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Old October 3, 2011, 07:44 AM
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It's looking like my folk's old system is starting to go. They are having problems with their rear port USB Ports, sign that the 6+ year old Pentium D system is nearing its final life cycle. Not bad for a sub 500$ system. They also previously had their psu fan rattling and making noises until it fixed itself, who knows.

Discussing with them their options, they'd rather me build and set up the machine myself (with legal copy of Windows 7 I have) and mail it to them then buy it from say dell (as it'll be at least 150$ more from them) or even having ncix assemble the parts together and ship it to them.

I've told them setting up windows would be easy, and that I could remote into their current computer and download from MSDNAA a copy of windows 7, burn it to DVD and then talk them through the easy process to install windows but they'd rather me do it.

With that said I've been mulling over a couple of builds for them and was wondering which would be better for them, seeing as they want to get the most for their money and not spend a ton.

What they want to (and currently) use their computer:
Web browsing
Outlook
Basic photo editing with photoshop
Editing drawings in Autocad (this is new with my dad's new work contract)
Watch HD video from family gathering recorded by my uncle on his hd camcorder.

Two possible builds:
Build 1:
Offer them my htpc build at a rather reduced cost to them (unknown current worth but I can't give it to them as they won't accept it for free)
Intel Pentium Dual Core G620
Corsair 4GB DDR3 RAM
Gigabyte H67 motherboard
Silverstone Grandia GD05B
Corsair 400W PSU
ASUS Radeon HD 5450 Silent Edition (its able to do 1080p playback)

Its very silent which I know they'd enjoy
I'd need to buy still:
500GB hard drive (they can't even fill up a 80GB hdd they have now)
DVD-ROM

Build 2:
ASUS P8H61-I
Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 4GB
Intel Core i3 2100
Corsair 430W PSU
Coolermaster Elite 370 Black Mid Tower ATX Case
DVD-ROM Drive
500GB Hard Drive

Input greatly appreciated on the two builds, to see which would more suit their needs.
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Old October 3, 2011, 12:37 PM
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First thought: dedicated graphics sounds good, but may not be required. I did some photo editing with GIMP on my old Toshiba Satellite, nothing fancy on that and it worked fine for me. I didn't do a lot of it though so YMMV

Really though, if you have a build you may pass on to them, test it out for what they want!

AutoCAD 2012 - Free Trial - Download AutoCAD Trial - Autodesk

It appears autocad will allow a trial thing (I haven't tried it myself). Check it out, see how it runs. You can also download GIMP (open source) and see you that plays for photo editing. Go from there.

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Old October 3, 2011, 12:55 PM
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Yeah, I know quite a bit about AutoCAD2012, I actually use it at work on a C2D with a 3870X2, though its only for 2D stuff (which I think he'll be using it for).

Only downside about testing it on the current machine at home is not knowing what kind of files he'll be dealing with. I could ask him, though if he can't share them its SOL on that line.
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Old October 3, 2011, 01:09 PM
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I can tell you that Autocad 2010 runs perfectly fine on a i3-2100 / H61 combo as that's what my detailer uses. Whether it can handle 1080p content without a dedicated GPU, I don't know.

I've used that Elite 370 and Corsair CX430 on a few builds too, they are bulletproof.
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Old October 3, 2011, 02:09 PM
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Yeah, that's what I'm slightly worried about. Putting me in the hard place of which to commit to, the Pentium with the gpu or the i3 without the gpu (dedicated).
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How about an A6-3650 build?
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Old October 3, 2011, 07:19 PM
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A possibility, what/how much would one of those entail?
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I'd do some more research in regards to 1080 playback, but swap your Intel chip / board combo for an A6-3650 (w/stock cooler) and the FM1 board of your choice and ditch the GPU. I did build a few for customers of mine and I was impressed.
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Old October 4, 2011, 11:37 AM
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Well that 1080p playback isn't a necessity, just something they'd like to be able to do. What kind of price difference we looking at with that?


Guess i'll go look
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Old October 5, 2011, 05:35 AM
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Think what I'm going to do is offer them the three different builds (the two above and an amd one), outline the pros and cons of each and allow them to decide along with my input on each of the systems
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