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Old November 16, 2011, 09:26 PM
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Default Ultimate Internet PC

Approximate Purchase Date: 1-4 weeks

Budget Range: $500

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet,

podcasts, watching movies, listening to music

Parts Not Required: Os, keyboard, mouse, speakers, hard drive, optical drive.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.ca, ebay.ca

Country: Canada

Parts Preferences: 24" monitor and windows xp

Overclocking: no

SLI or Crossfire: no, idk what those are

Monitor Resolution: idk suggestions

Additional Comments: I want to use xp any problems? Also would like the computer to be overbuilt for dependability and longevity.


Thanks or your help.

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Old November 17, 2011, 11:01 AM
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For internet browsing only? Go into our bst and find anyone selling a 775 setup.
Any dual core would do, really, a quad core maybe but no real advantage for your intended use. And you'd be well below your 500$ budget.

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Additional Comments: I want to use xp any problems? Also would like the computer to be overbuilt for dependability and longevity.
Overbuilding a computer doesn't provide longevity or dependability. That's all in the user's hand.

My computer runs like a champ, and it's been running like a champ forever. If I was to let my mother-in-law use it, it'd become slow and sluggish within a week. The longevity and dependability element is approx 20" from the screen.

You should look into replacing that Win XP with Win7. And don't look back for many years to come.
Win XP was a great platform and it's been proven and all... but really... Get Windows 7 for your new rig.

So... in your shoes I'd be looking for a dual core 775 setup with 4gb ram or more and go Win7 64bit.
If that computer stays a Web browsing computer, it'll serve you right for many years and it will likely cost you less than 250$. For the very slim price difference though, you may want to look into a quad core instead of a dual core.

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Old November 17, 2011, 11:09 AM
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I'm not sure why you want to build a computer.

Building is somewhat complicated, but can reduce the cost of you computer by a bit, not a ton tough. If you aren't concerned with performance (ie: you are only surfing the web and maybe doing word processing), then I don't think there is much benefit to building unless you are really concerned about getting exactly the best parts.

Until you said that you wanted to get the best reliability I would have said get a laptop. I have had mine for 5 years and still works great. But laptop reliability does tend to be a little less than desktop.

That said ... you can get NCIX to build your computer once you have the parts selected, not sure about getting XP for it though.

Getting reliable will mostly be done by brand:

CPU: Intel or AMD should be fine
Mobo: Asus, MSI or Gigabyte usually are good
PSU: Corsair or (someother brand I can't recall) look for 80+
Case: whatever
DVD drive: whatever
Graphics card: don't bother, unless you are playing the latest games or editing videos
RAM: G.Skill, Mushkin, Corsair
Hard drive: Western Digital, maybe Seagate

And read reviews, both NCIX and Newegg have a good collection of reviews for components
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Old November 17, 2011, 11:13 AM
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Building is somewhat complicated, but can reduce the cost of you computer by a bit, not a ton tough.
That's a load of bs.
Building a computer is easier and less demanding than building a patio for example.
Anyone that can turn a screw driver can "build" a computer.
All it is, is take some parts, put them together and plug a few wires where the manual tells you to plug the wires. Where's the complicated part in that?

Putting an Ikea desk together is more challenging than putting a computer together.

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Old November 17, 2011, 08:06 PM
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Unless power savings is an absolute must, I would just go with the i3 2100. It should be a bit cheaper, and will perform identically.

I would also rather an ASUS motherboard, but that's just me. If you want reliability, I think ASUS will last longer than ASRock.

Also I'd suggest this case/PSU combo instead: Newegg.ca - Antec NSK 4482B Black ATX Mid Tower 380W. Same EarthWatts 380W PSU, but I'd say the case is better constructed than anything from Rosewill.

And I'd go with 8GB of RAM, because it's just so cheap now there's no reason not to: NCIX.com - Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB DDR3-1333

As for OS, I'd definitely suggest Windows 7 as well. It will run much better, and continue to run smoothly for much longer than XP does IMO. If it's truly just for web usage, you may consider giving Ubuntu a shot instead. I simply cannot recommend nor advise installing XP on brand-new hardware. It's just silly. XP is 10 years old now and it had it's time and place. It simply lacks the underlying kernel-support to properly utilize modern hardware.
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I don't know how to do this with HDD's being so expensive these days.
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Old November 17, 2011, 08:52 PM
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Would an AMD A-4 be a better match based on video performance ?

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