So I decided that I'd see about building her a desktop. After talking to her brother over the holiday we decided a very energy efficient SFF build would be to her liking (she doesn't like big cases that are hard to move and the main reason she's stuck to laptops is energy efficiency). We came upon a combo deal for a AMD Athlon 5350 (2.05Ghz quad core) & ASROCK AM1B-ITX mITX mobo brand new for $70 shipped and so we went in together to buy it. While this wont be a crazy powerful pc it will be cheap and more than blow the laptop away (laptop is 2Ghz dual core maxed out at 4gb ram).
Im planning on 8gb ddr3 1600 (probably pull the kit from my pc and get some 1866 for mine)
Not completely sure on gpu yet as the R3 that is built into the cpu is horrific so I may use my old PNY Geforce GT 730 or may keep my eye out for something else.
Plan is a small (thinking 240gb ) SSD and a 500gb 2.5" hdd). Would also like to have an odd and sd card reader as she would likely use an odd and will need a sd reader.
Now where I'm having trouble is deciding on a case. I have an empty xbox 360 case that I've been wanting to put a mitx build into but I'm not sold on the idea for this as I doubt I could get it built quite the way I want to for her needs.
I also have a Dell 537S case (good bit bigger than the xbox case but still a baby when setting next to my full tower) with a 250w psu, odd, card reader. This would be a lot easier to put together and have everything she would need with some room to grow.
I'm still looking into other case options as well but don't want to go too crazy as budget is key.
Any input welcome.
Edited by whitefiretiger, 07 July 2016 - 12:53 AM.