different for people I would suggest not telling her ahead of time, but taking her with you and leading her to the computer displays and saying Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas Mom, let's keep it down to around $450 or so but pick out what you like here and if you don't like these we can look at some others somewhere else.
She might surprise you and prefer a laptop, but regardless you would be getting something she herself had input into and was the system she preferred.
I am considering buying a new desktop computer for my mom. She uses her computer all the time and she has been putting off replacing her 7 or 8 year old Dell that she updated over time with added hard drive, memory and a video card. Her computer is slow though. It takes all day just to download videos to youtube apparently. So I thought I'd cover both birthday and christmas with this gift.
I know she needs to edit video (she has a website). She also plays the Sims (go mom). I'd like to spend under $480 if possible. Is it possible? I know she doesn't run any other games and that she can always add memory and a video card herself. I don't think she would mind paying to add stuff I just wanted to get her a new tower. Anyone recommend a certain brand or have something basic in mind that is relatively reliable? I was thinking of purchasing from newegg.
Thanks for any advice.