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post #21 of 33
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If he's not going to play any games (other than online flash based stuff) I would just grab a decent size SSD, 4GB of ram and either a Celeron or Pentium Haswell dual core. Power consumption will be next to nothing and it'll have more than enough power to do the tasks you say he will do.

Also, an SSD will make a very noticeable difference in a machine. You could have an 8+ core beast clocked to the moon with who-knows-how-much ram and it would still lag with a slow HDD.

OP already has a i5 1st gen, enough to do daily tasks, there's no reason to switch to a Haswell processor. But I agree with the SSD, once you try it you can't go back
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An SSD is a great upgrade for a general home user. I built my grandparents a PC from my old spare parts and included an SSD and they think its great, my nan no longer has time to go make a cup of tea while the PC boots up which she really likes.
Why should the average user be left out from experiencing up to date technology? There's no one in the world that would skip out on the chance to have a quicker computer.
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post #23 of 33
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no need for an after market cooler then, i dont realy think you need to OC CPU. (although, if you dont mind, it doesnt hurt, but u can save money by not getting aftermarket cooler)
overkill PSU for this kind of build.
he can go with a $25 corsair CX series.
agreed, this case is a really must get at this price for a budgetbuild. it does everything you need it to do. and it looks nice biggrin.gif
i dont really think an SSD is needed. he is probably an old school PC person, meaning he's used to HDD's slow speed. (like me) so he might not really care for an SSD.
that said, it might be worth getting an SSD though atm, with all these price drops.


EDIT:

agreed biggrin.gif like i said in my post too

The Capstone is much better quality than any of the Corsair CX units.
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post #24 of 33
I know the capstone us better, which is why u said it's overkill for this build. He's trying to build a budget pc, and a basic one at that, so the cx will work for him
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post #25 of 33
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I know the capstone us better, which is why u said it's overkill for this build. He's trying to build a budget pc, and a basic one at that, so the cx will work for him

There are units between the CX and the Capstone the Seasonic S12II M12II and S12G and rebrands are such units

XFX are all Seasonic rebrands such as the XFX Core Edition which is a S12II rebrands its amlost as cheap as the CX but its overall better
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post #26 of 33
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There are units between the CX and the Capstone the Seasonic S12II M12II and S12G and rebrands are such units

XFX are all Seasonic rebrands such as the XFX Core Edition which is a S12II rebrands its amlost as cheap as the CX but its overall better

yeah but those PSU's arent $20 cheap for the performance.

not sure about other countries, but in the USA, those other PSU's are similar in price to the capstone. (the $60-$100 range)
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post #27 of 33
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yeah but those PSU's arent $20 cheap for the performance.

not sure about other countries, but in the USA, those other PSU's are similar in price to the capstone. (the $60-$100 range)

Have seen the 550 watts XFX Core Edition as low as 30$
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post #28 of 33
I built a pc for my parents recently and was in a similar position to you OP. I went with a mega cheap HD 4850 or similar AMD gpu just for windows and internet browser type games.

I must say though, an SSD is essential. Without it, the PC is so unbelivably slow. Their pc also makes use of an old i5 750 cpu and 4GB of ram. For a new PC case id just go with something cheap, the NZXT source 210 is a nice little computer case I used recently. Thats only $40 on newegg, and for PSU id go with something like the Seasonc S12II 430W psu. Its cheap enough but decent quaif ever he decides poker isnt enough gaming it will be ok for games too if you keep that gtx 470 in there.
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post #29 of 33
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for the suggestions! I just want to clarify on some things.

The MOBO, CPU, CPU Cooler, RAM and GPU are already accounted for and in my possesion. They are parts from my own rig that I upgraded so these parts have been swapped out. I plan on reusing these parts with the addition of a new case and PSU for it all.

As far as the SSD goes, I think it's a nice upgrade. I just upgraded my own rig recently and I finally added an SSD and the improvement is something that I can't believe I lived without.
My father hates how slow his current rig is, this includes loading time and boot time. I think an SSD would be a nice little upgrade and for $80, a Crucial M500 120GB will do just fine.

As of now, I'm looking at picking up:

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX ($70)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M 450W ($70)
SSD: Crucial M500 120GB ($80)

Total: $220.

Total List of Parts for the Rig:
MOBO: ASUS P7P55D-E Pro LGA 1156
CPU: Intel Core i5 760
CPU Cooler: Corsair H50 (Might not even use, might just stick the stock cooler on it)
GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 470 (Might not even use)
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3

Case: Antec Three Hundred Illusion Black Steel ATX ($70)
PSU: Rosewill CAPSTONE-450-M 450W ($70)
SSD: Crucial M500 120GB ($80)

Is the PSU too much or is it just fine? I'm still deciding whether or not I should even throw in the GTX 470 in there. He said he would be fine without it. Again, all he does is use the web. No gaming at all outside of web based online games.
Edited by Hi iTs SlayeR - 4/6/14 at 7:34am
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post #30 of 33
If you're not using a GPU, you could go with a lower wattage one. I think Seasonic do a 360W Gold model. The Capstone is excellent as well though, and at least it leaves you open to add more hardware later on, so if it's similar enough in price you might as well stick with it.

Looks good to me.
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