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Alright,

It's not a computer for me, but my mother was talking about upgrading. And I said don't do anything yet, and asked for a price range.

She didn't really have a price range since she said she was waiting for taxes. But I'd say anywhere from the $1k - 1.2k range at the most. So anyways. . shoot out your thoughts and ideas. This computer will mostly be for her work stuff, although she will watch movies/tv shows from time to time. She'll be wanting to have a dual monitor set up as well.


Need any more info, just let me know.


Thanks! :)

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Okay, I have a computer that I am building that would future proof her for the next 5 to 10 years. if that is all she is doing. I will be posting Newegg links below.

This is with the assumption that there is a case to put all of this in, and she already has a keyboard and mouse combo that is USB compliant.

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131735[/url]
Motherboard

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103961[/url]
Processor

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231314[/url]
Ram

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814102908[/url]
Video Card

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840[/url]
Hard Drive

[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009235"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009235[/url]
Monitors

Total Cost for all parts: $1006.90

There are of course far cheaper options however, this one will prove to be able to be utilized for the next 5 to 10 years.

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Go pick out a Dell, HP, or something that come with tech support. You can find similar specs preconfigured from them and if she is like most mothers has no need for all the horsepower listed above. Otherwise you are going to be doomed to the 9th level of hell playing phone support for the next 3 months.......

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I haven't has any issues with my current computer and she hasn't gad any issues with her computers. She's smarter than most mothers as she just finished up her second doctorates degree. :)

tech support isn't a problem especially since shes always had her last few computers built by people

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[quote name='Controlled Kaoz' timestamp='1330317294' post='20430']
LOL! That is always an option! One you would probably benefit from considering the FX brand of processor is cutting edge and a true 8 core.
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Im gonna diagree with you on that. First the motherboard is overkill. Its not like she is going to be doing extreme overclocking or doing hardcore calculations for scientific research. Also you seem to be an AMD fan, and thats all well and good, but the intel sandy bridge with half the cores beats the AMD A8 cpu many times. Take the i52500k for example:

[url="http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434"]http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434[/url]

or a i7 2600k:

[url="http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=434"]http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=434[/url]

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[quote name='-Grimreaperx2-' timestamp='1330406901' post='20496']
Im gonna diagree with you on that. First the motherboard is overkill. Its not like she is going to be doing extreme overclocking or doing hardcore calculations for scientific research. Also you seem to be an AMD fan, and thats all well and good, but the intel sandy bridge with half the cores beats the AMD A8 cpu many times. Take the i52500k for example:

[url="http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/288?vs=434"]http://www.anandtech...duct/288?vs=434[/url]

or a i7 2600k:

[url="http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/287?vs=434"]http://www.anandtech...duct/287?vs=434[/url]
[/quote]

that's why I said I'll just take it and give her mine :P


But thank you all for the suggestions so far. . keep them coming :)

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1k-1.2k is a very nice and roomy budget to work with. Make it rain!

Heres my build:

Fo sho! The 2500k!:
4 core, 4 threads, one of the best bang for your buck cpus on the market, good for gaming to video encoding and occasional school/office work
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=i5%202500%20k"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072&Tpk=i5%202500%20k[/url]
225.00

Motherboard, no need to go overboard on something insane SLI/Cross fire capabilities. Also setup with a z68 chipset so you can use the integrated card if needed or add your own choice of gpu. In addition the z68 chipset features SSD caching. Motherboard also has 6.0 Sata, USB 3.0, UEFI, and built in Bluetooth:
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131790[/url]
205.00

Memory: Brands such as Corsair and G.Skill are about the only 2 I have really used for my builds and both served me well. I prefer Corsair. Dont get caught up in the hype memory with the crazy heat sinks, I learned that the hard way. Make sure to match the memory speed to the fastest the [color=#ff0000]CPU[/color] can handle which in this case is 1600 mhz:
Figure out how much Ram you need, I recommend 8gbs:
2x [url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145339[/url]
30.00 (each)

Video card: I am a Nvidia fan, for good reason I have used Radeon and on the contrary to the claim of better performance for the price, I think it is a bogus argument. The 560 ti is a good choice. I like EVGA for their lifetime warranty and this one has dual cooling fans to keep the noise down (hopefully) the 560 is the newer 470, cooler and better on power:
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130651[/url]
250.00

