1) I figure an AMD based system would be the best bang for the buck and would like to have a good foundation for future upgrades.
2) Quad Core would be nice.
3) They do some gaming on it, not sure which games, but thinking 1 gig of memory on the vid card.
4) Will be running their old Win XP, so 2 gig of memory minimum. (if it can be built within the buget with 4 gigs and Win 7 family pack, that would be a plus)
5) 500 Gig SATA drive to start
They have a full tower case, a new 400 watt Thermaltake PSU, CD/DVD drive, keyboard, mouse and fans.
what would you recommend?
Edit: What I came up with:
Asus m4A89GTD Pro with onboard ATI Radeon HD 4290 GPU $150
AMD PhenomII X4 3.2 Quad 95 Watt $110
GSkill (or equivalant) 2X2gig (4 gigs) 1600 $50
WD 750Gig 6GBS SATA $70
Win7 Family pack $129
This puts us at a little over $500.
I'm not a big fan of onboard video, but it has room for a better card later.
Edited by Flabum, 13 April 2011 - 10:38 PM.