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    Computer for parents

    Hi everyone bit of help please,

    I have been asked by my parents to suggest a new PC for them.

    They will use it for word processing, my mum does alot of online stuff and my step dad likes to play games in particular RTS games.

    they asked me to build a system based on components I would pick for myself a heavy games user. So i have selected some components would anyone care to make any recomendations

    Price limit is around £850 all in.

    2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX DDR2 XMS2 Dominator, PC2-8500 (1066), 240 Pin, Non-ECC Unbuffered, CAS 5

    Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 OEM - Single Pack

    Gigabyte Case GZ-X1 V2 Tower Case Black w/o PSU

    22" Neovo H-W22 Widescreen LCD, Thin, 1680x1050, DVI, 2000:1, 300 cd/m2, 3 ms, Speakers, DVI Cable

    700W Coolermaster Real Power M700 Modular PSU with PCI-E, SATA

    750 GB Samsung HD753LJ Spinpoint F1, SATA 300, 7200 rpm, 32MB Cache, 8.9 ms, NCQ

    512MB EVGA 8800GT Superclocked, PCI-E 2.0, Mem 1900MHz, GDDR3, GPU 650MHz, 112 Cores, 2x DL DVI-I

    Intel Core 2 Duo, E8200, Wolfdale Core, S775, 2.66 GHz, 1333MHz, 6MB Cache, 8x Multiplier, Retail

    Asus P5Q Deluxe, iP45, S775, PCI-E 2.0 (x16), DDR2 1200/1066/800, SATA II, SATA RAID, ATX

    Plus a wireless router and USB wireless point

    This comes to £848 from scan, my preffered supplier.

    Any help is much appreciated.

    Thanks

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    Re: Computer for parents

    If you where looking this weekend - you'll find quite a bit of this on offer at the moment...

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    Re: Computer for parents

    Have to say although it's not a bad build I would change pretty much all of it, sorry

    Here is what I would buy though.

    Intel E5200 Pentium dual core ~£55 : You don't really lose an usuable speed and save about £50. It still overclocks like a freak anyway.

    Scythe Ninja II or Xigmatec tower cooler to sit on top ~£20 - £30.

    Asus P5Q .. PRO ~£90 probably, unless serious overclocking is involved there is no call for the Deluxe.

    4GB PC6400 Corsair XMS2 ~£40, chip as chips and all the speed you will ever need from it.

    Corsair 520W HX PSU ~£65 no need for anything more than that.

    Coolermaster CM-690 ~£60 great case, cool, quiet and very easy drive/cable management.

    640GB Western digital AAKS ~£50 One of the fastest and quietest out there.

    Optical Drive (pionner maybe) ~£15

    The montitor you picked is great ~£135

    ATi HD4870 ~£180 (massive overkill but just to give you an idea on price).

    Windows ~£65

    Comes to less than £800 using rough scan prices.

    It will be super speedy and should be very quiet too, espeicall if you get a graphics card with a decent quiet cooler on it. An HD4850 will save another £50 and won't impact gaming performance particuarly at this resolution.

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    Re: Computer for parents

    Thanks for the advice Mike.

    I have no problem with you changing everything thats the reason I asked. Havent really kept up with things recently and only did a quick look on scan so thanks for the advice

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    Re: Computer for parents

    Quote Originally Posted by staffsMike View Post
    Have to say although it's not a bad build I would change pretty much all of it, sorry

    Here is what I would buy though.

    Intel E5200 Pentium dual core ~£55 : You don't really lose an usuable speed and save about £50. It still overclocks like a freak anyway.

    Scythe Ninja II or Xigmatec tower cooler to sit on top ~£20 - £30.

    Asus P5Q .. PRO ~£90 probably, unless serious overclocking is involved there is no call for the Deluxe.

    4GB PC6400 Corsair XMS2 ~£40, chip as chips and all the speed you will ever need from it.

    Corsair 520W HX PSU ~£65 no need for anything more than that.

    Coolermaster CM-690 ~£60 great case, cool, quiet and very easy drive/cable management.

    640GB Western digital AAKS ~£50 One of the fastest and quietest out there.

    Optical Drive (pionner maybe) ~£15

    The montitor you picked is great ~£135

    ATi HD4870 ~£180 (massive overkill but just to give you an idea on price).

    Windows ~£65

    Comes to less than £800 using rough scan prices.

    It will be super speedy and should be very quiet too, espeicall if you get a graphics card with a decent quiet cooler on it. An HD4850 will save another £50 and won't impact gaming performance particuarly at this resolution.

    Don't forget to opt for a 64bit OS when going for 4Gb of RAM.
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