Good to know. I was going off my recollection that some of the cheaper Corsair PSU's weren't all that good.
Originally Posted by Alan G
If your parents want you to 'over build' a system for them that's fine. As I noted in an earlier post, you don't need anything above a Pentium with integrated graphics for this system. An i3 is not going to run any faster for word processing or net browsing. 16 GB of RAM is also way too much unless they are doing Photoshop or some other RAM hungry application. 8 GB is more than enough here. Why buy a Samsung PRO SSD? You can get a 500 GB EVO for $25 less according to NewEgg's current price. You don't indicate whether they need any more storage than just the SSD. If you are only going to have the one drive, then go up to 500GB.
Personally, I would rather save the $100 and take your folks out for a nice dinner than to build a PC that they cannot take full advantage of but that's just my opinion.
Totally agree with you Alan. 16GB is just too much for that kind of usage. I have two machines that basically surf and use Office. At 4GB I would occasionally start paging to the hard drive but at 8GB I've never come close to using it all. If the machine in question were for Photoshop/Premier/etc then sure but not for surfing and word processing.
To put it in perspective, I have an old desktop that I use to surf and occasionally use Office 365.
CPU: i3 540
RAM: 8GB Cheapo Crucial
Mobo: EVGA H55
This machine is about 6 years old but is still perfectly capable of providing a reasonable experience for those tasks.
For the SSD I could go either way. The PRO is longer-lasting and comes with double the warranty (10-years). Downside is the $/GB is double that of an EVO. I'm stuck on that one. Just don't buy the PRO thinking it's going to be dramatically faster. In benchmarks sire but not day-to-day, seat-of-your-pants.
OP - do your parents have a digital camera? I'm tempted to recommend you add an external backup solution to your budget. My parents have a digital camera and insist on either keeping everything on the SD card (risky) or dumping it to an ancient Dell Inspiron (VERY risky).Edited by MNiceGuy - 6/14/16 at 7:39am