I'm looking to build a basic PC for $400 or less. The operating system and monitor don't have to be included; I've already got those covered. Also I'd like a processor that supports AES-NI instructions. What would you put in the build and what are your suggestions?
I'd mostly be using this PC for web browsing, listening to and watching media, and storing important documents & pictures. I'm hoping that this PC will last me 4 - 5 years. Also does anyone think I could get away with a $300 - $350 build if I'm using a computer for these purposes? Thanks for your suggestions and help.
I particularly like ScrewySquirrel's suggestion, however, you can save $40 by not buying a video card and using onboard graphics. As he will not be using it for anything other than daily use, he will not need anything more than that. Also, go with the 2Tb drive as you are looking to store media, photos, etc. Or, you could go with a 1Tb drive and get a 30 gig ssd and set it up as a cache (The cache means that all the data is stored on the hard drive, but the most used stuff is also cached on the ssd for quick speeds). You will get the speed of an ssd, and the size of a hard drive.