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Looking for a computer for my grandma

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Posted · Original PosterOP

my grandma knows almost nothing about tech and i need to find the easiest operating system to use for her. I don't care if it is Windows, Mac, or Linux.

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what is she looking to do?

maybe a tablet would fit her better? for social media and phone calls


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2 minutes ago, jake1010 said:

my grandma knows almost nothing about tech and i need to find the easiest operating system to use for her. I don't care if it is Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Get her a Chromebook for cheap, all she needs really.  


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS z370 Gaming 5 - ThermalTake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

 

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

 

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

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Posted · Original PosterOP
3 minutes ago, Moonzy said:

what is she looking to do?

maybe a tablet would fit her better? for social media and phone calls

she is going to do photo storage, web browsing, and light office work (aka word, notepad, etc) also she already has a ipad

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1 minute ago, jake1010 said:

light office work (aka word, notepad, etc)

does any of her work require a certain OS to run?


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I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

 

Spoiler

 

Products I like:

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Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

 

Products I hate:

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Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

 

Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)

Spoiler

be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

 

Companies I hate:

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Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

 

Personal Blacklisted Companies:

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Acer monitors, Gigabyte, Seagate HDD, Kingston SSD, Razer (except their mouse), XiaoMi Phones

 

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

 

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Just now, jake1010 said:

also she wants to be able to store a moderate amount of photos and video

To add to the tips given above, for storage maybe look for something external. Might be easier in the long run. ;) (less dependent on the Pc/notebook)


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10 minutes ago, jake1010 said:

no she uses ms office and chrome only

not sure how MS office works in chromeOS, since i never used one

 

@kelvinhall05, @Electronics Wizardy or @Dedayog may know


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Spoiler

 

 

I hate Intel's pricing, Ryzen's weird quirks, Nvidia's pricing, and Radeon GPUs in general

 

Spoiler

 

Products I like:

Spoiler

Sony Xperia Z1 / Z2 / 10 ii, Asus Strix 970 / 1070, Samsung SSD, WD HDD, Corsair PSUs (AX, RM, CX(grey)), GeForce GPU, NZXT N450/S340, be quiet! Coolers, G.Skill Trident RAM, Logitech M525, Logitech G440, Razer Deathadder Elite

 

Products I hate:

Spoiler

Xperia Z3, XiaoMi 5c, Radeon GPUs, Razer Audio Products, any bloatwares

 

Companies I absolutely adore: (and hope it stays that way)

Spoiler

be quiet! - sent me AM4 mounting for my DRP3 even though it's way past the timeframe stated, no questions asked

Corsair - very good RMA experience, absolutely recommend

 

Companies I hate:

Spoiler

Nvidia, Intel, Apple, TMT (Thundermatch, a retailer)

 

Personal Blacklisted Companies:

Spoiler

Acer monitors, Gigabyte, Seagate HDD, Kingston SSD, Razer (except their mouse), XiaoMi Phones

 

Remember, just because I had good/bad experiences with these companies/product, doesn't mean you will have similar experiences too. I would still recommend these products if they made sense for your needs, but I'll add a disclaimer of my experience if it's relevant. Feel free to DM me asking why they are where they are.

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

you can download it

12 hours ago, Moonzy said:

not sure how MS office works in chromeOS, since i never used one

 

@kelvinhall05, @Electronics Wizardy or @Dedayog may know

 

 

what about linux

 

12 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

What does she need todo?

 

Id probably get a ipad or chromebook.

 

12 hours ago, Dedayog said:

Get her a Chromebook for cheap, all she needs really.  

 

12 hours ago, kelvinhall05 said:

ChromeOS

what about linux

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Just now, jake1010 said:

 

 

what about linux

No, while it's a nice OS, it's not quite ready for mainstream.  One driver update issue and you're helping troubleshoot.   I've dealt with parents and grand parents for years, simple and easy the better.

 

Don't complicate things.  


Emma : i7 8700K @5.0Ghz - Gigabyte AORUS z370 Gaming 5 - ThermalTake Water 3.0 Ultimate - G. Skill Ripjaws V 32GB 3200Mhz - Gigabyte AORUS 1080Ti - 750 EVO 512GB + 2x 860 EVO 1TB M.2 (RAID 0) - EVGA Supernova 650 P2 - Fractal Design Define R6 - AOC AGON 35" 3440x1440 100Hz - Mackie CR5BT - Logitech G910, G502, G933 - Cooler Master Universal Graphics Card Holder

 

Plex : Ryzen 5 1600 (stock) - Gigabyte B450M-DS3H - G. Skill Ripjaws V 8GB 2400Mhz - GeForce 8800GTS 640MB - 840 EVO 256GB + Toshiba P300 3TB - TP-Link AC1900 PCIe Wifi - Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 500 - Antec Nine Hundred - Dell 19" 4:3

 

Lenovo 720S Touch 15.6" - i7 7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, 1050Ti, 4K touchscreen

 

MSI GF62 - i7 7700HQ, 16GB 2400 MHz RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200rpm HDD, 1050Ti

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1 minute ago, jake1010 said:

 

 

what about linux

 

1 minute ago, jake1010 said:

 

 

what about linux

what does your grandma need to do?

 

Most linux distros have a steeper learing curve, and more to break than ipads or chrome os. So I wouldn't bother with linux if you don't need to here.

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Does she need the full set of features that offline MS Office offers compared to online MS Office, Gsuite, etc? I highly doubt it.

 

 

Chromebook.


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CPU: Xeon X5650 OC'd to 4.2GHz @ 1.35V (courtesy of @XR6)Motherboard: Asus Sabertooth X58 RAM: 4x4GB G.Skill DDR3 1866MHz GPU: Asus RX 570 Strix Storage: WD Blue 1TB and a 128GB Kingston UV400 PSU: EVGA 600B Case: Fractal Design Define C Cooling: H100i V2, be quiet! Pure Wings 2 (two intake, two exhausting through radiator) Monitor: 3x Dell P2210 on a Steelcase Eyesite triple monitor stand Mouse: Logitech G403 Prodigy Wireless Keyboard: It changes, but usually Focus FK-9000 Mousepad: Steelseries QcK XL Headphones:  Sennheiser HD598SE

 

 

 

 

i use arch btw

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Regular preinstalled (cheap-ish) windows notebook+ external drive for the files.
And a computer course so she's not helpless using it. ;)
But if she was able to figure out an iPad that last might not even be needed. :D

 


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12 hours ago, jake1010 said:

also she wants to be able to store a moderate amount of photos and video

External HDD is best to get for these. Those are really cheap considering that any cheaper/lighter laptop has limited SSD storage.


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On 9/29/2020 at 11:24 AM, Dedayog said:

No, while it's a nice OS, it's not quite ready for mainstream.  One driver update issue and you're helping troubleshoot.   I've dealt with parents and grand parents for years, simple and easy the better.

Totally agree on this. 

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