Hello, I'm looking to build a computer and I'd like to check here first to make sure that all of my parts are compatible and if anyone has any other suggestions. The computer is for my grandma and will be used primarily for Facebook games and web browsing. My budget is around $250-300, not including an OS or monitor. I'll install an OEM version of Windows 7 and I'm expecting that to be about $100. I'd like to keep it pretty simple to use, and I'm not worried about high performance at all; anything will be a huge upgrade from the Windows 98 she's using now... I'll probably use Newegg for almost everything, unless I can find cheaper elsewhere. Thank you in advance for any advice!
No it doesn't! 10 point text is 10 point text, the only thing the retina display helps with is the resolution (clarity) of that 10 point text. You would still have to zoom the page to be able to read it, and there's no point in that when it would take 4-5 swipes to read a sentence. IF the vision isn't good
Excellent build, if i were you though I would change the PSU to a better brand like corsair or xfx, never heard of that brand before, like the others have said what about a laptop? You can buy them for less than a desktop these days.
These are all great suggestions; thank you all for the input. I've thought about a laptop or even a store pc, but this would be my first real build from scratch, although I've taken apart and upgraded several computers, so I'd like to build it myself for the experience. And as far as the iPad goes, iPads are great, I'm typing this on mine right now, but I don't think one would fit the target audience..... I definitely will change the PSU now, that was my biggest concern before posting this. Thank you everyone!
I know my tablet idea isnt something thats loved by all of us builders ... but please recognize that by building your grandma a PC you are 100% on the hook for anything that goes wrong with it. You will have to install every piece of software, fix any problem, and will be blamed for any virus etc that she gets. This doesn't win points in the long run.
I don't know how often you visit her, but for this class of user I usually dont recommend a homebuilt. There is too much that can go wrong. (The nettop idea above was a good one too). A less open operating system (less risk) like android or iOS is the much less labor intensive way to let her look at grandkid pictures on facebook and email people. 99% of facebook games are also apps.
Edit: just saw your above post! Sounds good. Good luck have fun!