Originally Posted by AMF
Hey guys and gals, got a question for ya..Buddy of mine wants a computer. He's asked me to either find a cheap one that does what he wants it to do, or build him one. All he's wanting to do with the computer is:
Surf the Internet
Listen to music
Slight image editing (Nothing major)
He has no desire to play games on this computer. His main concern is he wants it for the internet capabilites, and for music. He definitely will want a top of the line sound card, but i'm really not sure what processor would be ideal for this build. So, if you guys could help me out, maybe suggest motherboard/processor...That'd be great. Feel free to give advice on any other pieces of the build also as any info is welcome. Thanks
(Almost forgot, he wants this crammed into as small a case as possible, so ideas on that would be great as well.)
That's an easy config. If gaming is something he won't be doing too often, pretty much any PC will do for him. I would just get him a complete system from Dell or any other companies like Compaq/HP, eMachines, etc.
If you want to build try this config. I don't know your price range, but for what he wants, this is pretty good:
ASUS A8N5X Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 ATX AMD Motherboard - Retail
AMD Athlon 64 3200+ Venice 1GHz FSB 512KB L2 Cache Socket 939 Processor - Retail
CORSAIR ValueSelect 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM Unbuffered DDR 400 (PC 3200) Dual Channel Kit System Memory - Retail
CHAINTECH SE6600G Geforce 6600GT 128MB 128-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 Video Card - Retail
Use onboard sound. They sound pretty close to the Audigy 2's and the price difference is huge. Get a nice set of speakers and you'll have good sound to go with onboard Realtek.
Western Digital Caviar SE WD1200JD 120GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache Serial ATA150 Hard Drive - OEM
LG Beige 16X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 8X DVD+R DL 16X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 5X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM, 5X DVD-RAM DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2M Cache E-IDE / ATAPI DVD Burner - OEM