I've been putting together a low-end system for my in-law's...I think I'm going with Dell.. Yeah yeah gimme crap about it lol, normally I'd build one, but I don't think I can do it as cheap (with OS, etc) as Dell can...
They are going to use it for some internet browsing, some simple word processing and storing/viewing digital photos from their digi cam. No gaming, no powerhousing going on LOL
I wanted some opinions on a few things...namely the OS and how much RAM/CPU, and if the intergrated gpu would be enough...
I am fully aware of the C2D's, yes they are great, but when the people you are building it for work very very hard and have very little money you can't just slap in a C2D cpu...
So, here's what I'm thinking
Vista Basic Edition (anyone know of any reason NOT to go with basic?)
1GB DDR2 667 mhz ram (I went for the 1GB instead of the 512, ok with vista basic???)
GF 6150 integrated graphics... big question here...will this work OK with vista basic? (no aero glass etc), will it power a 17in LCD monitor ok? (analogue) Or will I have to go on newegg and get something faster? 7600? etc? Theres an option to upgrade to X1300 (radeon for 50 bucks or 100 bucks for the 256mb ram version)
160GB sata hdd
16x dvd/rw burner
56k modem (they live in country, no high-speed)
NO floppy (should I get one off newegg...like 8 bucks I think??)
17in LCD Dell (or should I buy off newegg, any suggestions? Dell wants 200 bucks to get one of their basic 17in LCDs)
As far as anti virus and anti spyware I was thinking of FREEWARE AVG/Adaware combo....I know not the best out there (would have gone with PC Cillin/Spysweeper for software maybe not sure yet)
Total comes to about 700 USD....they've got free shipping for the time being as well...
Main options are getting that OR
-getting a lcd off newegg, looking at a few they appear to range from 150-180 with shipping for a 17in
-getting only 512ram off dell and adding a 512 stick off newegg....dell wants 60 bucks for another 512 stick
-getting a better video card from dell (like I said, only offer radeon x1300 or x1300pro)
Any suggestions? I also checked HP and could not match the options for the same price (ie HP similar equipped was more $$$ than dell)
Thanks much appreciated!