Originally Posted by StardogChampion
A "mom's gonna just use QuickBooks" says G540 with 4GB and a H61 motherboard to me. Your Mom will not see ANY difference between a G530 and i7-3770K for what she'll be doing.
I am actually thinking of replacing my HTPC (Z68 Asrock 8GB/ G630) and giving it to her- and taking the i5 on Z68 Asus Deluxe for me.
Not that she "needs" it- nor do I.
But here is how I see it:
I don't think I want an aged chipset at this point. The budget allows for better than H61 and I already own a bunch of these, it might serve her for a bit but I am actually looking to build her something that might last a bit longer.
So if I step up to the 77 chipset motherboards would run about $80-$100. Plus say a $70 G850 @2.9 = $150-$200 in total cost. (You could go i3, G620 etc all basically the same)
Lets say it's $95 Asrock + $70 G850 that is $165ish if shipping is free on the motherboard (I not even look)
A Z68 Asus Deluxe is $99 @ microcenter and I can probably get the $50 credit combo on the 2500k I am hoping. So that means $208 $43 more I can get i5 quad core on a motherboard that's way more loaded with feature and higher end (except older Z68)
$43 is honestly not that big a cost to my parents, the mere suggestion it might be more capable or last an extra year or two before being not enough is worth it to them. My dad spends more than $43 on spilt beer each month... lol.
And if not- I would do it myself and give them mine for the $50 more My HTPC does not need to be a 2500k but I certainly might appreciate the extra power and I have been gaming a little on mine since it's hooked up to my theater projector.
it's tough because on one hand I want to be frugal and intelligent about this- the other hand the i5 and Asus Z68 deluxe seems such an outstanding value.
The thing that puts it over the top is I have an Asus Z68 Deluxe + 2600k in my main PC and I am not only happy with it- but I could consolidate restore DVD to both machines since the motherboards are the same and the 2500k is not much different than the 2600k.
The time I put into this setting it up could be further saved- since I might create a custom Windows install DVD with how I want it set up- to use for restore on both machine in the future. I have been wanting to do this for a while.
I am looking for a cool easy way to switch from RAID0 SSD's back to a single... without having to reinstall everything from scratch.
Basically- I thinking that a second motherboard of the same type would make it much easier for the next couple years for me - for both machines- given consolidated drivers and such.
Is it really worth $43 ???