Building a new computer! Need help.

January 31, 2011 at 21:01:41
Specs: Windows 7, n/a
Hi I haven't been keeping up to date on new things that have been coming out and what is the norm now for computer speeds. Making my dad a computer... and just wanted some opinions and advice so please let me know what you think I should do.

As for the usage all my dad needs is a working computer for word processing / music / youtube etc. Would a quad core be overdoing it? Anyway some mobo/cpu/vid card specs would be awesome.

I have 2 old cases my computers were in.. should I just reuse them? And an old 500 watt power supply... should this also be replaced?

Well thanks for your opinions guys in advanced :). Price as low as I can for as good as I can get. Is pretty much what I'm looking for.

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February 1, 2011 at 04:32:22
If your old case and PSU are working fine then you can use those.
Getting a Quad Core will be expensive and will be more then needed for the usage mentioned. My Opinion to use for as low price I can go is this:

Motherboard ASUS P7H55-M LX
Processor INTEL CORE i3 540 3.06Ghz (4MB CACHE - 2.5 GT/s) (This is as low as you can go)
Hard Drive SEAGATE 500GB 3.5" HDD 16MB Cache (There is not much difference in the 250GB and 320GB HDD when compared to this one so I prefer getting a 500GB)
Graphic Card NVIDIA GT 240 Pci-eXpress 512MB 128Bits DDR3
Optical Drive ASUS DVDRW SATA (Super Multi)

This is as low as you can go if you want a decent PC. These are enough for your DAD to do his work and you can also sit down the system when its free and do some gaming. With these specs it can run about any game. Though some games would not run as good but would run on the default or low settings.

If your PSU does not work I prefer this one
and incase you decide to get new casing chose the one you like.

If you can tell be budget and I help you even more.

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February 1, 2011 at 05:43:36
A quad core is definitely overkill for the intended use of the system.

The Core-i series is the latest from Intel, but you could get off more cheaply by building an AMD system. Also, you can save yourself some money by NOT installing a video card. As long as you're not into gaming, onboard graphics should be sufficient. Even so, if you go for a Geforce GT 240, get one with GDDR5 memory, not DDR3. And I would avoid Cooler Master PSUs unless you get into the GX series.

ECS Black Series A785GM-M - $55 after rebate

AMD Athlon II X2 245 Regor - $60

Patriot 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) - $35 after rebate

CORSAIR Builder Series 430W PSU (+12V/28A) - $37 after rebate

SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA HDD - $50

And don't forget to benchtest!

How to Bench Test Your System

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February 2, 2011 at 03:52:15
The DDR3 video card is much cheaper and does not have a bad performance. For the intended use of the system the GDDR5 would be a waste of money. Cooler Master PSU is the best for what I have experienced. I have used Antec and many others and all started giving issues like FAN bearing and this and that and then I installed Cooler Master PSU and to tell you the truth I have been using this PSU since two years and there have not been any problems at all. Also 2 GB RAM would be sufficient for the use.
And as Mickliq said an AMD would be much cheaper but I'm not an AMD fan and well don't know much about it.

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February 2, 2011 at 12:03:56
Awesome guys you guys are amazing.

Here are my thoughts...

Wouldn't I need 4gigs of memory for windows 7? I guess not from what you guys were saying. I also looked up a couple of your items Agalpha and couldn't find them on newegg. Seems like my 500W power supply will be sufficient as well as my old case. I might just go with no video card and install one later if needed. I wanted to go with Intel because they run cooler and wanted a more stable system. All the computers I've built have been AMDs and they have all BSOD when it got really hot out since I'm not that great with ventilating my case. Also the heatsink fan always seems to have to be ridiculously loud to keep it cool. What heatsink do you recommend Mickliq? Maybe I'll go with AMD though since my quad core hasn't had a problem... and the technology is getting better it seems like it's more stable.

No real budget just trying to keep costs at a minimum. Also how much cheaper is it to make a computer rather than buy an already made computer with similar parts? I've always wondered this but have never done the math.

Thanks again

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February 3, 2011 at 04:58:12
Here are some options with Intel.

Motherboard - ASUS P7P55 LX LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard $79.99

CPU - Intel Core i3-550 Clarkdale 3.2GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3550 $129.99

Memory - Kingston 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model KVR1333D3/2GR $22.99

HDD - Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 ST3320418AS 320GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive $44.99

These are my recommendations if you want an Intel. For AMD ask Mickliq.

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February 4, 2011 at 12:06:47
Before I order parts I need to know if I can use my old power supply or if I should get a new one... I believe my old one is IDE... so I should get a new one correct?

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February 7, 2011 at 10:49:15
If the power is working properly then you don't need to get another one. 500Watts is fine.

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