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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    Ok, long story short here. My bro-in-law wants a new PC, as his antiquated P4 with 1GB of memory isnt cutting it anymore. I offered to upgrade it a bit, but he says if he is going to spend money he wants something newer.

    I need the essentials only:
    Mobo (can have IGP)
    CPU
    Ram
    PSU
    Hard drive

    Uses:
    Paying bills online
    Emails
    Fantasy football
    NO GAMING

    So lets see what you can come up with. Keep in mind this is something I may have to maintain, so please no poorly rated parts;)

    Thanks in advance for your time and effort:toast:
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    are you close to a microcenter? they have great deals on AMD cpus with motherboard combos

    I priced out a Athlon X4 3.0GHz with a 785 mATX mobo for a little over $300, not including $40 worth of rebates
    the rest is as follows:
    4GB DDR3 RAM
    500GB Samsung HD
    400W OCZ stealthxstream II
    Xigmatek Asgard II

    been deciding whether to bite on this or not as an additional rig
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    G31/35 775 motherboard~$70
    4GB DDR2 800MHz ram~$60
    E7200 cpu ~$100(new)
    450W Powersupply~$40
    500GB HDD~$50
    Total: $320

    Total should be well under $400 if you buy some items used.

    Upgradeable room, motherboard to a P45 mATX board with 1 PCIE slot. An ATi 4770 or 5430 would be a cheap vga alternative as well.
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    I wish:roll: Best we have here is Best Buy:(

    Thats attractive;) Wondering if I should look into 1156 with a dual though if I go Intel. Oh the choices.

    Keep 'em coming please:toast:
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    I cant argue that is a good deal for the price. Dont be afraid to get closer to the $400. This PC needs to last. The one its replacing is over 4 years old.

    Even though its grossly overpowered, a generic PSU scares me.
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    Ok, heres an 1156 build:

    i5 650 $185
    Gigabyte H55 $80
    4GB DDR3 1600(cas 8) $65
    450W PSU w/4650 ~$80(with $25 MIR)
    500GB HDD~$50

    total: $460 BUT $25 MIR and you can tell him it will last him at least 5 years no problems.
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    $305.


    Just save the $60 by going with the i3 550 for $114. It is the same processor, minus turbo, which won't really make a difference in the applications he's looking at.
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    ohhh those two are nice. I think I can get away with $450-ish, but I will get with him to clear it all. I knew there was a reason I asked here instead of doing this all by myself and failing;)

    Good call with the edit NT;)
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    Meh, theres ways of trimming that build. Cheaper ram, used HDD, lesser PSU... anyway you shape it it's still a heck of alot better than the P4. :)
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    here ya go...

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    Not really looking to go used. I want RMA-able hardware as this isn't something I really want to see too often. He does fairly well with his PC, and he doesn't get too much in the way of virus' or malware, so I shouldn't have to see it that much, but I don't want to come out of packet to help fix things of they flake out either.

    I like the 1156 build, but mainly that I honestly don't know much about AMD anymore. Seeing their procs is like useless as I don't know what they are capable of anyways. Time to do some Googling and see what AMD is capable of with the low end to mid range chips.

    @ asrock...the 760G thats pretty old as far as AMD chipsets, yeah?
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    AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz Socket AM3 125W Six-Core Desktop Processor

    GIGABYTE AM3 AMD 890GX HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Motherboard (

    OCZ Platinum 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive

    all for around $402.01, and if he can spare an extra $50 for a psu he can have one killer build
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    I have a couple newer ones around the house (PSUs). So either this or Mlees 1156 build are looking to be tops of the list so far.
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    @peet, yeah but he wouldn't really need anything better
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    I was just thinking about driver updates/support for the chipset.
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    ok i got ya there

    ok switch with this and you should be good with my build of choice

    Link
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    when I click the link I get:
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    Hia Sneeky !

    For a little more you can get something with an Amd 850 southbridge. USB3 and SATA3 are future proof and you'll have a better chance at unlocking a cpu. :cool:
    Do you know how to tell a Propus from a Deneb ?
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    While thats a good way to go for me who is looking to tweak and gain free stuff, I think for this build I would be better off leaving things stock as to not incur an oddities that might show up over the long term;)
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    It leaves your options open in case his needs change. :D Some of the Amd chipsets have added sideport memory for the onboard Gpu, btw...
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    Holy crap, a hexa core for email?

    If someone was going to be banging on my door for support I'd just want to be something simple with good quality components.

    [​IMG]

    2.8 GHz Sempron
    Asus 880G Micro-ATX
    4GB memory
    320GB Samsung F4
    Asus optical disk
    Rosewill Micro-ATX case
    300w SeaSonic 80+ PSU
    800RPM Scythe S-Flex case fan
    Windows 7 Home

    I think that would be a very decent basic computer.
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    A hexacore would definitively be overkill, but definitively AWESOME lol.

    I'd suggest the hexacore just because it is so much more worth it, the resell value will kick the lga 1156 ASS and I love overkill. did I mention that it would totally be kick ass? Also, if he keeps his comp 10 years, who knows what he could get in to, or if he gives it to his son or something.

    Also upgradability would be very easy and good, and maintenance shouldn't be anymore more than the i3
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    Some nice work here... heres one i did months ago looked nice when it was done I did change the fans tho ...... Newegg.com Account Login Page I notice people are like patriots they like shiney things
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    Link doesn't seem to be public trigger:(

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