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Cache-Desk... $64.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml... $54.99 - $44.99 after rebate savings
EVGA 01G-P3-1335-KR NVIDIA GeForce GT 430 1024MB DDR3 PCIe 2.0 x16 Video Card

http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Buil... $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (Full) System Builder DVD 1 Pack

Total: $530.92 *not including rebates


http://www.amazon.com/Viewsonic-VA1938WA-LED-19-Inch-Wi... $89.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping
Viewsonic VA1938WA-LED 19-Inch Widescreen LED Monitor
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