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The computer in my Sig rig is going to be gutted (and parted out) for a rig for my dad. The GPU is dead, I've got my own gaming laptop, and he just doesn't need the horsepower. So I was thinking of getting him an APU, and obviously new mobo and RAM to go with that.

The most he does is watch 1080p videos. BUT he wants something that will last 5+ years. What do you guys suggest? I was thinking:

AMD A10-6800K - $150
MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 - $60
G.Skill Ripjaws 8GB - $65

$275 on Newegg.

Will this be enough to last 5+ years of nothing but streaming sports and regular web browsing? Would the power consumption be down?

OR


Should I just buy a new dedicated card for like $50 and keep this rig going? I don't know what to do.

EDIT: Bought a Sapphire 6670 1GB DDR3 for $65.
Edited by Lombax - 6/9/13 at 11:19am
    
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Just replace the gpu with a low-power consumption card like an HD6570 or GT630.
The Q9450 will still be speedy for the next 5 years just for watching live stream and hd movies.

Use the money instead to buy him a new monitor, its the 19" CRT that eats a lot of power, probably 70 watts, while an lcd only uses around 10 watts.
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Just replace the gpu with a low-power consumption card like an HD6570 or GT630.
The Q9450 will still be speedy for the next 5 years just for watching live stream and hd movies.

Use the money instead to buy him a new monitor, its the 19" CRT that eats a lot of power, probably 70 watts, while an lcd only uses around 10 watts.

this is exactly what i would do
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But...but...the 19" CRT is georgous....

EDIT: What about the 6670? The low-end DDR3 ones are the same price as a 6570.
Edited by Lombax - 6/9/13 at 10:57am
    
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You could get away with using a cheap gpu such as a HD 6450
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