Computer build.

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  1. Zz_3.14_zZ

    Zz_3.14_zZ New Member

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    Its been a while and I no longer know what is "good" anymore. I say it like that because I know most of this comes down to personal preference. But I am putting together an 'inexpensive' computer for my gf's mom. Right now she has a Dell with a P4 2.4g with 256MB of ram. The thing is a dog. I hate working on it in anyway because its just so painfully slow. I would like to get her something that is going to WOW her, but I dont want her to spend more then $600. Alls I needs is a case, mobo, processor, ram...The rest I'll just salvage from her machine.

    I'd like to get nothing less than a 2.8GHz (or less if its a dual core) and at a minimum 1 gig of ram. She's going to be running window xp pro and doing some photo printing. Thats about it. But I would really like to get her something that is not going to bog down too much when she is working with her photos.

    I don't care one way or the other with AMD or Intel. Either one will work. Thanks guys.
     
  2. crontab

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    If the only thing she's doing is extensive photo printing then more ram will be sufficient. That proc is fast enough for web/email and photo printing.

    A fresh install of the OS and more RAM would be the most cost effective solution.

    If it can take DDR2 ram then it's even better because that type is RAM is at an all time low price point.
     
  3. Zz_3.14_zZ

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    Yeah, thats what I thought. But she has a Dell...I'm not a fan of those. That and it was one of the cheap ones.

    So far I found this.

    MoBO
    ECS KA3 MVP (V1.0A) AM2 AMD 580X CrossFire ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail

    Processor
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ Windsor 2.4GHz Socket AM2 89W Dual-Core (MoBo and Proc. together are $154)

    Ram
    pqi POWER Series 2GB 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) (x2 = $73.98)
     
  4. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Don't go with ecs mobo. That's really bottom of the line.

    And where are you getting your prices from? You can get better memory for less than that.


    OCZ memory - 2gb for about $30 after $22 rebate
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227124


    Intel E2180 2ghz Allendale - $85 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116052


    Gigabyte GA-G31M-S2L with onboard video. 11ty times better than the ecs board - $75 shipped
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128078

    @ $180 after rebate ftmfw

    Then you could take the $46 bucks you're saving and put it towards a decent case with psu.
     

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