I was using my sister’s computer the other day and it was painfully slow compared to my main computer and even compared to my backup, which is five years old.
Her computer is an old hand-me-down I built for myself years ago, probably late 2006, and has one of the slowest Core2 Duo processors, a Conroe E6300 that runs at 1.83ghz.
I would put in an ssd for her operating system, but that motherboard has no provision for AHCI in its bios, and there is no newer bios available. I tried last year to upgrade to an ssd for her, and it simply would not load Windows, no way, no how.
So, time for something new. She does not run any programs that would stress a computer. She surfs the net and uses Word now and again. That’s about it, other than online games that would not stress a new processor and onboard video.
She has a tablet, but prefers a desktop and keyboard. And she has no use for a laptop.
So, that’s it for the build up. Here is what I’m considering. I have extra DDR3 ram sitting around, so I’m going to stick with Haswell for the processor. I also have a new power supply and the case and all peripherals are good. I need a cpu, motherboard and an ssd for Windows 7.
I want a micro-atx board with 4 memory slots, since I might want to upgrade the amount of memory in the future, and its possible I’ll have extra 2GB chips available then. I’m starting her off with the 2 x 2GB I have now. I’ve found two motherboards that are very inexpensive, an Asrock and this Gigabyte that I’m now favoring. The Gigabyte is $65.
And I’m going to get a Crucial SSD I think. The BX100 250GB is $85 right now at Newegg.
The real question is the cpu. She doesn’t need much, but it has to have built-in Intel graphics. I’m looking at the i3 4170, which is on sale for $110 (with coupon code) this weekend. It may be far more than she needs however. A Haswell Pentium or Celeron might be enough, but I have no experience with them.
Any input will be appreciated.