I didn't really have a particular system in mind. My parents PII 450 is on it's last leg, and I'm just thinking ahead cause I'm going to just build them their next computer. But I also have plans to build a system for myself (much more trick) so I wanted to see if there was just a guideline I could go with. Basically there's no such thing as too much power? I myself right now have an enermax 550w. I have an AMD XP 2200+, 1 gig ram, 3 HD's, CD,DVD, GeForce4 ti4600, SB Audigy, and I'm probably still over powered.
For the sake of this conversation. Let's say for my I parents I go something like this:
- asus A7V8X-X w/ AMD Athlon XP 2600+
- 512 mg ram
- 40 gig HD
- ATI radeon 9000 (not the all-in-wonder)
- Soundblaster Live! 5.1
they don't do anything besides surfing the internet, scanning photos, and my step dad makes CD's sometimes. what do you think?