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For Parents, 27" Monitor, $1000 budget

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July 21, 2012 1:25:38 AM

Approximate Purchase Date: Next two weeks

Budget Range: $1000

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Movie viewing (netflix, youtube, etc.) - I doubt there will be much gaming on this computer.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes - Shooting for ~27"

Parts to Upgrade: Everything except the speaker system and desk

Do you need to buy OS: Yes, thinking Windows 7 unless there is a very compelling reason for 8.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: California

Parts Preferences: Dependable brands

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe - If a compelling solution involving crossfire or SLI presents itself, but most likely a single card solution.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 (open to suggestions)

Additional Comments: My father and step-mother have been using a string of hand-me-down PC's for many years, currently sitting on a 15-17" CRT, Windows XP, 1.5Ghz Processor, GE Force 3 video card creature with maybe a 15 GB Hard drive. There has been a debate raging for years (yes, years) that it would be more cost effective for me to customize a desktop PC for them than drop a few thousand into a fancy All-In-One, where you pay a lot for style vs. substance. - Unexpectedly, I have been given a budget to create a desktop PC for them. Stipulations - large monitor and can play movies both from disk and off the web seamlessly.

I am a little leery of SSD at this time due to some of the failure rates. This is the third computer my father has had for himself (first was a 486 running windows 3.11, the second is the current one) so they are not likely to want to replace it for a long time, so something that is meant to last and endure (as well as can be expected).

Will probably need a UPS of some sort as well.

Much of my homebuilt systems have been gaming rigs of one sort or another, and I find myself consistently overshooting the budget when in reality the system does not need to perform higher than whatever the monitor's refresh rate is when watching something in HD (and not crash to the ground in flames if the antivirus starts scanning in the middle of a movie).

I would like to give them power that will last, though, so want to overshoot the requirements somewhat so that it is a smooth, fast, and seamless experience for them.

Additionally, we want something that is ideally power efficient and quiet. They have a dog and a cat so a good air-filter setup would be preferable.

Thanks very much!
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July 21, 2012 1:31:11 AM

better off with a 21.5inch 1080p. no point of getting large montiors unless it is 1440p/1600p. 21.5 inch 1080p monitors are clearer than 27inch 1080p


something like this would be optimal. if you would like a SSD, you will have to toss another 100 dollars for a crucial m4 128gb SSD


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July 22, 2012 3:09:57 PM

I'll definitely take the thought of the 21.5 or 24" monitor into consideration. And, oh my, the 1440 or 1600 certainly brings the price up quite a bit. Anything will be quite an improvement over the little CRT, but I do want it to be impressive.

I was thinking of something like one of the lower end 3rd gen i5 cores, perhaps an Intel Core i5-3450S Ivy Bridge, but that may be overkill. Thoughts?

I'm leaning towards an hd 7770 for the video card. It seems like overkill by a little margin while being relatively quiet and power efficient.

Can't imagine they'd need more than 4 or 8 GB of ram.
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July 22, 2012 3:40:45 PM

an i3 will be more than enough for the purposes you stated. i may have went a little high on the price of the graphic card and hard drive since you do have a larger budget. i also just picked a keyboard and mouse for a complete build. and i was temped to get a bluray optical so your parents could watch HD movies on their TV but decided to pass on that.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $883.10
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-22 11:38 EDT-0400)
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July 25, 2012 4:39:18 AM

Wonderful. This will give me a great launch point. They are now moving their budget around which messes with calculations, but this will be a great amount to work with. Thank you very much, everyone, for your input.
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July 25, 2012 4:39:38 AM

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July 25, 2012 11:24:55 AM

Anonymous said:
an i3 will be more than enough for the purposes you stated. i may have went a little high on the price of the graphic card and hard drive since you do have a larger budget. i also just picked a keyboard and mouse for a complete build. and i was temped to get a bluray optical so your parents could watch HD movies on their TV but decided to pass on that.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($27.98 @ Amazon)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($134.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 922 ATX Mid Tower Case ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 520W ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($51.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Sony DDU1681S-0B DVD/CD Drive ($17.00 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($144.98 @ NCIX US)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($90.65 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Logitech MK120 Wired Slim Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $883.10
(Prices include shipping and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-07-22 11:38 EDT-0400)



id change a couple of things

1: you can save 30 dollars on the hard drive if you scarifice some warranty. the hard drive im talking about is the seagate barracuda 1tb 64mb

2:for the monitor, i would get the vs228h-p instead as it is smaller and has a higher pixel density. i dont see the point of paying more for less clear images
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