Friend of mine runs a DJ company in town, and was just using some generic Dell pc as his office/home (same place; some people are lucky
) machine. He's starting to notice it slowing down as its a couple years old and there's a lot of old programs and such on it.
I tried to clean it up a bit using some programs (spybot, installed AVG to scan, and few others) helped a bit. So he came over to my place later and used mine for a bit, now he's sold on a quad core pc. I told him I could try to put something together for to consider instead of buying another pre-built. Not exactly sure on his budget but I'm guessing it'd be around $600-700 max.
Basically its just going to be a surfing, media, multitasking, and storage build. So no overclocking or gaming or anything really cpu intensive. He's also knows almost nothing about computers so it just has to run, and run well.
Newegg.ca - AMD Phenom 9650 2.3GHz 4 x 512KB L2 Cache 2MB L3 Cache Socket AM2+ 95W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
Just an older phenom, but it should be more than enough I'm thinking. The Q8200 is $50 more and I'm pretty sure the difference wouldn't be worth it.
Newegg.ca - ASRock A780LM AM2+/AM2 AMD RS780L (760G) Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - AMD Motherboards
Never really heard of AsRock before, but its got good reviews, simple, and inexpensive.
Newegg.ca - OCZ Blade Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Desktop Memory Model OCZ2B800C44GK - Desktop Memory
Cheapest 4gb kit with a good name I could find.
Newegg.ca - CORSAIR CMPSU-450VX 450W ATX12V V2.2 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
Should be more than enough; and Corsair FTW.
Newegg.ca - SAPPHIRE 100254HDMI Radeon HD 4650 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFire Supported Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
Not really sure here, all I'd like it to do is run Aero and keep videos smooth.
Newegg.ca - COOLER MASTER Elite RC-310-BWN1-GP Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
Thought this one might be good, cheaper, and it has a window which he said he'd like.
Newegg.ca - Sony Optiarc Black 24X DVD+R 8X DVD+RW 12X DVD+R DL 24X DVD-R 6X DVD-RW 12X DVD-RAM 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-R 32X CD-RW 48X CD-ROM 2MB Cache SATA DVD/CD Rewritable Drive - CD / DVD Burners
Not much choice in these.
As for the Hard Drive/Drives I was thinking this Seagate 5900rpm drive for the majority of his songs. Newegg.ca - Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
Then maybe this WD for the OS + programs and data. Newegg.ca - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - Internal Hard Drives
I guess we'll probably go with Vista for now as the OS.
Any improvements/suggestions/price cuts?
Edit: Ooo ends up at $760 without an OS, maybe just the one HDD then.