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Just specified parts for a build for Dad - mwhals - 04-09-2012

Dad wants a new PC to replace his over 5 year old HP computer. This computer will be more than he needs, but within his budget. I am building it from the Tier 1 workstation with an upgrade on the case and video. This will last dad for several years. He only does MS office, internet, Quicken and email with it. I went with a workstation build as it should work well for him and he definitely doesn't game. This is what I am building for him:

LIAN LI Lancool First Knight Series PC-K9B Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

ASRock Z68 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

PNY VCGGT5201XPB GeForce GT 520 (Fermi) 1GB 64-bit DDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready Low Profile Ready Video Card

SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K

G.SKILL Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL9D-8GBNT

Seagate Barracuda ST500DM002 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive

ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM

Intuit Quicken Deluxe 2012

Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Business

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatpipe Direct Contact" Long Life Sleeve 120mm CPU Cooler Compatible Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7

The total for hardware is $794.91 with additional for the software he wants upgraded. He already has new antivirus software.

I had to go with the extreme4 motherboard to get a USB3 header on the motherboard since the extreme3 did not have the USB3 header. There was a motherboard in the middle of those two, but it was out of stock and we wanted to go with one supplier.

I love it when someone wants me to build a PC, because I obviously can't build one for myself every month, LOL!


Ordered the parts. The total, including shipping, was $1130.10 with about $380 of it being software he wanted.


RE: Just specified parts for a build for Dad - Phrosty - 04-10-2012

I know it's none of my business, but why did you pay for office when openoffice and libreoffice are free and can open and edit office documents?


Just specified parts for a build for Dad - mwhals - 04-10-2012

Macros and Pivot tables are not compatible between MS Office and Open Office. At home, I need to be able to use documents created at work and home. If I used open office, my work files would not be compatible due to macros and pivot tables. I also make spreadsheets for Dad. He needs MS Office to use the macros and Pivot tables I do for him. Besides, I get office for $20 due to the Microsoft at home program at work. Office isn't the only software he bought and also Windows 7 Home Premium OEM is $100 of it.


RE: Just specified parts for a build for Dad - Pineappl - 04-10-2012

Openoffice is honestly only good for doing the most basic of stuff. Any tables or formatting do not copy over correctly from MS into Open. I experienced this first hand when a roommate had to download a job application in MS-Word that was a giant matrix of tables for all the info to fill out. When he opened it with Open Office the tables disappeared so it was massive amounts of text just floating in space.

And like mwhals said most work environments use MS-word so working with those from home with Open would be a nightmare.


RE: Just specified parts for a build for Dad - Phrosty - 04-10-2012

I retract my statement. Sad I was unaware.


Just specified parts for a build for Dad - mwhals - 04-10-2012

No problem. Your statement is true for most people that just do simple spreadsheets or word documents. I am just not one of those people as a chemical engineer.
Parts arrived today. Dad is going to bring them over tomorrow. It will be my weekend project or early week project.
It is stress testing with prime95 while my wife and I are out.
The computer is assembled and Windows 7 is installed. Drivers are being installed now to be followed by updates and remaining software.


RE: Just specified parts for a build for Dad - Phrosty - 04-14-2012

Cool. Looking forward to seeing the finished product. Smile


Just specified parts for a build for Dad - mwhals - 04-14-2012

It is done.


Just specified parts for a build for Dad - mwhals - 04-15-2012

Dad loves it. Much faster than what he had.


Re: Just specified parts for a build for Dad - MathieuB - 04-15-2012

Awesome, congrats on a build well done Smile

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