View Full Version : oh god -- parents need a new comp

10-24-05, 05:40 PM
my parents arent very smooth with computers. they want a new comp to replace their 400mhz PII system with something so they can do email, internet, and photos with ease.

they live in florida so me building a comp for them is out of the question. because if there are any issues they wont have support. and if anything breaks i wont be there to fix / replace it. so i have a few options:

(they only need a tower. they have a good lcd tv/monitor. budget is around $600)

1 - major chain like best buy
if anything goes wrong they can bring it right back to the store.
example system: link (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7440682&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat60700050017&id=1124432188074)

2 - dell.com
wont have to deal with best buys sales crap. would have to ship system if anything went wrong.
link (http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=19&l=en&oc=D30PRF1&s=dhs)

3 - mac mini !
duh. just thought of this. small package with a rock solid OS. wont have to worry about trojans/worms/etc.
Link (http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/71202/wo/a767YYx50Qrh2KvtBf21lBoDFs7/2.?p=0)

ideas / suggestions / comments / flames ?

10-24-05, 06:06 PM
Build them one, then send it :)

10-24-05, 06:11 PM
I vote for option #3. :)

10-24-05, 06:29 PM
even though this system im running now basically blows(its a dell) its still a nice PC, but loud. I recently puchased another dell for around $800 and its quiet and runs fast with only 256mb ram. works good and it is a great all around pc. graphics aint that bad even though its intel extreme. they build good business, media, and casual gaming pc's. for high gaming ppl, dont go with dell.
mac mini is a good choice too, although i have no expirience with them, i have used them a bit and heard good stuff.

10-24-05, 06:46 PM
The Mac Mini would be a great idea. Super easy to set up and use. Just make sure if you get one that you upgrade it to 1 GB of RAM. OSX is even more RAM hungry than Windows XP.

10-24-05, 07:50 PM
definitely mac mini, that would be almost idiot proof imo, as long as they dont mess around with anything hehe, but then again, i doubt they know how to use the terminal.

if you dont think theyd be good with a mac, id go with some thing from best buy. anything goes wrong, they can just ask the geek squad :D

10-24-05, 08:13 PM
I'd go with the $600 mini, and add in another 512MB of RAM and a wired KB/M set. Grand total lands you at $777, rock solid machine that requires little to no maintenance - good for you and them. :D

10-24-05, 09:42 PM
Just run like hell. Family and computers never go together.

10-25-05, 09:39 PM
Just run like hell. Family and computers never go together.


I'd go with the mac mini.
However, knowing my parents, adjusting to a new OS would mean.. basically... my death from constant bickering about how stuff "isn't the way it should be".

Go Mac, go the "oh look, it's so cute" way :D

10-26-05, 05:38 PM
Another vote for the mac mini for them. Homey don't right click :)

10-26-05, 06:04 PM
mac mini gets my vote

10-26-05, 09:40 PM
I have a better idea. Set them up with a GIGANTEOUS rig that will be able to play HL2, Quake4, FEAR, BF2 on a quad-monitor system, using liquid nitrogen cooling and a small independent backup generator in case the power goes out.


10-26-05, 10:22 PM
then that would make them say, ''omg those danm kids and there technology"