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$400 system for Grandparents

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October 28, 2012 1:20:08 AM

She will be using this for emails and such. This is what I have in mind, any other suggestions (other than getting a cheapo ssd)?

CPU: Intel g2120-$94.99 @ Newegg

Motherboard: ASRock B75 Pro3 ATX $74.99 @ Newegg

Disk Drive: ASUS 24X DVD Burner $19.99 @ Newegg

Case: Rosewill CHALLENGER $49.99 @ Newegg

Hard Drive: Western Digital Blue 500GB 7200 RPM 6.0Gb/s $69.99@ Newegg

Power Supply: Thermaltake TR2 430w $39.99 @ Newegg

RAM: Corsair XMS3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3 1600 $ 39.99 @ Newegg

Subtotal is a bit less than $400. Anything I should change?
October 28, 2012 1:30:32 AM

I don't think they will be using 8GB RAM anytime soon. Save yourself $20 and get 4GB
October 28, 2012 1:33:41 AM

And get a cheaper CPU. Get a Sandy Bridge Pentium. That will save you a fair bit of money.
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October 28, 2012 1:34:39 AM

The money saved can get you a good 64GB SSD as a boot drive.

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October 28, 2012 1:37:58 AM

Well.. Cmon guys. We don't know if they game or not.. ;) 

But seriously, I doubt it, so integrated graphics will be fine.

Go with a cheap pentium, or an i3.

4gb will be fine, they won't even go past 2gb probably.

Any cheap optical drive will also be fine.

Also, I have the rose will challenger. It's kinda big, so be prepared.
October 28, 2012 2:47:49 AM

The Corsair CX 430 is a more reliable PSU and is 5 dollars cheaper with a mail in rebate.

You can get a Seagate drive 500GB SATA 6.0 GB/s for $15 less at NCIX US, including shipping.

If you're only using 1333 MHz RAM, you might as well go Sandy Bridge. 1333 MHz is the standard for Sandy Bridge, and there isn't a SIGNIFICANT perfomance difference. It'll be slight, hardly noticeable. Take lchrisk's advice, and drop down to a G630. They probably won't notice a difference, lol.

October 28, 2012 2:54:18 AM

Have you considered what operating system they are going to use?
November 4, 2012 2:26:54 PM

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February 23, 2013 11:51:52 PM

Honestly, a used low-end system would have worked and would have been cheaper. :p