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Tim, I wouldn't worry about your Ivy Bridge i7-3770K not being up to snuff against the upcoming Haswell i7-4770K.

The only things that Haswell has over Ivy Bridge is moderately-better overclocking (presumably), some new CPU instructions (which will take time for programmers to utilize in new software versions), and a largely-improved iGPU.

As for your Aunt's build, I'd recommend something simple like this (assuming that it would be built after Haswell's introduction in early June) :

CPU: Haswell i5-4570 (3.2 GHz / 3.6 Turbo quad-core)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3
RAM: 2x2GB or 2x4GB DDR3-1600 @ CL9 timings (depends if they want 4GB or 8GB)
HDD: Western Digital 1TB WD10EZEX
DVD: Whatever 24x burner's on sale
PSU: Antec HCG 520w (nicest low-mid cost model I could find @ Centrecom, has more then enough wattage for an i5 + any single video card)
CASE: Whatever ATX-sized case strikes their fancy

The integrated GT2/HD4600 graphics of the i5-4670 might be sufficient for a casual rig, but if a discrete card is needed then something like Gigabyte's GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB should fit the bill.

Note that I picked a quad-core i5 over a dual-core i3 because by all appearances your Aunt's the type to keep a rig for several years (as evidenced by currently owning a C2D CPU), and the extra cores will be of even more importance over the next few years.
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Tim, I wouldn't worry about your Ivy Bridge i7-3770K not being up to snuff against the upcoming Haswell i7-4770K.

The only things that Haswell has over Ivy Bridge is moderately-better overclocking (presumably), some new CPU instructions (which will take time for programmers to utilize in new software versions), and a largely-improved iGPU.

As for your Aunt's build, I'd recommend something simple like this (assuming that it would be built after Haswell's introduction in early June) :

CPU: Haswell i5-4570 (3.2 GHz / 3.6 Turbo quad-core)
MOBO: Gigabyte GA-B85-HD3
RAM: 2x2GB or 2x4GB DDR3-1600 @ CL9 timings (depends if they want 4GB or 8GB)
HDD: Western Digital 1TB WD10EZEX
DVD: Whatever 24x burner's on sale
PSU: Antec HCG 520w (nicest low-mid cost model I could find @ Centrecom, has more then enough wattage for an i5 + any single video card)
CASE: Whatever ATX-sized case strikes their fancy

The integrated GT2/HD4600 graphics of the i5-4670 might be sufficient for a casual rig, but if a discrete card is needed then something like Gigabyte's GTX 650 Ti BOOST 2GB should fit the bill.

Note that I picked a quad-core i5 over a dual-core i3 because by all appearances your Aunt's the type to keep a rig for several years (as evidenced by currently owning a C2D CPU), and the extra cores will be of even more importance over the next few years.

Yea Im not concerned about Haswel for my rig, my computer is fine so far.

Speaking of my aunty's build, I quickly made a basic outline of what parts could be in her computer for on a budget menaing nothing fancy but future proof like you said.



Just an outline for getting an idea for the price. It will need to be capable of playing Sims and of course the every day tasks: microsoft word, email, internet basic stuff.
As for the case, well...maybe help me pick one good enough to just make it work, I'm sure she wouldn't not mind what it looks like:
Centrecom case without PSU
Centrecom Computer Cases with no PSU Link

With her current computer, I will be able to re-use her current HDD which is a WD caviar blue 500GB, and the dvd/cd drive a LG one.
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