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building pc for parents

Mon Mar 24, 2014 1:47 pm


My name is Jelle. I live in Belgium. This is the second time that I ask for help on this forum. 8 months ago,I built a computer for the first time, thanks to the help I got here. It was a great experience and the pc does exactly what I asked for.
My parents pc on the other hand is old and slow, so they asked me if I could build them a new one. Their budget is 400 euros. We will use the monitor, keyboard and mouse from the old computer. The only things this pc is going to be used for is watching videos on youtube, surfing on the internet, reading and sending mails and making word and excel documents. Feel free to suggest components.

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Re: building pc for parents

Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:05 pm

Have you reviewed this yet?

Perhaps review it first and then refine your questions?
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Re: building pc for parents

Mon Mar 24, 2014 3:27 pm

Jellon wrote:
We will use the monitor, keyboard and mouse from the old computer.

Please find out the model of those. It will give us some insights as to:
- Monitor: how large is it? If they are still running a 15" CRT/tube, it is probably time for a new one.
- Monitor: the model will help us determine whether its input is VGA only or it has the newer ports like DVI, HDMI or DisplayPort. This may affect the video output of the build.
- Keyboard and mouse: are they USB or the old PS/2?
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Re: building pc for parents

Mon Mar 24, 2014 11:41 pm

Cet ordinateur, peut-être?

€420 inclusif de TVA.

(Apologies if you're Flemish. I can't navigate the Flemish page)

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Re: building pc for parents

Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:44 am

Looks like it's gonna be a very light-duty machine. You could probably build a PC that will serve your parents well and cost a lot less than €400 if you get one of those new desktop Kabini chips. I would recommend the fastest desktop Kabini chip, the Athlon 5350, as it's not really expensive and more speed couldn't hurt especially when we're talking about a product series that aren't that fast in the first place. And to save more money you might even wanna try a Linux distro such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint (assuming they'll work fine with your new computer's configuration - Linux is not for the weak of heart).
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Re: building pc for parents

Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:32 am

I'd probably go this route (prices from
CPU(GPU): Pentium G3220 €50
Motherboard: H81 mATX €40
RAM: 8GB DDR3 €60
PSU: Corsair CX 430 or VS 350 ~€40
HDD: 1TB WD Blue €55
Case: Cooler Master Silencio 352/Cooler Master N200/Fractal Design 1000/Other upto €55
Total: €300

Add another €100 for Windows 8.1, Ubuntu may be an option if they aren't advanced users of Office and could get by with Libre Office/Google Docs. My family members who were stuck on XP have been really happy with the transition to Linux.

The performance difference between Pentium and i3 is really so small I don't think it warrants another €40, especially for this use. An i5 is slightly out of reach for this budget, but it's probably a lot more than they need anyway. AMD's APUs are significantly slower on the CPU side but a lot better on the GPU side than this Pentium, the Pentium should handle HD content no sweat though.

Due to manufacturer's advantage in Windows license prices a prebuilt may be a better option if you're going the Windows route (slightly better CPU), though a DIY build would probably offer better warranty, case and PSU. It's a compromise.
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Re: building pc for parents

Tue Mar 25, 2014 8:47 am

Do a little homework on Chrome OS, sounds like it's all your parents need. For $179 you can go this route: ... No=8919600

Haswell, SSD, USB 3.0, card reader, dual band wifi & gigabit ethernet. For the price you probably can't beat it.

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