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That 70$ extra made the build go well over price limit and since he's coming a from 4-5 years old laptop 1.6Ghz dual-core, the i3 seemed like a good choice. Twice the speed for 120$.

Regarding the monitor, I did not want to go to 1080P because, well, he won't see or won't care about the small difference. He's 60, has small desk space and is coming from a 15" laptop monitor with a resoultion of 12xx x 1024 I think.
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post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Corrupt View Post

Do you have Memory Express around your area? I go to them to price match a lot.

Where are they located ?

I'm in Gatineau, 10 minutes to Ottawa.

I see you have a Fractal case, how are they ? Easy to work with ? This will be first Fractal case, only used Antec and Corsair for case before.
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post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Arsonx View Post

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 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Item Description Part # QTY
Price

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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

you overspend on board and PSU and the monitor i would rather say
[Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-2120 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Motherboard: Foxconn H61S Mini ITX LGA1155 Motherboard ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.88 @ Canada Computers)
Hard Drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.88 @ Canada Computers)
Case: Lian-Li PC-Q07 Mini ITX Tower Case ($69.99 @ Newegg Canada)
Power Supply: FSP Group 400W ATX12V Power Supply ($19.88 @ Canada Computers)
Monitor: Acer S231HLbid 23.0" Monitor ($114.88 @ Canada Computers)
Total: $509.49

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post #14 of 15
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Thank you all for your inputs and + rep to all who helped.
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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

I know! Dont you just hate it? Ive never had that same effect from a hard drive. Well, one time this beast with a wooping raid 10 of six velecorapters did that, but thats about it. You can get 60gb ssds for $100 now (less in the states, but canadas still better!) So why not? He wouldnt neeed much more space. Heck, you could sell you windows run mint or something light and easy and go with a 16 or 32 gb ssd for everything
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