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#1 dogslikeus

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Posted 19 March 2007 - 11:39 PM

so i've decided to build a new computer for my boyfriend's mother. she's had the same computer since 1999 (it used to be mine and i gave it to him and he, in turn, gave it to her). it's old. really old. i finally decided she doesn't need to be using it anymore and so a new computer is in order. all she does is browse the internet and do some light photo editing so i figure a $300 system or so should work just fine.

so far i've picked out:

case - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16811147063
psu - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16817103455
mobo - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16813186033
processor - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16819116198
memory - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16820145440
hdd - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16822144122
dvd - http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?...N82E16827131014

i'm gonna throw in my old 7600GS for the graphics card and she has a kbam and monitor so that's not an issue.

basically i need two bits of advice; will these things all play nice together and does this seem like overkill? i could scale it back to 512mb of ram which would still be more than she has now (i think her current pc may only have 128mb), but i dunno what else i could add/take away.

thanks in advance :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 02:07 AM

No. RAM is not the item you want to skimp on. If anything you should amp up to 1 GB (1024MB) of RAM.
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 07:05 AM

At that price range you would get a better bang for the buck by going AMD. A Biostar motherboard plus an Athlon 64 3200+ or 3500+ processor. If you can find a kit it would be even better.
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 07:42 AM

No. RAM is not the item you want to skimp on. If anything you should amp up to 1 GB (1024MB) of RAM.


1gb is what i originally chose, so i'll leave it at that then.

At that price range you would get a better bang for the buck by going AMD. A Biostar motherboard plus an Athlon 64 3200+ or 3500+ processor. If you can find a kit it would be even better.


i'll look into that. i hadn't considered their lower end processors. she really doesn't need anything fancy. dual core is definitely out of the question, but i'll see what AMD has to offer.

thanks :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 March 2007 - 08:24 AM

all looks fine. Def go for 1Gb ram minimum. I am not sure that the HD is the best value for money. I am not personally a great lover of WD but all that asside it seems like alot of money for what you are getting. Maybe something like this would be better for the minimal extra outlay.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16822148212
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Posted 20 March 2007 - 10:16 AM

thanks for the link, projectfocus. it's funny; i was so focused on the fact that she doesn't need a lot of hard drive space that i didn't look at larger drives that would be cheaper :thumbsup:




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