This or that. Building on a very small budget.
Im building a new computer for my mom, currently she has a 4 to 5 year old dell (p4 skt 478 2ghz i believe, lets just say its REALLY slow) and theres just so much wrong with it. they're are very few drivers out for it now, and has a lot of issues with new products. So im building her a new one, she just needs it for basic e-mail, banking, surfing, and some music and video. she doesn't need anything special. I have two routes i can go with the mobo/cpu that will fit in her weak budget...
1) get a x2 3600+/3800+ and a basic mobo with onboard graphics (she doesn't need a graphics card) which will be about $160-$180 for the both, via newegg.
2) get a pentium d 820 i believe ($95) and a gigabyte s2 (onboard graphics as well) which will cost about $195-$200 together, also via newegg.
however i know the x2 route would be better probably performance wise and definitely price/performance. but i also need to consider that i could give her my e6400 if i go the 2nd route when i look to upgrade. Its pretty tricky, and im not sure if it will really matter, or if she would even notice the difference between an x2 and a pD/e6400 for what she does, lol. Also i have no personal experience with an x2 3600+/3800+, some suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
My gaming rig:
ASUS P6T | i7-920 D0 @ 4.0GHZ - 1.25v w/ H50
GTX 460/768MB (750/1500/2000) | 12GB Corsair DDR3-1600 @ (8-8-8-24)
2 x PS-100 32GB SSD Raid 0 | 4 x WD 750GB Raid 5 | Corsair 620HX
Asus 21.6" LCD (1080p) | LG 32" TV (1080p)
Logitech G15 | Logitech MX518 | Logitech MX1100 | Razer Mamba
Heatware | http://www.heatware.com/eval.php?id=59417