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    Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    AMD Phenom II X4 640 3.0GHz Processor
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    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...190&CatId=2628


    My mother is in her 70's but she is always complaining her computer is slow.
    And it is also 'dying' at the moment and it's an Windows XP which is dead any ways. She has a lot of photos and does a lot of emailing. This will most likely be her last computer she will buy. I was thinking she won't have any problems with this.
    Thanks for any feed back provided.
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Very good specs, it will do the job to be sure for some time

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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    For your mom it should be fine. But can you throw together something similar with maybe a name brand motherboard for a similar price? I don't know the quality of compusa.
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    For your mom it should be fine. But can you throw together something similar with maybe a name brand motherboard for a similar price? I don't know the quality of compusa.
    Not sure what the motherboard is but tower is listed as:
    HP Pavilion p6716f Refurbished Desktop PC - AMD Phenom II X4 640 3.0GHz, 6GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, DVDRW

    I thought a dual core would be great but it appears this maybe onle a single core? (from reading specs on website)
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Looks to be a nice system. Should keep her happy for a while.

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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    seems to be a quad core. the Athlon II X4 640 (which is a quad-core CPU running at 3 GHz)

    http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/artic...PU-Review/1041
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Compusa used to suck.

    Now they're opened by Tigerdirect and are pretty awesome.
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Are you planning on running it with the Windows 7 OS, or do you plan to install a Linux OS?

    She definitely shouldn't have a problem with the system being slow on a 3 GHz Quad-Core with 6 GB of RAM.

    I didn't see a wireless NIC in the specs. If it is needed you may need to buy one.

    I also noticed the ATI Radeon 4200 graphics. If you are going to run a Linux OS, that me be something that you want to look into for any know problems.
    Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; June 14th, 2012 at 01:24 AM.
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Your Mom is about the same age as my parents and honestly I would only consider buying them a Chromebook or a Chromebox. Anything beyond that is unnecessary overkill.

    Quote Originally Posted by DougieFresh4U View Post
    AMD Phenom II X4 640 3.0GHz Processor
    6GB DDR3 Memory, 1TB Hard Drive

    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...190&CatId=2628


    My mother is in her 70's but she is always complaining her computer is slow.
    And it is also 'dying' at the moment and it's an Windows XP which is dead any ways. She has a lot of photos and does a lot of emailing. This will most likely be her last computer she will buy. I was thinking she won't have any problems with this.
    Thanks for any feed back provided.
    Last edited by HappinessNow; June 14th, 2012 at 04:02 AM.
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    Re: Is this right 'tower' for my Mother?

    Quote Originally Posted by Old_Gray_Wolf View Post
    Are you planning on running it with the Windows 7 OS, or do you plan to install a Linux OS?

    She definitely shouldn't have a problem with the system being slow on a 3 GHz Quad-Core with 6 GB of RAM.

    I didn't see a wireless NIC in the specs. If it is needed you may need to buy one.

    I also noticed the ATI Radeon 4200 graphics. If you are going to run a Linux OS, that me be something that you want to look into for any know problems.
    I've worked my way around those ATI kinks, it takes a few houres of setting up (well, that's how long it takes when you don't know the quirks, but there are enough here that do, me included (i've setup ATI cards on both windows and linux and know the weired quirks of the drivers and the controlpanels thereof), and are willing to help).

    I don't have slow systems on a 1.53GHz core 2 duo with 2gb ram, so i believe you're right.
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