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February 24, 2013 1:11:17 AM

I hope someone can give me some advice here.

My mother is retired and a dedicated Farmville player, her farms are huge and covered with her collections of animals. Her computer has just died and she is looking for a new one. She cannot put together her own computer and I am thousands of miles away.

She wants a large screen at least 20" probably 24", a wireless mouse, support for Skype would be a plus. My brother is in Zambia and is on Skype.

Other than that she is really looking to support Farmville, internet browsing, etc.... Any help will be appreciated.

thanks,
Sheldon
February 24, 2013 1:26:36 AM

Are you joking about Farmville? Whatever. Here's a solid build. I have no idea if you want a silent or lots of storage etc. No idea what you mean " support for Skype ".

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($149.99 @ Microcenter)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($49.49 @ Amazon)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($105.95 @ Amazon)
Storage: OCZ Vertex 4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($84.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus Radeon HD 6670 1GB Video Card ($85.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 300W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($43.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($140.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $941.00
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 22:34 EST-0500)
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February 24, 2013 1:32:33 AM

Here is a nice build that will run fast and work well for her...
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FyWL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FyWL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FyWL/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($55.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($62.99 @ Compuvest)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 1GB Video Card ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Asus VH236H 23.0" Monitor ($157.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Keyboard: Lite-On SK-1788/BS Wired Standard Keyboard ($12.98 @ Newegg)
Mouse: Logitech M305 Wireless Optical Mouse ($27.49 @ SuperBiiz)
Total: $836.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-23 22:29 EST-0500)

Since she is also going to use skype I would recommend this web-cam...
http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-LifeCam-HD-5000-720p-We...
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February 24, 2013 1:36:47 AM

I wasn't joking about Farmville.

I take it you intel over AMD and selected the i5-3470 quad-core as being in the sweet spot of the market.
8 GB sounds reasonable.
1 TB would probably be all she needs.
Radeon HD 6670 1GB card for basic graphics.
Really hope that I can get a built machine with Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for taking the time to get me started.
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February 24, 2013 1:40:16 AM

Np. I think all pre-builts come with Home Premium, but if you're building it yourself, you need a disk copy, if that's what you mean.
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February 24, 2013 1:49:36 AM

I'm finding most of the pre-builts come with Windows 8. I believe she was using either xp or vista. I can't really build it myself because she is in Philadelphia and I'm in Denver. I may wind up suggesting something from Dell for her to buy.
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February 24, 2013 1:50:55 AM

SheldonP said:
I wasn't joking about Farmville.

I take it you intel over AMD and selected the i5-3470 quad-core as being in the sweet spot of the market.
8 GB sounds reasonable.
1 TB would probably be all she needs.
Radeon HD 6670 1GB card for basic graphics.
Really hope that I can get a built machine with Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for taking the time to get me started.

srsly why sould you spend so much $$ just to play Farmville...
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Fzb5
if u insist of getting Intel's CPU, a dual core i3-3225 will be more than enough... the iGPU alone is enough for games like Farmville so you don't really need to buy a GPU... :sweat: 
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February 24, 2013 1:53:12 AM

SheldonP said:
I'm finding most of the pre-builts come with Windows 8. I believe she was using either xp or vista. I can't really build it myself because she is in Philadelphia and I'm in Denver. I may wind up suggesting something from Dell for her to buy.

NCIX.com and Cyberpower will be a good choice...
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February 24, 2013 1:56:23 AM

My mother spends a lot of her day on Farmville, 4+ hours a day. She may have 100+ animated animals on each of her farms. She is a collector and has been playing from the beginning. I don't have any prejudices her, all the machines I've built have been AMD's they work fine for me. I just have no idea what resources Farmville uses and what would help.
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February 24, 2013 1:59:19 AM

SheldonP said:
My mother spends a lot of her day on Farmville, 4+ hours a day. She may have 100+ animated animals on each of her farms. She is a collector and has been playing from the beginning. I don't have any prejudices her, all the machines I've built have been AMD's they work fine for me. I just have no idea what resources Farmville uses and what would help.

an AMD A4 CPU with its own APU alone is enough for her...
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February 24, 2013 2:02:35 AM

TimeLass said:
an AMD A4 CPU with its own APU alone is enough for her...


