Cheap family computer ideas?
Hey, I'm looking to build a budget mATX computer to give to the non-computer-literate people in the family. I'm going to buy mATX (partially for cost reasons) and use integrated graphics. I'm looking for something that's cheap as possible, but better than a laptop and doesn't compromise reliable parts.
My biggest question though is AMD + integrated graphics, Sandy Bridge i3 when it comes out, or bulldozer? I'm not a big fan of using a dual core as more software vendors are optimizing for threaded applications, but I'm keeping CPU + IGP < $130.
-CX430 PSU ~$30 after tax/shipping
-Shuttle case if I can find one, otherwise any other mATX case. (budget = $40 before tax)
-WD 640GB Caviar green ~$70 after tax/shipping
-RAM is TBD based on CPU choice.
-Monitor+keyboard is their responsibility to buy.
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Also, I would like to have an internal speaker so they don't have to buy a speaker set if they don't want to. Pref is stereo over mono. Anyone know if they still sell ones that are PC case friendly? I'm hoping this build will come in around $350.
Just get a 500GB hard drive for <$50. Western Digital Blue, Seagate 7200.12 or Samsung F3. ~$70 for a "green" 640GB seems too expensive.
AMD Athlon II 250 (or similar) with a AMD 880G motherboard should be solid. And roughly $100. No need for i3/Sandy Bridge IMO. All this PC is going to do is get filled up with malware anyways :haha:
A Shuttle case would come with PSU and Motherboard though if that's the route your going. It likely be more expensive too.
RAM, cheapest DDR3 you can find basically. I'd go with 4GB since it's only like $50.
As for speakers, just get a monitor that has speakers in it as that's fairly common. Much better than trying to put speakers inside the case.
i think that for the budget reason you can tell them to buy a monitor with speakers build in
and when you're going to buy a computer for the non-computer-literate people in your family isn't a hd of 640gb a little to big? i think you can better buy a cheaper and smaller one
looks like a 320 gig or even less.
and i dont speak englisch that well so can you tell me
do you want a single core or a dual core possessor?
and how many gb of ram do you want?
and last but not least what do you want them to do with the computer?
things looks like office emailing or also doing some more stuff?
please tell me and i will take a look
Prob for $350 you could get something at FS or Best Buy.
Something like this would probably work decently, though it's over the $350 budget slightly. Also keep in mind that you can pick up a used sempron for ~$20 or so.
this is one of those times where you get a cheap dell, and if they mess winders up you tell them to put the cd in and reload?
id go for perhaps a celly 3300 solution, g31/41 should be enough video power. else, the above much better amd solutions
I was just thinking of buying a used shuttle case with nothing in it (I've seen the odd one online).
Dual core as a minimum. I don't want to make something that feels sluggish or slow in a year.
RAM isn't a big issue as I'm good with shopping for that once I know my mobo.
As stated above, they do some photo editing and a bit of work at home. The rest is pretty simple browsing and streaming.
If I can get this build under $300, that's my goal, but looking at the price of sandy bridge threw me off track with my estimates :P I'm doing this more as a short fun project, so I'm not really worried about being able to buy a cheap dell or something to get a bit more for my $. I have a windows vista OEM disk kicking around somewhere, so they'll probably be getting stuck with win Vista ;) *Evil Chuckle*
Assuming they have no ties to Windows, I'd say put Ubuntu on there instead. It can look pretty flashy and won't get bogged down with the majority of possible malware out there these days.
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Roughly $335. Maybe can save a few dollars from price matching as well.
I'd personally avoid using a Green drive for the OS. If you want a fast computer, you don't put a Green HDD in there unless it's purely for storage.
That case is more expensive than what I will pay for PSU + case separately, otherwise great suggestions on the CPU+mobo.
Sometimes there's combo CPU + Mobo's for <$120 on Newegg or NCIX. It'd allow you to fit in the RAM ($50)/Case($30)/PSU($25)/HDD($45) for under $300. I wouldn't get a fancy case if they're computer illiterate...just saying.
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