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superjawes wrote:I checked HDD prices, and the Blue WD I see is $99.99, so you might be able to swing a green for $10 less.
Great_Big_Abyss wrote:superjawes wrote:I checked HDD prices, and the Blue WD I see is $99.99, so you might be able to swing a green for $10 less.
FYI, you would never want to use a 'Green' drive as a boot drive. those things are slow. I use them in my HTPC (1TB WD Green boot/Storage drive, 2TB WD Green Storage Drive) and while they technically work, they are as slow as molasses. My HTPC stays on most of the time though, so boot times aren't really important, and the only programs we're opening up are VLC Player and sometimes Google Chrome (and even that is slow!) The great advantages to the Greens is that they do make excellent storage drives. They're (relatively) cheap, and very, very quiet. But I would never recommend one as a boot drive for a primary system. Far better to go with an SSD, or lacking that, at the very least a WD Black (or Blue) or equivalent (Seagate Barracuda) drive.
Great_Big_Abyss wrote:Au contraire, mon ami. I believe that in a low end system, a SSD drive will increase usability by a wide margin. Programs (not just games) will open quicker and the system will just seem to run smoother. With an SSD, a browser opens imperceptibly quick. Compared to the couple of seconds it takes to open from an HDD (or the 5 or 6 seconds with a WD Green...I know this...I'm running one as a boot drive, remember?) it makes a big difference to the overall perception of system performance. And Hey, if it can be budgeted for in the build, then why not?
codedivine wrote:About Windows license, if you do not mind using Windows 8, you can save some bucks. You can install Windows 8 release preview (free). Windows 8 upgrade license ($40) will actually allow you to upgrade a Release Preview copy too according to Paul Thurott of Winsupersite.com. So you can save a bit more of the budget that way for hardware.
Great_Big_Abyss wrote:For casual gaming like this, I'm surprised nobody has recommended one of AMD's APU's. No need for a fancy discrete video card in this build, methinks.
ASUS 3870K FM1 Quadcore APU - $114.99
ASUS F1A55-M mATX FM1 Motherboard - $77.99
Kingston 2x4GB 1600MHz DDR3 Ram - $43.99
Crucial M4 128GB SSD - $124.99
Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB HDD - $99.99
Bitfenix Shinobi ATX Mid Tower Case - $69.99
Antec EA-500 Green 500W Powersupply - $64.99
ASUS 24x DVDRW - $19.99
Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit - $99.99
Grand Total: $716.91 + Taxes and shipping. All Prices in CAD from NCIX.ca
I figure if she's just playing light games, an APU is more than enough graphics horsepower for her. The money saved from not having a discrete graphics card can be put towards a Solid State Drive, which will improve overall system performance and 'snappiness'. I chose a 128GB because currently they're the best 'bang' for the reasonable buck, and the M4 is considered one of the finest, most reliable drives around (they get first pick at the Micron NAND RAM manufactured, same as Intel). She will be able to fit her OS and all installs on that SSD. I augmented the SSD with a 1TB Caviar Blue for media storage. If you want to save $20 and bring the price down to just under $700, use the DVD writer from her existing system.
EDIT: And BTW, a lot of you are spec'ing prices in USD. Things are a little more expensive up here North of the border. You need to keep this in mind.
Flying Fox wrote:Since we are to the point of nickel and diming the few bucks required for Windows, which province are we looking at (to determine the tax rate)? And what about shipping from ncix, must that be included in the budget as well?
What about the previous machine? Is it an OEM (Dell/HP/Compaq) or you build it yourself? Is it XP, Vista, or 7? Want to help you determine if you can reuse the OS licence.