Corsair 750tx PSU, This will feed your system nicely and should be able to handle dual video card setups:
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=750tx"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139021&Tpk=750tx[/url]
110.00

Samsung Spinpoint F3 1tb, a lot of people dont like samsung drives. I for one love mine so far. According to tomshardware.com benchmarks this HDD preforms well with good read and write speed. I have been using mine for a year plus, no issues:
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152185[/url]
160.00 (due to the stupid flooding, prices are still sky high)

CPU cooler, The stock coolers do an ok just but if you have the money go ahead and get this cooler. The Hyper 212 by cooler master is a great cooler for its bang for the buck factor. It has great cooling with a lower price:
[url="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099"]http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099[/url]
35.00

Then pick the case of your liking, additional cooling fans if needed, and optical drives.

Before anyone responds, yes I am very picky about my brands and parts. I do lots of comparisons with benchmarks and reviews and blah blah and so on. Although I might seem like and Intel and Nvidia fan boy, its because they do preform extremely well and I am going to go with who ever puts the best results. This is in my mind is a solid build, but a suggestion. Feel free everyone to criticize my picks or change on it.

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Going over the needed build you can probably pick a cheaper video card. I think the 560 ti, unless for gaming or the sort, is overkill for her. A nice gts 450 would do nicely. And you could even go cheaper on the board a bit too since SLI/Cross might not be a necessity.

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[size=5][font=Trebuchet MS][color=#333333][url="http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5nqz"]http://pcpartpicker.com/p/5nqz[/url] is probably what I would build, my build is pretty close to that.[/color][/font][/size] Edited by Tactica1Sn1per

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While you did give a price range I haven't seen any builds I would support. These guys seem to be loading her with stuff she doesn't need. Tacticle snipers build is closest but she doesn't need a VelociRaptor harddrive. Instead I would give her more space due to the fact that she's watching  movies.  Also I would lower the cooler and go with something around stock but quieter. She doesn't need a BA case either. I do think getting her a ceritfied power supply is a good idea however. I'd also go with a more generic ram. Ripjaws is great for quality and gaming but they're also a name brand and expensive. I used them in my build but I was building for gaming. In terms of the video card I would bump of size but you don't need to much speed so don't be like she needs the titan cuz it got 6gb. the reasoning behind this is the dual monitors.  I'd also bump her up to a i7. This one specifically  due to the low power consumption.  A sound card would be nice also for the movies. 

Just my thoughts and thank you tactile for the website. I like it.

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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/Hdof

 

Gives you the most bang for your buck and saves some money here and there if all she is doing is school, business, and media type stuff. Fancy ish case but still practical and has some bells and whistles still. Went with a GT 620 gpu. They are cheap and perfect for getting a little extra crispness out of BRD's. Platinum certified PSU for a little more economical use. Everything here was chosen on a "power draw vs. quality vs. bang per buck" basis. Also went with a 2tb HDD because it was only .0062 dollars per GB...yeahbro. If she needs any more storage than that god bless her soul. Still only worked out to like 1000 bucks.

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you people and your audio cards. 1) If you don't work with sound a music for a living you will not make use of it 2) If you are not an audiophile who has TB and TB of FLAC files, you will not be able to tell the difference anyways. 3) Most on board sound cards are HD and are perfectly 7.1 capable 4) Most software doesn't even "know" how to make use of sound cards so they just revert to the on board card and send the signal through the sound card if that is where the default audio device is.

 

Moving on, Windows 8 is a fantastic OS, almost if not all programs are forward compatible with it, it's more stable than anything MS has ever released, it's more secure than anything MS has released, it's more efficient than anything MS has released, and it's a hell of a lot more organised. Furthermore if anyone dares to refute this, think of this. Since Win8 has launched the only time I have shut down my computer was when I was loading new software onto it. So far it has been running 24/7 for about 2 months (haven't installed the new nvidia drivers yet) with no issues at all. When I go to bed at night I switch power plans and it idles down to where it's using none of my CPU and a measly GB of RAM (barely.) Methinks someone is bashing products out their ass with no support or documentation.

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