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Old June 10, 2010, 05:23 PM
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So my Grandparents want me to build them a computer (I'm 12 and I build computers). The computer is just for internet, solitaire, etc. What do you think of these parts

Mobo: Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GA-MA78LM-S2H AMD760G mATX AM3/AM2+ PCI-E DDR2 SATA2 Video Sound GBLAN HDMI Motherboard - GA-MA78LM-S2H In Canada. $62

CPU: AMD Phenom II x2 550 NCIX.com - Buy AMD Phenom II X2 550 Dual Core Processor Socket AM3 3.1GHZ 6MB L3 Cache 80W Retail Box - HDX550WFGMBOX In Canada. $71

RAM: Kingston HyperX PC2-6400 DDR2 2GB NCIX.com - Buy Kingston HyperX PC2-6400 2GB 2X1GB DDR2 800MHZ CL4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory Kit - KHX6400D2LLK2/2G In Canada. $61

HDD: WD Caviar SE16 250GB NCIX.com - Buy Western Digital Caviar SE16 250GB SATA2 7200RPM 16MB 8.9MS Hard Drive OEM 3YR MFR Warranty - WD2500AAKS In Canada. $44

Case: Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster CM 690 II Basic ATX Mid Tower Case Black 4X5.25 6X3.5INT Front USB eSATA Audio *No PSU* - RC-692-KKN3 In Canada. $71

Wireless Card:Gigabyte GN-WP01GS NCIX.com - Buy Gigabyte GN-WP01GS(1.0) Wireless 802.11B/G PCI Adapter 54MBPS Software Access Point Smart SETUP3 - GN-WP01GS In Canada. $16

PSU: Silverstone Strider ST350 NCIX.com - Buy Silverstone Strider ST350 350W ATX12V 20/24PIN Power Supply W/120MM Fan - ST350 In Canada. $36

CPU cooler: Hyper 212+ NCIX.com - Buy Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Direct Touch 4 Heatpipe Heatsink AM2 AM3 LGA1366 LGA775 LGA1156 120MM - RR-B10-212P-GP In Canada. $22

All parts are price matched

I will use the integrated graphics on the mobo and try to unlock and do a mild overclock on the CPU. The budget is quite flexible. Cheaper is better but the price can go up too.
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Old June 10, 2010, 05:28 PM
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for this you may want to go e3300+g31/g41 giga board.

expensive case for internet. you can find 20-30 dollar units.

try to find used ram, 35 per 2gb kit or better.

nice cooler, overkill unless youre thinking of oc+fold for the team!!!
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Old June 10, 2010, 05:33 PM
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I want to have a nice case as this is a business helping build. My Grandparents have lots of people over so I want this computer to be nice looking so that people will ask about it. I will be folding so the cooler is not overkill.

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Old June 10, 2010, 05:51 PM
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go for it then. maybe consider the celly, clocks over 3ghz on stock cooler. 212+? maybe 4 ghz if mobo and ram takes it
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Old June 10, 2010, 06:01 PM
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So my Grandparents want me to build them a computer (I'm 12 and I build computers).
This comment made me laugh... Doesn't surprise me one bit. Most of us builders are self taught, including myself. Google is our best friend. Good job man.

If this is a business build, are they planning to use this computer to host a web server at all? Just curious as that would have an impact on the parts you should choose.

EDIT: Nevermind... You've got a wireless card on there, so that answers my question as a "No". No one in their right mind would ever set up a server and wireless as it's network interface.
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I would say to go for an athlon II x2 or X3 (in place of x2 550), use stock heatsink (in place of 212), drop the case to the cooler master elite 330 or something similar (690 is a great case, but kind of a waste for a build like this), and get a 785g motherboard (much newer and better than 760g). I think those few changes will save some cash and end up with a more than capable computer that they will be very happy with.

EDIT: Do your grandparents really care about overclocking and folding for their internet/solitaire computer??
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I would say to go for an athlon II x2 or X3 (in place of x2 550), use stock heatsink (in place of 212), drop the case to the cooler master elite 330 or something similar (690 is a great case, but kind of a waste for a build like this), and get a 785g motherboard (much newer and better than 760g). I think those few changes will save some cash and end up with a more than capable computer that they will be very happy with.

EDIT: Do your grandparents really care about overclocking and folding for their internet/solitaire computer??

Danm you! Ya beat me to it Literally the first thing I thought

The Athlon's are perfectly capable of a build such as this, and the 785G boards are much better as well.

Stock Heatsing is actually really good and beefy on AMD processors

As for the case, look into CHENBRO. I'm sure you can get ones that come with 350W PSU's in them. Avalon Software (Local computer store) uses them on all their budget/home computer packages


EDIT: Look at this for your case/PSU NCIX.com - Buy Antec NSK4482B ATX Mini Tower Case Black 3X5.25 2X3.5EXT 3X3.5INT Front USB Audio with 380W PSU - NSK4482B In Canada. I think it looks nice for a home computer and comes with a 380W psu thats 80+ Bronze as well. Real good deal
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Old June 11, 2010, 05:08 PM
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My Grandparents do care about overclocking as they would like the free performance. Not completely sure on the folding but they will do it most likely because it is for a good cause. Edit:I am getting an Athlon x3 instead of the phenom ii now
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IMO an atom with ion would be perfect for internet browsing.
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There nothing wrong with putting a good fan on a internet PC, Becuase most people will keep these things going for years without cleaning out the inners and the heatsink will stay coolish and still quiet

i go back and look at my friends computer aabout once a year and it has a AC freeze 64 on it, CPU is always cool and the thing is normally gummed up bad once i get there and he never says the thing is loud.
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