Might as well get him a decent videocard I agree. Then he can at least play some games.
LOL. He's 65. He's not into playing video games. I tried to get him to try FS a few years back, he wasn't interested because he flew CF-104's in the late 60's. If it doesn't go Mach 2, he doesn't want to fly it.
$1000 budget is cheap to him, last system he bought was $2200, but I gotta include monitor and kb/mouse in there because the old system is going to my sister. Her system is so old it came with Windows ME.
I've changed my mind again, here's a list of parts:
Nice find raven, I hadn't seen that logo for a while. 441 was a reconnaisance squadron while Dad was flying, low level high speed inserts. It's no wonder they lost so many pilots and planes. Lots of bird strikes. He's got some pretty cool pictures, some with the red Top Secret stamp still on them. They were declassified before he left.
Wow, I wandered totally afield with this thread sorry.
Back on topic,
For my friend Mike, SKYMTL had suggested an 8300 or 780G board. Any specific recommendations anyone? I haven't built an AMD system in a couple of years.
How about a Shuttle-based system? I built one for my Mom using the SD30G2B - slick, small and powerful enough with an E7200 and onboard graphics. There is also an AMD+ version, the SN68SG2 with nVidia GF7025 onboard graphics.