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Old 06-26-11, 04:14 PM   #13
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why not get one of those shuttle mini systems and build with that. Small, yet can be as powerful as you need.
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why not get one of those shuttle mini systems and build with that. Small, yet can be as powerful as you need.
I'm against this only because of how much you'll pay for the case. For this type of build, a super cheap mid-ATX case will run $30-$40. Unless size is a priority, I would spend the money elsewhere at this budget.
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If she just uses it mainly for a browser then just get a motherboard that has the build in graphics and sound card .Then get a AMD athlon II for around $60 or a Intel Pentium E5700 Wolfdale 3.0GHz for around $65.
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Old 07-09-11, 11:06 PM   #16
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Just got back from vacation and seeing my mom. She doesn't know crap about computers but she can control my sister's ipad easily. If I had the money I'd buy my mom an ipad.
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Barns&Noble thing and do the thing on it ..you know... that thing
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Old 07-10-11, 05:59 PM   #18
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I'd just stick to the basics. Get any CPU made within the last 3 years, and 4 gigs of ram, with a minimum 100 gig hard disk. If you do that, you can find something very cheap, and will definitely handle anything she will want to throw at it. Get an OEM copy of windows 7 and call it a day. You'll probably spend less than $300 on the whole thing.

If you go with anything fancy, you complicate things. Complicating things for people who aren't tech savvy leads to problems. I highly recommend against any kind of tablet, and anything apple, because the fact is, EVERYBODY knows how to operate a PC, so the people she can go to are virtually infinite.

Let's look at an example. Suppose she has a problem with her internet connection, and she needs to call her ISP to have them help her solve it, and you aren't available to help. They aren't going to help her troubleshoot an ipad, I'll tell you that much right now.

Let's say either you or her move, and the distance between you increases. You're going to be around a little less so you can't always help with her problem. Well a good neighbor of hers probably owns a PC and can help with that. He doesn't own a macintosh though; nobody does. And in spite of what apple claims, macintoshes don't "just work," they have their own share of problems, believe me.

Especially stay away from linux. Who is going to help her when say she tries to start firefox, and one day it just says "segmentation fault" and the problem is related to a faulty driver (a common problem in linux.) Good luck having her find out which one it is. And lets not forget the fact that her neighbors and her ISP probably don't know linux, so she'd have to always come to you for help.

Trust me on these things. I have to help people who know nothing about computers figure them out all of the time. You have no idea how complicated they think that, say for example, setting up a wireless connection can be. Hell, I regularly have to explain the difference between a web browser and a search engine to these kinds of people all the time, and even after doing so, they still don't get it.

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Thanks for recommendations guys. Of course now she tells me she doesn't want a new computer, she just wants hers to go faster...

Nope, sorry, I'm not overclocking a dinky little Atom...
In that case, reformat the thing with a stock copy of windows. Do NOT use any kind of recovery disk or recovery partition. OEM's like to include a bunch of little crapplets that slow down computers because they get paid to do so. Reformatting with a stock copy of windows however eliminates that.
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