I am a big believer in the "trickle-down" theory of computer upgrades.bcollins87 wrote:I've been looking to build my parents a computer.... they do not game. My budget is between 500-800$ which includes a monitor.
Am I building them a better computer then what I currently own? (specs listed in my signature)
Intel Core i5-750 Lynnfield 2.66 Ghz LGA
GIGABYTE P55-UD3R LGA ATX mobo
XFX HD 5770 1 GB PCI Express 2.1x16 crossfire support
G.SKILL Ripjaws 4GB DDR3 1600
Hanns·G HG-281DPB Black 28" 3ms LCD monitor
Should I give them my old parts and take these for my own?
Intel Core i3-2100 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz processor
ASUS P8Z68-V LE motherboard
CORSAIR 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory
Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green
SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD103SJ 1TB hard-drive
LG WH12LS30 BD-ROM/DVD-RW
ASUS VS Series VS247H-P 23.6" 2ms Monitor
I'm purchasing this solid state drive for myself...
128GB Crucial M4 CT128M4SSD2
$600 +tax Dell Inspiron 620sSunburn74 wrote:What's wrong with a nice pre-built from Dell?
Dell wrote:PROCESSOR Intel® Core™ i3-2120 processor(3MB Cache, 3.30GHz)
OPERATING SYSTEM: Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium, 64Bit, English
MONITOR: ST2320L 23-inch Full HD Widescreen Monitor
MEMORY: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz- 2 DIMMs
HARD DRIVE: 1TB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache™
VIDEO CARD: Intel® HD Graphics
SYSTEM COLOR: Peacock Blue
OPTICAL DRIVE: 16X DVD+/-RW Drive
KEYBOARD: Dell USB Entry Keyboard
MOUSE: Dell USB Optical Mouse
SPEAKERS: Dell AX210 Stereo Speakers
Inspiron 620 ST: Inspiron 620 Slimtower, No Bezel
MEDIA READER: Integrated 8 in 1 Media Card Reader
Network Card: Standard USB 2.0 + 10/100/1000 Ethernet
SOUND CARD: Integrated 5.1
1. His existing P55 (LGA755) motherboard lacks integrated video. If he were to keep the Radeon HD5770, he would have to buy some other new PCIe graphics card for his parents (unless he's got an old PCIe graphics just lying in his parts box like that X1950 Pro that I have).DPete27 wrote:Nobody said the OP had to give up his 5770. He can drop that into his "new" rig.
JustAnEngineer wrote: 1. His existing P55 (LGA755) motherboard lacks integrated video. If he were to keep the Radeon HD5770, he would have to buy some other new PCIe graphics card for his parents (unless he's got an old PCIe graphics just lying in his parts box like that X1950 Pro that I have).
2. The Radeon HD5770 is a bit long in the tooth for current gaming. If he has to buy a new graphics card anyway, he might as well step up to something like the $170 Radeon HD6870 or $190 GeForce GTX560 that can handle modern games well.
3. Either way, the cost of the graphics card is over and above the cost of a Z68 (LGA1155), A75 (FM1) or 880G (AM3+) motherboard that would include integrated graphics.
DPete27 wrote:1/2) Yes, a 5770 is no longer a "high end" card but its cost/performance is still very respectable. I would definetly recommend a 6870 or equivalent as a graphics upgrade to the OP's system. (Might want to wait a couple months until the 7000 series come out though, at the very least the prices on the 6000 series should drop at that time).
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