Update 1: This rig will in fact need to be able to play games at a mid-tier level.
I am looking to purchase a new rig within upcoming month for someone who doesn't have a lot of technical knowledge about computers. This is a rig that is mainly used for internet surfing and non-intensive gaming (i.e. web games). While I'd like to say it's a non-gaming rig, that said, some current generation games still need playable decently (super high-end not required, mid-tier is what I'm looking at), at least for the next couple years.
Essentially, this computer needs to be built to last and remain functional rather than competitive, not rely on SLI/Crossfire/Overclocking or anything fancy, and must not overclock or malfunction/slow down easily. This computer is replacing a 12 year old computer that's starting to die, so stability is key here. I would like a SSD for the rig though, as I believe that will benefit this person's usage the most.
I'm looking at around $800-$1000, but I don't mind paying closer to $1000 if it means it can stay relatively more functional 10 years later (though I know any computer that lasts 10 years will be doing pretty poorly by then). But this computer won't be replaced for possibly 10 years, so keep that in mind.
Of course I am looking for affordable shipping options within Canada rather than the US if possible. Monitor and OS will be bought as well.
Thank you for any advice provided.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: within the upcoming month, probably.
Budget Range: Looking at around $800-$1000
System Usage: Surfing the net, gaming at a decent mid level
Will the integrated graphics card be sufficient? I'm not sure how long it'd last and I'm worried that an average game will come too soon (say, 5-6 years from now) that can't even be played semi-decently.
Hmm I understand what you're saying. That said, however, after discussing it with the person I'm buying this rig for, it seems that they want a decent mid-tier (yes, solid mid-tier) video card after all to play more than just web games over a span of many years. So the build will need to reflect that.
As for buying a card later, I need to buy one now. Upgrades are not to be expected as neither I or the person I'm buying the rig for has the initiative or motivation to buy upgrade parts later (barring a major hardware malfunction or a completely new rig is being built).
My bad for the initial misleading detail. I thought near-integrated graphics level would be sufficient too but apparently they want more. I have editted the initial post to reflect the new updates.
That'll meet your needs, if you need a 1tb hard disk, you'll need to add $70 to get one. Otherwise, you'll have to use the 250GB SSD. Alternatively, you can get a cheaper card, but if you're using this for several years without upgrading, than the 7870 is needed.
Hmm okay that looks pretty good. I think I will do just that and buy that $1000 setup and add $70 for a 1TB hard disk. Thanks for the help. I'll let you know if something noteworthy needs mentioning or changing, but in the meantime it looks good.