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Building a cheap PC for my father

By ¼ of a hotdog
Jun 25, 2010
  1. My father wants me to build him a PC, he will mostly use it for browsing the internet but wants to play some games. I want to shoot for under 500 but I think anything under 700 would still be fine with him. It needs to include a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. I think he would be perfectly content with playing older games so it does not need a nice video card or CPU.

    Proposed system:

    Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138182
    CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103688
    Video card: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814150393
    RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231179
    HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136320
    PSU: (Will this suffice?) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182021
    Case: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811154095
    Optical drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106333
    OS: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116754
    Monitor: (I think he would be fine with this but I will run it by him if you approve of it) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236070
    Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826146009
    Keyboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823107120

    Total is around $635 I would think that he would find that reasonable but how much lower could I get?
     
  2. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,055   +970

    Regrettably, I absolutely do NOT recommend any Wide screen monitor below 22 inches.

    I've had two 19 inchers, I sold one, returned the other. The vertical height is (IMO) insufficient.

    Again IMO, it's well worth the extra 40 bucks for a 22" screen, and you'll be happier with it for a lot longer.

    The vertical height issue is also being exacerbated buy the current crop of 16:9 "full hi-def" panels, They are also much more "vertically challenged" than a panel of the older 16:10 computer standard. 16:10 panels carry 1680 X 1050 resolution, not the 1920 X 1080 Hi-def standard.

    In other words, the 16:9 screens are a true hi-def 1980 X 1080, but you need to buy at least a 23" panel to have the height equal to a 22" 16:10

    I would go for this if you want to stay with Asus....http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824236078 I just checked and HDCP is supported with this unit
     
  3. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 12,172   +37

  4. ¼ of a hotdog

    ¼ of a hotdog TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 214

  5. Ritwik7

    Ritwik7 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,288   +7

    Get yourself the Radeon HD 4670 GPU. Some of them are listed for a price similar to the 4650 with a rebate.
     
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