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Building system for Mum & Dad

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#1
I'd appreciate some feedback on my selections for a new machine for my parents. I've got some difficulties ahead, they are aged 66 and 70, and have never used a computer before. Now they want that broadband thing everyone talks about.....

I was thinking the following
Case: Coolermaster elite + 350W PSU
Ram: Corsair val select PC 5300 2GB
Drive: Samsung HD161Hj 160GB
processor: my current E6320
Screen: AOC 22"with inbuilt speakers
OS: Vista home premium

I have three mobo I'm looking at, all Gigabyte with integrates graphics

GA-31M-S2L
GA-PVM-S2H
GA-G33M-DS2R

What is better, Intel 3100 or Geforce 7100? Will they run a 22"screen? If any games are played, it will be solitare...

Thanks in advance
 
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PSU on the small side ...
 
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yes, it's 'economical'. Do you think I should definitely change it?
 

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PSU on the small side ...
I always question the quality of power supplies that come with cases, but a 350w psu will be fine on a budget "mom and dad" rig, with onboard video.
 

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You can always get a psu later, if it does die. Oh, and the Geforce 7100 is better onboard graphics, and will be fine for solitaire on that monitor.
 
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Do you think they need 2GB of RAM?
 

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Do you think they need 2GB of RAM?
The 2GB is worth it, considering the price of RAM right now. If he goes with 1GB, then wants to upgrade it in a year, finding DDR2 for a decent price may be a lot harder, since DDR3 will be the new standard by then.
 
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A quick google for those graphics solutions....the nvidia option seems to be the better solution
the intel seems only to have vga not dvi connection..i gather your getting the coolermaster elite 340 (micro atx)...looks awesome...the psu included will be fine...try and use sata hdd and cd/dvd to keep it neat...great little build.
 
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Do you think they need 2GB of RAM?
probably not but where I buy from, the prices are

512Mb = $35
1GB = $35
2GB = $59

I couldn't see there was much benefit in cutting the RAM back. I'm also unsure whether the on board graphics will want to use some of the RAM
 

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probably not but where I buy from, the prices are

512Mb = $35
1GB = $35
2GB = $59

I couldn't see there was much benefit in cutting the RAM back. I'm also unsure whether the on board graphics will want to use some of the RAM
They WILL want to use the RAM. Money well spent here.
 
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A quick google for those graphics solutions....the nvidia option seems to be the better solution
the intel seems only to have vga not dvi connection..i gather your getting the coolermaster elite 340 (micro atx)...looks awesome...the psu included will be fine...try and use sata hdd and cd/dvd to keep it neat...great little build.
Yes - that case looks exactly what I had in mind and a tidy price too. $62AUD
and yes, I'll be going SATA. Might even try and do the cables tidy as well (if I can get better than 5/10 from tk, I'm on the right track)
 

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Can i just say if you buy a psu thats 600watt it will still be as economical as a 350watt because it will only use 600watt if the systems hardware needs it. Its also better to buy a slightly bigger psu than the system requirements "even if its cheap" because it puts less strain on the psu and stops it from overheating which should give it a longer life too.