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Building a non-gaming desktop for my father-in-law. Need suggestions...

Hello,

I've been tasked with building a non-gaming desktop for my father-in-law, and would love some suggestions for a base to build around. I've built a couple of Tom's $500 gaming rigs in the last couple of years around AMD chipsets, but the last non-gaming computer I built for myself was a workstation centered around a first-gen i7.

I'd like to keep it around $500 or less, with no real requirements other than a good workhorse cpu, 8gb of ram and in his words "lots of usb slots". I've been looking at the current gen i5 processors and they seem to me to fit the bill, but I'd love some input from anyone with recent experience with them and / or the AMD competition.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions / comments!
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  1. Intel is much better in the long run and will provide you with many years of satisfaction. And maybe a good idea would be looking to a mini-itx or something along the lines of a small form factor computer. Good Luck!

    EDIT: A current i5 is much better than a first-gen i7 currently.
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  3. jinayhvora said:


    Thanks! This is great.
  4. AgentMcBride said:
    Intel is much better in the long run and will provide you with many years of satisfaction. And maybe a good idea would be looking to a mini-itx or something along the lines of a small form factor computer. Good Luck!

    EDIT: A current i5 is much better than a first-gen i7 currently.


    Thanks!
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