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Computer for my Dad on Father's Day

#1Drakath360Posted 6/6/2012 3:05:41 PM(edited)
Hey guys, my dad's old computer is pretty terrible.
Long story short, he'd appreciate a new computer for father's day!

Could you guys recommend me a prebuilt that comes with a monitor/keyboard etc?
The whole deal. Preferably a 24 inch monitor.
Though I can obviously just buy the monitor separate.
Budget is $1000

He's not gonna play any games :P
#2link510Posted 6/6/2012 3:11:03 PM(edited)
Building him one would be a nicer gesture. You could make it with silent fans and be a real nice office type set up, you could put it in something snazzy like this bad boy http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811204039&Tpk=wood

But really, with a $1000 budget for an office computer, spend most of it on a really nice monitor and keyboard. He'd probably appreciate that, something professional looking and high quality. One of those Dell IPS monitors and and a DAS keyboard? Also an SSD. If you get a prebuilt, you should throw one of those in there too, just because that'd be one of the main upgrades he'd actually notice.

Oh, and a nice set of speakers (but I have no idea on those)

I'm coming up with a build right now, if you're interested.
#3Drakath360(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 3:17:09 PM(edited)
My only problem with building for him is not being at home and taking summer classes right now.

He's not really into super professional looking things. But clean is definitely nice.
As far as a Das Keyboard, I've actually been looking into getting one of those myself. But he doesn't really enjoy noisy keys, nor is he a great typist.

For speakers, I was actually thinking of just getting him the same as mine, Klipsch Promedia 2.1s

He's also hoping that a new computer would last him about 10 years. Which is probably near a realistic goal but I'd have to get him something else before 10 years passes haha.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824260047
Is this the monitor you're referring to?
#4link510Posted 6/6/2012 3:28:50 PM
Well I think some switches are pretty quiet-ish (not the blues, you'd have to look up which one). I think if you can find the time, building him one is the way to go (I still think that case is sweet). How much HDD space does he need? Does he store a lot of files? A nice quality mouse would probably be nice, too, but I don't really have a suggestion on one, since I'm really only familiar with gaming mice (do they make any other kind of high quality mouse?)

I made a build, but it didn't want to let me publish it (combo deals) and I don't feel like posting each part, but it was just that wood case, an i3 2100, cheap h61 mobo, dell ultrasharp 24' monitor, a DAS models (any clean looking mechanical keyboard would work though, DAS is spendy) and 8gb of ram a crucial M4 256gb SSD for $180 ($200- $20 off)
#5Drakath360(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 3:54:59 PM
500gb-1TB HDD would be nice. He backs up onto an external HDD that I'm unsure of in capacity.

Anyone have any prebuilt recommendations?

I'll probably go with the Dell Ultrasharp 23/24
Speakers are still a toss up, keyboard, mouse etc.
#6Drakath360(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 5:39:11 PM
Bump for Dad!
#7Drakath360(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 7:01:22 PM
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CL4BEBYwAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bestbuy.com%2Fsite%2FGateway%2B-%2BDesktop%2B-%2B6GB%2BMemory%2B-%2B1TB%2BHard%2BDrive%2F3152445.p%3Fid%3D1218380507379%26skuId%3D3152445&ei=7BjQT8b1EOnr0gHWxK3GDQ&usg=AFQjCNHoy8i_8lu-0ee-Y45B8m7E2QP3pA

Hows this?
i3-2120 ( I'm assuming that's better than a 2100)
6gb ram so I don't need to buy 8gb
1TB HDD
And a customer review said they put a 6770 in no problems.

Sound prebuilt purchase for $409?
That plus the Ultrasharp should be around $700, leaving me $300 to do whatever with.
#8DiehardFFv2Posted 6/6/2012 7:07:18 PM
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#9DiehardFFv2Posted 6/6/2012 7:18:05 PM
Ehh, I take that back. It's actually not too bad of a buy all things considered.
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#10Drakath360(Topic Creator)Posted 6/6/2012 7:21:55 PM(edited)
DiehardFFv2 posted...
Ehh, I take that back. It's actually not too bad of a buy all things considered.


That's what I was thinking
Any thoughts on 6770 vs 460 while you're at it?
Don't really have faith in HD2000.

And a mouse :P
I dunno how much he'd like a G400