Basically this guy I work with needed a new computer. He was running an old Dell desktop with a Pentium 4 and on-board graphics, DDR2 spec memory, and a pretty awesome PCI Creative Labs sound card.
He had saved up about $400 for a computer that would "Play Age of Empires, Command and Conquer, Facebook, and Youtube," so I told him it could be done for a little over $300. He gave me the cash, and a week later he had this sweet little powerhouse perfect for him.
I definitely gave him room to expand his game library, as he came in a few days later and told me "I loaded up Age of Empires and its so fast I had to slow the game down." Hopefully he buys some games from this decade sometime soon.
CPU: - AMD APU with R7 on die graphics, for only $90? Yes please. I don't care if the stock cooler idles at 40C, this is going to be a doping cheetah on steroids compared to that Pentium 4 drowning in a whole tube of Arctic Silver 5.
(Yes the CPU in the old computer had a WHOLE 3.5g TUBE APPLIED TO IT. I'm surprised it survived that installation. I would have taken pictures but, if you've ever handled Arctic Silver 5, you know that that stuff does not mess around when it wants to get on everything.)
Motherboard: - ASRock is by far my favorite brand ever. This cheap little board offered everything a guy like Jerry could ever hope to upgrade for, and as an added bonus, it has blue heat sinks. Take a look at any build ive done, and you can see I really like blue. A lot.
Memory and Storage: - I used a moderate gaming class memory module for him because the price didn't really matter. 4G of quality ram will generally run $30. As for storage, no need to go crazy with an SSD or Caviar Black when all hes doing is isometric turn-based strategy with maybe a grand total of 50Mb of assets being read at one given time.
Power Supply: - 500W model was same price on Amazon, so I bought that one instead.
Case: - Jerry likes black gunmetal cases, he likes sleek yet bold design, and his keen eye for antithetical flow leaves only the best of the best to be worthy of him.
Not really. I thought he would like it because of the brand name. He did.