Hi, I hope it’s OK just to tag onto this thread, rather than starting a new one!
I’ve intended for many years to have a go at PC building, but I guess always a little intimidated by it all. Understandable enough, I guess, especially if it’s a high-spec PC, given the cost of failure! Anyway, it’s just occurred to me that my mum, who can’t move around very freely, would benefit from having a PC connected to her big TV, rather than having to use the ancient thing that she still uses in a poky little room upstairs. I’ll admit that there’s a selfish side to this, of course, because it would be a good opportunity for me to practise on a low-spec unambitious PC.
I’m just writing on this thread to see if there are any significant advances on what was written above. It was only 20 months ago, so I suppose things won’t have changed all that much. But then again, you never know. If there’s any revolutionary change, please let me know. The only non-negotiable prerequisite here is of course that it’s going to be sitting in my mum’s living room, so she’s of course not going to tolerate an ugly black box. Is there a place somewhere that you can find attractive but flexible cases? I’m in the UK, by the way (hence mum and not mom).
The only other things I can think of are just that:
of course it needs to be able to connect to the TV, but I assume that there’s no such thing as a PC without HDMI.
although of course it’s primarily for my mum, I would like to be able to use it myself whenever I’m at her place, so would want to do a dual boot Ubuntu/Windows install (with Windows as default of course, so as not to confuse her). I’m fairly used to doing that stuff by now, so think I don’t need too much advice about that. It’s just about making sure that I’ve got UEFI to make the dual boot install much easier, isn’t it?
I’d want it to have a wireless keyboard and mouse (preferably ergonomic in both cases) that she could use comfortably from the sofa.
Ha! She’s actually accusing me of wanting to turn her into a complete couch potato, but it’d definitely be better than what she’s got now :~)
Thanks in hopeful anitcipation