Good computer build for my mum?
Topic: My case software review
July 16, 2019 / By Briar Question:
t's my mum's 50th coming up, and I want to build her a computer to give to her. It doesn't have to be very powerful, because all she'll do is surf the internet mostly, listen to some music and work from home (she dials in remotely to the server at the place she works at), and I also don't want to spend a lot of money. This is what I have come up with:
CPU: Intel Core i3-2130
Motherboard: ASUS P8H61-M-LE
Memory: Kingstom 4GB Kit
HDD: Seagate 3.5" Barracuda Green Drive OR a 1TB Black drive. Does anyone know how much slower boot times are between the two?
Optical: Samsung SATA 22x DVD RW
Case (with PSU): Coolermaster Elite RC-343-KKR420-AU
As for an OS, I might stick to XP, as I already have it, to save a bit of money instead of buying Windows 7.
Thoughts and/or suggestions?
Best Answers: Good computer build for my mum?
Ahian | 2 days ago
If she's just using it for work purposes and music/movies you can save some cash. Drop down from from Core i3 2130 to a Sandy bridge Pentium G850 for $88. It's still plenty for tasks like that.
Not much difference between the two drives in boot times.
On the OS that's a tough call. XP is quite old now, drivers for new hardware may be an issue and you wouldn't want to be in a situation where her office updates their remote access software to something where clients need something newer than XP.
If you want to build from scratch you're fine, but your price might not beat a low-cost system from a major manufacturer, because they basically include Windows for about $25.
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Originally Answered: Is this a good computer build for the price?
It's an excellent build. If you plan on using SLI in the future, you might want to beef up the PSU a bit. 750W is a little sparse for 2 GTX 480s - certainly not enough for 3 GTX 480s.
The Fermi GPUs (especially the 480s) scale very nicely in SLI - almost linear with very little diminishing returns.
You should opt for the i7-950 instead of the i7-930. It's only 10 AUD more for a 5% real-world-performance increase.
This BD-Burner has excellent reviews from Newegg.
If you choose to opt for a non-XMP model of RAM, Corsair XMS3 and Corsair Dominator are excellent and overclock very well. The Dominator kit only runs at 1600MHz, but at low 7-8-7-20 latencies Low latencies tends to help gaming performance more than higher clocks.
Good luck with the build.
The computer will be perfect for the things she will use them for. As for the drives the Black edition will be a bit quicker but not by all that much. Unless she needs a lot of HDD space i would recommend getting a 120gb SSD instead for almost the same price but at a much higher performance.
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Might of well buy windows 7 , windows xp support ends in 2014, might want to add a fair price graphic card like gt 440 intel graphics is really not that good , better off going with the western digital 1 tb black drive , the seagate has a slow rotation speed of 5,900 rpm compared to the wd drive which is 7,200rpm, very good specs for mom don't want to make it to complicated .
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So far so good! That computer will be fine for browsing. As for the hard drive, "green" drives have made advances in performance. My Western Digital Caviar Green gets over 100 MB/s read and write, perfectly fine for internet browsing. However there is one recommendation. To provide a smooth experience with HD internet content (YouTube, Flash, HTML5), I recommend a low end video card which will off-load the graphics from the CPU. I've linked you to a couple below:
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i'm guessing your mom isn't utilising it for some thing source-hungry, perhaps merely internet surfing and note processing, yet you probable want to apply it for gaming or some thing else extra source-intensive. So, as far as she is worried, it probable is high-quality. some factors to be conscious: -Semprons are the low-funds, bottom-of-the-variety line as far as AMD processors bypass. also they're unmarried-center while maximum processors have 2, 4, or maybe 6 cores (which supply them more desirable power). -1GB RAM isn't an undesirable lot lately, and is the *minimum* suggested for residing house windows 7 as I keep in mind. a dirt-low-cost, bottom-of-the range new computer gained't even comprise below 2GB if no longer 4. (4 a minimum of is stated.) it really is probable the position you'll really see maximum slowdown topics, as once memory fills up the device will write extra files to hardcontinual- referred to as "digital memory". having access to files off the hardcontinual is painfully slow compared to 'genuine' memory. Ask your mom if she recollects any time the position the device has been slowed suitable down and the hardcontinual ordinary has been flashing/on. back notwithstanding, relying on what you're utilising it for a memory improve is probable between the finest enhancements to get for laptops, and much more low-cost than determining to purchase an finished new device. i'm truly operating residing house windows Vista (extra bloated and source-intensive than 7) on a device of similar spec (if no longer decrease- processor clock speed of in truth a million.73GHz) and merely upgrading it from a million to 2GB superior concerns no end. fee? £15. in case you'll stumble on a good computer keep (small self sufficient ones are ideal) that may installation it for you besides and by no skill rip you off contained in the approach, this is nicely suggested.
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Originally Answered: Can i build my computer.?
If there's no static in your house, then you won't need any sort of glove/anti-static wrist strap.
And you'll definitely want thermal compound inbetween the CPU and it's heatsink, but it should already come with the heatsink (pre-applied on Intel ones, and come separately with others). If you don't have any, buy "Arctic Silver 5", as it's the best.
But it should only be used for CPU/Heatsink. A thermal pad will never work for that.
A thermal pad is what some people put on fans, to lower the temperatures a little.
And your case supports any mobos bar E-ATX, due to it being an ATX mid-tower case.
Your motherboard is an ATX motherboard, so it should fit perfectly.