• Building computer for my mom, $200-$300, barely has to do anything.
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My moms computer is old as shit, it shipped with windows 95, and we've been running XP for a few years, but it's sluggish as fuck (about 30 minutes to boot, 10 to load the desktop, 10 to open any programs). We have an OS, and I'm sure we can just use the case we have unless there's a really cheap one that looks nice, as our current one is an ugly generic grey one. She only does some typing, emailing, and occasionally goes online, it doesn't need to be able to run games good or anything (though if it would be possible in the price range, that'd be awesome).
Are you in America?
Yeah, probably should have put that in somewhere.
I should have worked it out from 'mom'.
[QUOTE=CrazySpray;15721044]I should have worked it out from 'mom'.[/QUOTE] I'm sure there's some people that aren't american that say mom over mum.
Do you have a screen?
[QUOTE=CrazySpray;15721118]Do you have a screen?[/QUOTE] Yeah, a VGA one.
To be honest, for that much it is almost better to buy a prebuilt. Check out HP or Gateway, they have nice computers on the cheap.
[img]http://filesmelt.com/Imagehosting/pics/410b0e04b235243b393a08e277bbf86f.JPG[/img]
I'd go for a bigger Hard Drive, 80Gb is really tight - even for a mom/mum.
[url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136075[/url] There we go and he is at 300 dollars almost exactly.
For something like this don't bother with newegg, thats too high end. You need to find a site like [url=http://www.aria.co.uk/Systems/Special+Offers]this[/url] that sells compact computers in the US
Laptop or desktop? Edit: I'm assuming you already have the peripherals. [img]http://i40.tinypic.com/330b9jr.png[/img]
[url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.201768[/url] combo case and psu for 10$ less actually even better [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119118[/url]
[QUOTE=ButtsexV2;15724145]Laptop or desktop? Edit: I'm assuming you already have the peripherals. [img]http://i40.tinypic.com/330b9jr.png[/img][/QUOTE] Better cpu but only a gig of ram and a crappy psu.
[QUOTE=sbradford27;15722924][img]http://filesmelt.com/Imagehosting/pics/410b0e04b235243b393a08e277bbf86f.JPG[/img][/QUOTE] It's funny. Look how good that is for the price and than look at this [url]http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9170835&type=product&id=1218043607320[/url]
[QUOTE=sbradford27;15725703]Better cpu but only a gig of ram and a crappy psu.[/QUOTE] It barely has to do shit, and the PSU is almost overkill for a cheap build like this.
Go for a nice, slim, prebuilt - should do the trick.
[QUOTE=sbradford27;15725703]Better cpu but only a gig of ram and a crappy psu.[/QUOTE] Well, it might be a crappy PSU, but you don't know shit about PSU's it seems. 460 watt and 4GB RAM for a machine that's only used for internetting and Word? A 460 Watt PSU is enough to power a high-end gaming machine ( with one graphics card ). 300 watts would be fine.
He also needs to brush up on his CPUs as well. The E7400 is suitable for some gaming...it is total overkill when it comes to what this guy's mom wants to do.
Who cares if it doesn't have to do much wouldn't it be nicer if it ran better? Also the 460 watts psu was just because it is a cheaper reputable brand.
[QUOTE=sbradford27;15725957]Who cares if it doesn't have to do much wouldn't it be nicer if it ran better? [/QUOTE] You're grasping at straws now. I use that shitbox AMD build I posted a while ago for web browsing. It uses a BE-2300 CPU/2GB DDR2 667/5400 RPM Seagate drive, and it runs just fine. In terms of strictly checking emails and word processing it's just fast as my gaming machine, because I'm not requesting much from it.
[QUOTE=Zorlok;15726026]You're grasping at straws now. I use that shitbox AMD build I posted a while ago for web browsing. It uses a BE-2300 CPU/2GB DDR2 667/5400 RPM Seagate drive, and it runs just fine. In terms of strictly checking emails and word processing it's just fast as my gaming machine, because I'm not requesting much from it.[/QUOTE] Why am grasping at straws even people who barely use computers can tell when there isn't much ram they won't say "there isn't enough ram in this computer" they will just say it is slow. My grandma has a computer that came with 512mb of ram and she could tell it was slow so I am upgrading it to 2 gigs.
[url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103187[/url] Unfortunately it is deactivated, because that's a very nice budget CPU. It is perfect for a build like this guy's mom wants.
I might have missed something. [img]http://imgkk.com/i/Nvv57Har.png[/img] :clint:
[QUOTE=sbradford27;15726072]Why am grasping at straws even people who barely use computers can tell when there isn't much ram they won't say "there isn't enough ram in this computer" they will just say it is slow. My grandma has a computer that came with 512mb of ram and she could tell it was slow so I am upgrading it to 2 gigs.[/QUOTE] You're missing my point. The E7400 is not a 'crappy' CPU. It is overkill for what this guy's mom wants to do, and so that AMD CPU in your build. Yours is not going to have any noticeable speed increase when it comes to word processing and checking emails. If you honestly think it will, just stop posting here. I am not faulting you on the RAM. I would rather 2GB, even though 1GB is going to be fine if they stuck a Linux distribution or even XP on it.
[QUOTE=SomeFaggot;15726084]I might have missed something. [img]http://imgkk.com/i/Nvv57Har.png[/img] :clint:[/QUOTE] [url]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116677[/url] You could throw this in and it would be just over 300 and could get windows 7 in the future. [editline]02:28PM[/editline] [QUOTE=Zorlok;15726094]You're missing my point. The E7400 is not a 'crappy' CPU. It is overkill for what this guy's mom wants to do, and so that AMD CPU in your build. Yours is not going to have any noticeable speed increase when it comes to word processing and checking emails. If you honestly think it will, just stop posting here.[/QUOTE] [QUOTE]Better cpu but only a gig of ram and a crappy psu.[/QUOTE] I said it was a better cpu.
Okay I thought you saying yours had a better CPU, and his had the crappy stuff.
Anyone have any critique for what I've put together?
ASRock board = no thanks PSU = no thanks Case = so so Everything else is fine. [editline]02:36PM[/editline] [QUOTE=sbradford27;15726105]The only reason I say go with the better cpus and ram is cause it will need fewer upgrades in the future.[/QUOTE] Er...that is common sense.
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