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Long story short, my dad laptop just died on him and he was in need for a new computer. At first, he wanted to get a mac because that is what a lot of people talk about these day and he is not really informed on tech.

We went and looked at the mac price and that idea pretty much died on the spot.
So, he asked if I could build him something not too expensive and that's going to last him for some time, like at least 5 years (facebook games, surfing, email, office).
He will need everything. I already got a keyboard, mouse and Windows 7. His budget was around 500 without tax and shipping.

This is what I've put together from NCIX.ca

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Intel Core i3 2100 Dual Core Hyperthreading Processor LGA1155 3.1GHZ Sandy Bridge 3MB
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58339 1 $119.99 $119.99
Crucial CT2KIT25664BA1339 4GB 2X2GB PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 240PIN DIMM Dual Channel Memory Kit
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47642 1 $22.49 $22.49
Fractal Design Core 1000 mATX Computer Case
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58341 1 $39.99 $39.99
ASUS P8H61-I Rev 3.0 mITX H61 LGA1155 DDR3 PCI-E16 SATA2 USB3.0 HDMI DVI VGA Audio Motherboard
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62523 1 $79.99 $79.99
Antec Earthwatts Green 430W Power Supply ATX12V V2.3 Active PFC 80PLUS Bronze 80MM Fan *No Pwr Cord*
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63991 1 $49.99 $49.99
Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 1TB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 32MB Cache 3.5IN Hard Drive OEM
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58881 1 $89.99 $89.99
ASUS VE208T 20IN Widescreen LCD Monitor 1600X900 LED Backlit 5ms 10M:1DC DVI-D VGA
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56379 1 $129.98 $129.98
ASUS DRW-24B1ST 24X SATA DVD Writer OEM Black
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49597 1 $19.99 $19.99

Will this be good enough for his requirement ?

Thanks
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post #2 of 15
Absolutely. Looks solid to me.
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post #3 of 15
yes but if he wants it to last him a little more pick him up the i5 2300 for a little bit more. also at that monitor price you could easily pick up a 1080 monitor.


monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009306&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Monitors%20-%20LCD%20Flat%20Panel-_-Acer%20America-_-24009306&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=

1080 + more screen size as well @ 21.5.

also does he download many things? cause if not what id do would be pick up a 60gb ssd and a 500gb storage drive and he'll feel like his computer is faster then ever. or alternatively 90-120gb ssd. the majority of people i know (such as parents, uncles etc.) dont dl much things, heck im running of a 120 gb have 30gb of space with windows, ff chrome safari photoshop after effects sony vegas 5 games and so editing presets.

also id recommend the antec bp550 plus as the psu because its modular and honestly that will help a lot: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017KE3DM/?tag=pcpapi-20
    
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post #4 of 15
I think the CPU will be fine, Celeron and Pentium can do above tasks as well perfectly. If anything I probably change the RAM into a 8 GB kit.

OP is in Canada, so USD price doesn't apply to OP.
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post #5 of 15
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The only thing I was a bit worried about could be the monitor since I haven't heard much Asus monitor around.

Are they good compared to like Samsung (around the same price range) ?
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post #6 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by trumpet-205 View Post

I think the CPU will be fine, Celeron and Pentium can do above tasks as well perfectly. If anything I probably change the RAM into a 8 GB kit.
OP is in Canada, so USD price doesn't apply to OP.

oops sorry,

your right though but im dont think itll last 5 years down the line. id still recommend the 2300.

but asus monitors are just fine. and i heard good things about asus warranty.

also i still stick to my ssd idea as it makes any pc fast.

and if you want the psu you picked out is fine.
    
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phenom ii x4 960t black edition Asus M4A88T-M Sapphire Radeon HD 5870 4gb corsair xms3 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSPower
2tb Seagate Barracuda Green 120gb pulled out of laptop Win 7 Antec BP550 Plus 
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Raidmax Sagitta cm storm spawn Steelseries QCK 
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post #7 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Arsonx View Post

The only thing I was a bit worried about could be the monitor since I haven't heard much Asus monitor around.
Are they good compared to like Samsung (around the same price range) ?

ASUS monitor is perfectly fine.
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Intel Core i5-3570K ASRock Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 Sapphire HD 7850 2 GB Samsung DDR3 16 GB (30 nm) 
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Crucial M4 128 GB WD Caviar Blue 1 TB Lite-on DVD Burner Thermalright Venomous X 
OSOSMonitorKeyboard
Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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Rosewill Capstone 450 W Rosewill Challenger Logitech M570 ASUS Xonar D1 
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Windows 7 Professional x64 (Host) Crunchbang Linux x64 (Guest) HP 2311x HP PS/2 Keyboard 
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post #8 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blackhand View Post

yes but if he wants it to last him a little more pick him up the i5 2300 for a little bit more. also at that monitor price you could easily pick up a 1080 monitor.
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009306&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Monitors%20-%20LCD%20Flat%20Panel-_-Acer%20America-_-24009306&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
1080 + more screen size as well @ 21.5.
also does he download many things? cause if not what id do would be pick up a 60gb ssd and a 500gb storage drive and he'll feel like his computer is faster then ever. or alternatively 90-120gb ssd. the majority of people i know (such as parents, uncles etc.) dont dl much things, heck im running of a 120 gb have 30gb of space with windows, ff chrome safari photoshop after effects sony vegas 5 games and so editing presets.
also id recommend the antec bp550 plus as the psu because its modular and honestly that will help a lot: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017KE3DM/?tag=pcpapi-20

I though about the SSD but I decided to go the easy way for him, he's used to having one HDD.

I dont want him to be confused with the SSD. Running out of space on C: drive and what not.

Also, for the monitor you suggested, this is USD price.
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Corsair TX750 Corsair 650D 
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Corsair Force Series 115GB Corsair A70 Windows 7 x64 Pro SP1 Samsung P2370H 
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Corsair TX750 Corsair 650D 
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post #9 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by blackhand View Post

yes but if he wants it to last him a little more pick him up the i5 2300 for a little bit more. also at that monitor price you could easily pick up a 1080 monitor.
monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009306&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-Monitors%20-%20LCD%20Flat%20Panel-_-Acer%20America-_-24009306&AID=10440897&PID=3938566&SID=
1080 + more screen size as well @ 21.5.
also does he download many things? cause if not what id do would be pick up a 60gb ssd and a 500gb storage drive and he'll feel like his computer is faster then ever. or alternatively 90-120gb ssd. the majority of people i know (such as parents, uncles etc.) dont dl much things, heck im running of a 120 gb have 30gb of space with windows, ff chrome safari photoshop after effects sony vegas 5 games and so editing presets.
also id recommend the antec bp550 plus as the psu because its modular and honestly that will help a lot: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017KE3DM/?tag=pcpapi-20

70$ extra is alot to pay for an i5 he probably wont use. i3 should suffice just fine.

Getting the Acer monitor over the asus would be his preference, on whether he wants a larger or smaller screen. Not sure how old your dad is, but if eyesight is a problem, the Asus's lower res would help with the size. Obviously you could lower the res on the 1080 monitor (or manualy ctrl+scroll to zoom in), but why pay for something you wont use?

As you said, if he doesn't have many files, a small 60GB or so SSD would make his computer worlds faster. I've used computers at SSDs only a few times, but they make my computer feel 10 years old for a few weeks after using them.

Modular PSU really wont make a difference in this build, as airflow isnt necessary as with a high performance PC, and cables wont be seen through a window
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post #10 of 15
Do you have Memory Express around your area? I go to them to price match a lot.
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