Originally Posted by YangerD
Hey guys, I'm looking to put together a budget build for the family. It will be a general use computer for the family. The most hardware taxing thing we'd be doing on it is probably just some HD video streaming on Youtube and TV station channels. We are looking to spend $500 and would like you guys to max out the budget as the family doesn't really upgrade that often. Thanks a lot for the help guys.
Alright I will be sure to help you with your budget, I am very familiar with Intel builds, and I feel like it'll still be a better choice than an AMD build.
I chose the i5 because you stated that you wanted the entire budget used. The i5 is the best idea around this price point, though I think for your needs the i3 will be more than enough if you want to save $100. I don't see you really utilizing a quad core, though it really isn't worth it getting a dual core i5 for $100 more. This is why the i5 makes the most sense.
I chose the USB3 mobo because it is made by the best motherboard manufacturer out there in Gigabyte and will give you a lot of reliability. You could do some moderate overclocking on this board in the future if you want a free upgrade, but do not expect to hit any crazy clocks on it either. It is practical for what you want to use it for.
I chose the Mushkin Silverlines because Mushkin makes the highest quality RAM on the market right now, hands down. It is also about as cheap as it gets and comes with a heat spreader so you'll have some heat protection versus a plain stick.
I chose the Corsair because it's units are always very high quality and it is usually a brand you can trust. The Rosewill posted by the poster above is also nice, but I don't know why you would get it when the Corsair is a dollar cheaper and comes with a 20 dollar rebate. That makes it $24 after rebate, which is astounding for a high quality PSU such as this.
The Geforce 8400GS is just something that will let you display a picture.
anything more is really unnecessary because your internet browser and probably all applications you will be using will not utilize your graphics card. So this is something to display your picture since the motherboard has no onboard video.
The Western Digital Caviar Green is a no brainer. $60 for 1.5TB? yes please. That is cheaper than any 1TB on Newegg also.
I threw in the DVD Burner because you'll probably need to use it at some point.
That adds up to about $500 and I left the case up to you because pretty much everyone has their own opinion on cases and there really is no set case that is best.
Hope I was able to help.