Re: New tower computer for my parents...
Laptop or Desktop?
Recently, the rule of thumb is that AMD has good integrated video and OK processors, while intel has great processors and OK integrated.
If flash games and email/websurf is the main usage, integrated is most probably enough (latest AMD integrated can play real games).
Any recent computer with multicore (even with integrated) will be a real step up from an old P4.
As the universe is curved, there cannot be a straight answer...