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So I have a friend that wants to build a new computer + monitor for his parents and all they will be doing is surfing the web, watching youtube and netflix as well as reading email. He was looking to get it as fast as he can with a budget of $500 and make it so that it wont need an upgrade in a year or so and there is a Microcenter 20 minutes away from his house, he has a windows 7 installation dvd so no need for an OS. I told him that if anything he should get an SSD for it because when I went from a 7200rpm drive to an SSD it was blazing fast but other than that I don't really know how well the intel i3's vs i5's vs phenoms or even the A6,8,10 amd's are for a situation like this I'm used to gaming computers and building for more power but I know you don't need an 8 core processor for the way its going to be used. Can you guys recommend me some parts within the $500 budget? Thanks in advance!
    
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If they aren't going to need a crap load of storage, get a small 160gb 7200, and like a 128 ssd, and then spend the rest on a low end i5 if youre going intel, or one of the AMD quad core APU's, i dont really think youd need a fancy GPU, if any at all since a lot of mobos have built in ones, and the APU's have decent ones for watching videos and what not. Memory you'd only need 4, maybe 8gb if you have the extra dough. But this would be a really simple build since they wont be needing anything fancy.

I'd reccomend;
-i3 3220
-asrock h77m
-4/8gb 1333
-128gb SSD
-160GB HDD
-GPU??
-A basic case, like a source 210 from NZXT or similar.

Hope I at least pointed you in the right direction
post #3 of 9
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dA9j

This should run just fine for years to come for their purposes. Didnt include a DVD drive, under $20 and you can add that on. If 1TB is way more then they will use you can nix it for a smaller HDD or omit it altogether.

There are a ton of variations you could make using i3's or other cpus, but they wont need ne more then integrated graphics. The SSD will be the biggest boost for them as they probably wont tax a dual core let alone a quad core. 8GB RAM is probably more then they need but this allows the igp to borrow some ram and also allows breathing room for the future.

Good luck
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B75MA-P33 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($57.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS238H-P 23.0" Monitor ($137.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $496.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-05 18:52 EDT-0400)

A pentium would be fine for this build. A quad core would be a waste of money if all its being used for is browsing the internet. The speed difference of an ssd would be much more noticable so i would spend the extra on that.
Edited by South80 - 7/5/13 at 3:59pm
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post #5 of 9
Try AMD's APU route with M-ITX. You'll be able to get an extremely thin, low profile case at a great price with a reasonable GPU. I'm not sure how important an Optical Drive is, but you could get an external to install windows.

Here is what I recommend. I didn't count the monitor as a part of the PC, but you could cut back some things if you need to.

Newegg Shopping List

CPU: AMD A8-5600K
MOBO: ASRock FM2A75M-ITX
SSD: Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5" 64GB
HDD: Seagate NL35 ST3400832NS 400GB 7200 RPM
RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
PSU: SeaSonic SS-300TGW 300W TFX12V (v2.31) 80 PLUS GOLD Certified
CASE: IN WIN BP655.300TB3L

Total: $494.93 (w/o Monitor)

Monitor: ASUS VS Series VS197D-P Black 18.5" 5ms LED Backlight Widescreen LCD Monitor - $88.99
Edited by MelodicMetro - 7/6/13 at 9:10am
    
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I went the APU route. My parents are using an APU in the PC that I built for them six months ago and they love it and they use it for netflix (hooked up to their 55") e-mail, browsing, and music. Also, it has quad core CPU so that will future proof it pretty well and keep it fast for watching videos. Lastly, that Antec PSU is on the OCN recommended PSU list so that is why I picked that one. Here is the build:

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dTmN
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dTmN/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1dTmN/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.64 @ Outlet PC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-DS2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Sandisk 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.49 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Asus VS208N-P 20.0" Monitor ($109.45 @ Amazon)
Total: $499.51
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-06 16:28 EDT-0400)

Hope this helps. Cheers.
Edited by boxwunder13 - 7/6/13 at 1:32pm
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So I can't really suggest a monitor because I still use a old CRT myself, but I left enough in the budget to get one.

I'm also going to suggest 2 possible HDDs, one of which is a 2TB toshiba(which I have no experience with) and a 1TB WD Black, both of which are the same price. I didn't include a SSD because I'm not really sure they need it.

Case($35) - Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-4000
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129187

Motherboard($81) - BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138366

PSU($40) - CORSAIR Builder Series CX430
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139026

CPU+RAM Combo($139) - AMD A8-5600K Trinity 3.6GHz + Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1379329

HDD+Optical Drive Combo($95) - TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s + LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1385041

OR

HDD+Optical Drive Combo($95) - Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s + LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk Black SATA
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1384780

Total Price - $390 Everything has free shipping.

I tried to get as much build and forget quality in there as possible.
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http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1e5jU

This is over by $57.00, but since you live next to a MicroCenter, you can come in under budget.. It comes with a 23" 1080p monitor, a great low cost 4 core APU, 8 gigs of ram, a small HTPC case with PSU, a OS SSD and a 500 GB HDD. I also threw in a blu-ray player, as since this seems to be a HTPC build, they could use one if they rent BD movies. Alot of bang for their buck. The stock cooler is more than enough at stock speeds, and this will sip power, nor will it take up much space.
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