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#1 locally pwned

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:14 PM

Hey folks,

I am building an Intel Atom machine for my mother in law. She is not a heavy user; just email and surfing, and needs a computer on a budget, so I think this is a good direction (mobo and proc for around 80 dollars).


I am not yet familiar with Windows 7. Will 2 gigs be enough memory to run the system smoothly, or should I be safe and add 4 (though it won't really be "four" as I am using Windows 7 32 bit ; she's not worried about performance and she'll have an easier time with compatibility this way).

It's not that memory is expensive (4 gigs of DDR2 6400, the best the board handles, is about 70 bucks), the project is just getting more expensive as time goes on (as computers are likely to do!).

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#2 DJBPace07

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 05:56 PM

It should, but Atom isn't good anymore. I would go for a standard desktop CPU, it will be heaps faster, even at the low end. I would get either an Athlon II CPU or the GIGABYTE GA-E350N-USB3 AMD E-350 APU (1.6GHz, Dual-Core) AMD Hudson-M1 FCH Mini ITX, which is in between Atom and Athlon II. I wish the Llano APU's were available at Newegg, they're even better. BTW, Windows 7 64-bit generally don't have compatibility issues anymore unless you are running software from 1996 or deep level programs.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:06 PM

Yes 2GB of ram will definitely run smooth for those every basic task.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:39 PM

What Atom processor? Many (the netbook ones) are limited to 2G RAM anyway.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:42 PM

The one DJBPace suggested can hold up to 8GB of ram.

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