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The Mad Monk
28-05-2005, 12:49:05
http://secure.newegg.com/NewVersion/WishList/WishDetail.asp?position=HISTORY&ID=1521158&WishListTitle=Mom's%20New%20Computer
I have more pieces to add, but how does it look so far?

I have in mind a "decent" computer that can do office tasks, browsing, and photoediting, but not necessarily videoediting.

Mom is not a gamer.

zmama
28-05-2005, 14:12:52
Can't view it.
You'll have to copy and paste

The Mad Monk
28-05-2005, 15:35:08
http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16813131513

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16814102326

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16817103910

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16819103483

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16820145440

http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16822135106

2 of the drives, for ease of backing up.

The K8V-X is cheaper then the K8V SE Deluxe, but I'm not sure why.

The Mad Monk
28-05-2005, 18:13:37
Also, which OS?

She is used to XP Home.

fp
28-05-2005, 22:37:47
Then you may as well stick with XP Home.

zmama
29-05-2005, 00:13:02
I like big power supplies, but thats overkill for your mom's machine

this one would even be more than she'd need, but would be what I would buy

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16817103935

The Mad Monk
29-05-2005, 03:36:48
OK, I was wondering about that, but I figured "when in doubt, MORE POWER!"

I'll get the smaller one. :)

Jeratain
29-05-2005, 09:14:39
It looks good and quite proper for a system for anyone's mother.

My only two ideas that I throw out there just for the hell of it are:

1) You can build a mini-PC by purchasing one of those Mac-Mini sized cases and peripherrals if your mother like small sheik systems. Otherwise, who cares?

2) You can build a Media Center PC by purchasing the supported TV Capture Card and Windows XP Media Center, if your mother wants to have Tivo functionality and watch telvision via her computer. Otherwise, who cares?

I hope she likes the system!

The Mad Monk
29-05-2005, 21:38:11
I hope so too. :)

I specifically asked about the "media center" option, and she's seen mine in action, but she isn't interested.

It will be at least a minitower, and probably a full tower.

Cruddy
30-05-2005, 01:16:32
Originally posted by The Mad Monk

The K8V-X is cheaper then the K8V SE Deluxe, but I'm not sure why. [/B]

I think the other has a WiFi adaptor built into the card.

I think your Mom's computer is going to be way over specification.

Maybe she might prefer a laptop?

Deacon
30-05-2005, 05:14:24
The Athlon 64 3200 is probably overkill. A Socket 754 Sempron would save some money, and Socket A would save more money. A Radeon 9200 is good enough to play DVDs with. To be super cheap, there's the Intel 865G platform. "Free" graphics. :)

If I'm not mistaken, the Athlon 64s and their Sempron versions don't run as hot as the previous Athlon. The AMD website should have a breakdown of every processor's "vital stats".

The Mad Monk
31-05-2005, 17:03:40
I want to balance cheapness with longevity -- so this is about as low as I am willing to go on processing power.

Cruddy
31-05-2005, 23:25:57
Originally posted by The Mad Monk
I want to balance cheapness with longevity -- so this is about as low as I am willing to go on processing power.

Well, if it's LONGEVITY, why not go cheaper processor but on a 939 mobo?

That way, if your Mom ever needs a dual core Opteron she'll have the option.

Also, why dual channel? Why not single stick of 1Gb 3200?

"Your Mom is not a gamer".

There could be a good reason for this... but I can't think of one.