Actually, when this is a cluster of things in Farmville, the APU may have trouble keeping up.
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February 24, 2013 2:19:13 AM

Would a separate GPU be more appropriate. She can easily fit thousands of these creatures on her farms.
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February 24, 2013 2:28:04 AM

Yes it would be more appropriate and more efficient. Jesus, thousands?! If you have a lot of these animals, it would be better to have a seperate GPU running these tasks, instead of it sharing the CPU.
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February 24, 2013 2:41:28 AM

Sadly yes, the farms are at least 40x40 plots and multiple animals can fit in each plot, maybe 2-6.
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February 24, 2013 3:02:10 AM

SHORYUKEN said:
Yes it would be more appropriate and more efficient. Jesus, thousands?! If you have a lot of these animals, it would be better to have a seperate GPU running these tasks, instead of it sharing the CPU.

disable Hybrid CFX and let the HD6670 and A6 do their task on their own will do no? :sweat: 
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February 24, 2013 3:04:48 AM

SheldonP said:
Sadly yes, the farms are at least 40x40 plots and multiple animals can fit in each plot, maybe 2-6.

but still i think that you do not have to spend over $750 just for games like Farmville... idk... up to you to make your decision :bounce: 
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February 24, 2013 4:04:14 AM

I'm looking at the following
HP Pavilion HPE h8-1360t Desktop PC
B4J27AV#ABA

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
No secondary hard drive
1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 7570 [HDMI, DVI, VGA via adapter]
300W Power supply
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 2 USB 3.0 (top)
Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
No additional security software
No TV Tuner
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse
Adobe Premiere Elements & Photoshop Elements 10

Which is 699.00, the monitor is more. I'm finding getting a video card in a pre built system difficult.
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February 24, 2013 4:07:08 AM

SheldonP said:
I'm looking at the following
HP Pavilion HPE h8-1360t Desktop PC
B4J27AV#ABA

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
3rd Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3770 quad-core processor [3.4GHz, 8MB Shared Cache]
8GB DDR3-1333MHz SDRAM [2 DIMMs]
1TB 7200 rpm SATA hard drive
No secondary hard drive
1GB DDR3 AMD Radeon HD 7570 [HDMI, DVI, VGA via adapter]
300W Power supply
Wireless-N LAN card (1x1)
15-in-1 memory card reader, 2 USB 2.0 (front), 2 USB 3.0 (top)
Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word & Excel w/ ads. No PowerPoint or Outlook
No additional security software
No TV Tuner
SuperMulti DVD Burner
Beats Audio (tm) -- integrated studio quality sound
Premium HP keyboard and optical mouse
Adobe Premiere Elements & Photoshop Elements 10

Which is 699.00, the monitor is more. I'm finding getting a video card in a pre built system difficult.

That's a nice PC...7570 will do fine for Farmville
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February 24, 2013 4:28:48 AM

I think he was being sarcastic
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February 24, 2013 8:48:59 AM

Oh dear...
any computer that runs a supported operating system from Skype will be able to use it (which is probably all operating systems)
and Farmville will not run faster with a faster video card because its got nothing to do with it
Farmville runs in a browser so if it feels slow then you have a problem with your internet connection
your mother DOES NOT need you to build a computer for her
what she needs is a prebuilt that works out of the box with microphone and speakers to use Skype
you can even tell her to buy a all in one and eliminate the hassle of having a case
the only thing you have to worry about is that all new computers come with windows 8 and its not as easy to learn to use as some tech guys says
it does require some teaching but nothing too deep

the Inspirion One 23 with the Core i3 would be more than enough for your mom
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-one-23-2330-aio/fs
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February 24, 2013 3:16:41 PM

The HP computer I listed went up $100.00 over night and wouldn't ship for a month so it is out. Flash player will use hardware scaling through Direct X 9 and higher. I would assume that this is supported through all integrated features. Farmville does cache bitmapped and vector graphic information on disk. It is clear that the game is designed to work on low level hardware but it is not clear how much attention is paid to large scale farmers. Thanks for all the help and suggestions. I'm going to follow tomate2's suggestion that she find a Skype Capable machine but recommend that she look for 6-8 GB of memory. She would like the machine to last 10 years.
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February 24, 2013 3:55:06 PM

Best answer selected by SheldonP.
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February 24, 2013 8:57:56 PM

Thank you for all your responses. Next time I build or buy a computer, I'm definitely posting here.
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