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Building a PC for Mum

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So shes only going to use it for the internet, Microsoft Word stuff and printing. Something around $400-500

 

Im thinking of starting at the Brains, i dont want a too slow of a machine, whats a zippy CPU good enough for this? Intel and the AMD equivalent?

 

i might make it a mini tower

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something like this from the parts guide make sure you go with a ssd not a hdd since you want it to be zippy

 

Office Updated 5/11/2013

CPU/IGP/MBCeleron G1610 2.6GHz 2MB $44 + ASRock H71M-DGS $49 - OR - Pentium G3220 3.0GHz 3MB $69 + ASRock H81M-HDS (front usb3) $68

RAM 1x4g 1600 $41 x2 $82

HDD Toshiba 7200RPM 500GB 3Y $55 - OR - SanDisk Ultra Plus 128G $99

DVD DVD rw sata $18

PSU Corsair VS350 $39 - OR - SeaSonic 350W OEM V3 Gold $69

CASE With 120mm fan ~$39+

TOTAL $285-444

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This one -> Pentium G3220 3.0GHz 3MB at 54wTDP it should stay nice and quiet without the cripple effect of a Celeron.

 

 

Was going to suggest an intel NUC but they are a bit outside your price range, especially the NUC-BLACK-120GB-W8

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search...B-W8&spos=3

but it is complete except for monitor and external optical drive.

Also only 3 USB ports which means after wired KB and mouse you only have one USB port free (unless you use a USB hub to expand them).

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a nuc may be a good option but it would have to be a much slower celeron to fit the budget

the celeron above isnt to bad but this one is half way to a atom http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/910/Intel...eron_N2820.html

http://www.staticice.com.au/cgi-bin/search...YKH+&spos=3

 

this i3 4010u nuc would be nice but a little over budget

Intel D34010WYK NUC Barebone $369

Crucial 4GB (1x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz SODIMM $49

Samsung 840 EVO Series 120GB mSATA $129

Astrotek 3Pin C5 Power Cable $9

http://www.pccasegear.com/index.php?main_p...oducts_id=25803

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Thanks for the awesome response. I need to build this quick cause she need it soon.

I came up with this, using what was available on the umart site, and what i thought was good along with the most popular choices/reviews:

 

Intel i3 4130 $137

Asus H81l-Plus $109 (This is the cheapest mini mobo instock)

G skill 4GB (2x2) CL9D-4GBNQ DDR3 1600MHz $59 (review said: has no cooling fins, good for mini tower) Maybe Corsair is better?

Case: Antec ISK110 VESA Mini-ITX Case 90-watt adapter , 2 x 2.5" internal drive bays, Included VESA mount (she likes this one from what was available) $88

Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO (damn, intel out of stock) $109

Samsung SATA Black Internal DVD/RW Drive $21

SeaSonic 350W OEM V3 80Plus Gold PSU $69

=$592

 

So far:

Not sure if i3 is overkill, im leaning to no?

Not sure what the diff is between Asus H87I-PLUS $134 and Asus H81l-Plus $109 but im thinking the $109 one is fine.

Not sure if the case comes with a PSU and if Seasonic even fits the case

Not sure about PSU wattage, seems 350 is fine by your posts

Not sure if i should choose Corsair Ram instead.

Not sure if everything goes together.

 

I think her budget is ok at 600ish

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I just realised how tiny this case is and that its got its own PSU and Seasonic probably wont fit

 

Will its own PSU be enuff for what i have?

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she probably wont notice a performance difference between the pentium and the i3 so it may be overkill

its probably sufficient but the intel nuc looks to be a better quality package

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so from umart http://www.umart.com.au/newindex28.phtml?i...&sid=143383

Intel BOXD34010WYK $345

G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600 1.35V SODIMM F3-1600C9S-4GRSL $58

Samsung mSATA 120GB SSD 840BW EVO $135

Astrotek AU Wall to C5 Power Cable 3pins to Mickey Plug 1.8m $5

$543

 

using another pc you can install the os from usb but if she needs odd you will want a usb external

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Ok so i have to add those parts into the NUC?

I cant see where you found these:

 

G.Skill 4GB DDR3-1600 1.35V SODIMM F3-1600C9S-4GRSL $58

Samsung mSATA 120GB SSD 840BW EVO $135

 

I found these tho:

Intel SSD 120GB 525 Series, mini PCIe, mSATA 6Gb/s, 25nm, MLC, read/write speed 550 MB/s, 500MB/s $159

G.Skill 8GB Single Channel DDR3-1600 SODIMM [sQ] F3-1600C10S-8GSQ $89

or

Corsair CMSX4GX3M1A1600C9 4GB (1x4GB) Vengeance Performance Memory Module DDR3 1600MHz CL9 SODIMM $59

 

The Corsair says its for 2nd generation... the intel box is 4th gen, does that matter?

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I think ive decided with either this or the NUC above:

 

CPU: Intel PENTIUM G3220 3.0GHz/3MB CACHE/LGA1150 $75

MOBO: Asus H81M-E 2xDDR3 PCI-E 2xSATA3 2xUSB3.0 DVI D-SUB $64

RAM: G Skill 4G(2x2G) DDR3 1600Mhz PC12800 9-9-9-24(CL9D-4GBNQ $59

SSD: Samsung 120GB SSD 840 EVO SATA III 6Gbs $109

PSU: SeaSonic 350W OEM V3 80Plus Gold PSU $69

CD/DVD: Pioneer SATA DVR221L Black OEM $25

CASE: NZXT H230 USB 3.0 White Mid Tower(NO PSU) $89

 

$490 Or the NUC? $599

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that will be better than the nuc just much bigger and use a bit more power

 

change the mb with a usb3 header so the front usb3 ports on the case will work

ASRock H81M-HDS $64

 

take a look at this case if you want to save some cash

Silverstone Precision PS09 Black Case, No PSU, 2x USB 3.0 $49

it has sound deadening and filters

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Done! Thanks Dasa!

 

I wont switch the case tho, it has a pre-order status (cant wait, plus ill throw in some $ for her bday)

She'd prefer a mini case but it was just too much for me to take in with the limited stock and understanding.. (frikkin PCIe/mini PCIe, SO-DIMM/U-DIMM, ATX/ITX/mini ITX/Micro ATX ahhhhh!!)

She was going to buy a $545 with worse parts (1333 Ram, 500GB HDD, etc.)

 

Awesome! Thanks again guys!

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a lot of things come with no power cord these days

trying to be green\cut costs

most people have a bunch of them laying around since there the same power leads that have been used for pc\monitors for at least 20 years now

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hahaha im so stupid. I Found 1 :D

 

Windows Experience:

CPU: 7.0

RAM: 5.9

GFX: 5.8

Game GFX 6.5

HDD: 7.9

 

Forgot to add power to DVD and SSD in these pic, figured that out when it didnt work.

This thing flies with that SSD, have to get myself one.

 

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This wifi card would go with the mother board yes?

Yep plug it in to the short PCI Express 2.0 x1 Slot just above the white H81M-HDS lettering.

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Any wifi card will.

 

I recommend a USB one by TPlink, they work every time for me, and being USB means you can use a LOOOONNNGGGG usb cable if reception is an issue. Otherwise, its a long antenna cable, which is significantly more expensive and problematic.

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k thanks, i tried putting mine in from my PC, it didnt fit maybe its not express (PCI)

Most likely a PCI card as they are by far the most common. PCI and PCI Express (or PCI-E) are not compatible in any way shape or form.

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