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Discussion in 'System Builder's Advice' started by dazed554, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. dazed554 New Member

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    I need to do a build for my grandma. She doesn't need anything fancy since she mostly uses it for web browsing and email. It needs to be in the range of $500 - $600. I'm not sure what processor to choose. I was thinking possibly an E5200. How do these compare to AMD's offerings in the same price range? what about a motherboard? I have haven't dealt with Intel too much in the past.

    edit: I forgot to mention a cheap monitor(~100$) needs to be included in the price
     
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    If it's only for web browsing, I would get an athlon 64 or an e1200. 500-600 for web browsing is about twice the budget you need for a simple computer
     
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    I want to future proof it as much as possible, she was upset when her 5 year old computer started to slow down a bit.
     
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    What OS are you going to run on it? Anything else besides web browsing and email?
    Can you post specs of her 5-year-old system?
     
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    Go Phenom II. The mobo can be cheap, the cpu will run cool, and you'll still use DDR2.
     
  7. Darren

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    The E5200 is about equivalent to the Athlon 5800+ X2 :)

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    Give your grandma your current CPU and motherboard and put together a cheap Phenom II 940 build for yourself :)


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    Well its true :)

    The e5200 is only good when overclocked, at stock it isn't that fast, believe me.

    The X2 7750 isn't that fast either.
     
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    I don’t think it will because the e5200 can beat a X2 7750 at stock
     

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