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Hi OCN,

My mom needs a new computer so I told her I'd build one for her. Problem is I'm very well versed in the high-end spectrum of PC parts but not the lower end stuff that she requires, so I did the best I could and I'm looking for some input. She will be using the computer for web-browsing, email, pictures, you know... mom stuff. Here's a build I've put together:

Mom Build

She wants to try and keep it as cheap as possible, but fast enough for it not to seem "slow". I added the SSD in there because I know it'll blow her away, but it might make things too expensive. She also needs a new monitor, I grabbed a nice 1080p one that seemed reliable.

I already have a Hyper 212 EVO and an optical drive that I could use in the build need be. Also, if I need to go Intel I will, but I've heard good things about the APUs for low end builds. Any input on how I can get the price down but still have a fast enough PC for "mom stuff" is appreciated.
Edited by PapaSmurf6768 - 11/10/13 at 4:23pm
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Changed out PSU to shave off about $25, I don't think you can do much more better than that. Intel is usually more expensive than you think. Doing the things she's going to do I doubt anyone would be able to tell in a blind test what CPU they're using.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($98.23 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($66.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $592.16
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 20:19 EST-0500)
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This is what I would recommend. It will be quick, have everything she would need, and nothing she wouldn't. I also agree with the above post about a Gold rated PSU but you won't need more than a 360W power supply. I actually use this particular PSU for my home server/NAS and it's very efficient/reliable. I went with a single larger SSD instead of adding an HDD. I know my mother wouldn't understand what to put on which drive so it's simpler just to have one drive for everything.

Benchmarks

CPU: [http://amzn.to/19cfuly]AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor[/url] ($67.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A85XM-HD3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($64.49 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($174.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-02 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 360W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Amazon)
Monitor: Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $601.68
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-10 21:43 EST-0500)
Edited by BYOGamingPC - 11/10/13 at 6:45pm
post #4 of 7
I'm assuming no discrete GPU upgrades or overclocking for this build, since it's for your mom.

Everything except for HDD $438.93
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/20u5Q

Seagate Momentus XT 750GB Hybrid $109.99
http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Momentus-7200RPM-Hybrid-ST750LX003/dp/B00691WMJG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1384138346&sr=8-1&keywords=momentus+xt+750gb

Most of the parts remain unchanged, I upgraded the APU to the 6600k, seeing that's only a few dollars more, but I downgraded the PSU to a Corsair CX430M as the APU itself will only take 100w at stock. I don't think your mom would want to deal with having two pools of storage (SSD and HDD). The Momentus XT Hybrid is gives a decent boost to frequently used files, and this is the previous gen with 8gb of SLC NAND and 7200rpm HDD. It should feel snappy enough for the usage listed.
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I actually could do some overclocking since I can install a Hyper 212. The Momentus is a good idea, I was worrying over how to explain to her how to use the two storage bays.
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CPU/GPU/MOBO $195: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1465520
RAM $75 after promo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231654&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
HD $157: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0093HMLAS/?tag=pcpapi-20
Case $48 after promo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112394&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
PSU $40 after promo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817371033&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
Monitor $117 after promo: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824014329&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

~$632.

Includes a very nice quality ITX motherboard and onboard wifi/bluetooth (which may be desirable in the long run and would be an added expense on other build options)

That motherboard is available in great combos with several FM2 chips, pick your flavor depending on budget. Opt for the A10-6800K if you can it's a nice chip that can dig in for the long haul IMO.

That case/PSU option is just to get the ball rolling on this ITX idea which hasn't been explored yet here. There are other cases/PSU's worth considering, especially the little silverston boxes for like $35 and the Rosewill Capston 450M which is currently on promo special for $50 shipped (but won't fit in the little lian case I picked out). Considering that the machine will likely never pull more than about 150W peak, there are some case/PSU combos in the ITX size out there that come with PSU's that, while maybe not really high end, could probably be gambled on for this build to help offset the budget for better hardware elsewhere.

I think a single large SSD (skipping the mechy all together) is worth exploring is the budget allows

Keep your eye out for price-cuts on IPS panels. Even the cheapo entry level ones are quite nice looking: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824005364&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= that is not a bad deal for a 23" panel that looks that good. (we have one here, I think we paid even less than that about a month ago so keep an eye on the price!)
     
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I think I've found the most lucrative build possible... I also know this PSU is overkill... and so is the case... But those prices man. Those Prices. SSD upped to 256GB so your mother doesn't have to deal with two separate drives.



RAM($70 with promo code EMCWWXR32) - G.SKILL Trident X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 2400
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231587

SSD($160) - Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA III
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226237

Motherboard+Case Combo($130) - BIOSTAR Hi-Fi A85W FM2 AMD A85X (Hudson D4) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI ATX + Thermaltake SOPRANO VO900M1N2N Black SECC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1476881

APU+PSU Combo($125) - AMD A8-5600K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.9GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 100W Quad-Core + Thermaltake Tough Power TP-750P 750W
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1474072

Total Price(Without Monitor) - $491 with shipping included.

I feel dirty posting those combo deals.
Edited by Alanim - 11/10/13 at 10:20pm
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