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September 30, 2013 10:04:56 PM

Hey guys,

My grandpa wants to replace my grandma's PC, so instead of paying too much for lackluster hardware, I convinced him to let me build it. I wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions yourself. I'm merely looking for a most bang for your buck system, that can handle generally web browsing and emailing.

It seems the longer I research the more I change the builds up, but here is what I'm thinking at the moment.

AMD

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus F1A55-M LE R2.0 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Rosewill FBM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($21.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $295.77

INTEL


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.45 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $295.39

With the Intel build, I'm not seeing any Quad core processors in the price range, so I stuck with dual core.

Anyone have any opinions on Intel vs AMD for this type of build? I welcome all of your thoughts on the matter and am open to changing anything. Also, my grandpa is footing the bill and isn't concerned about cost, but I'd like to keep it on the cheap side. Above all else though, I want this to be the last system she ever has to buy. Let me know your thoughts, not use to building in the low end like this. 8)

EDIT: Already updated the Intel build :D 

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September 30, 2013 10:08:29 PM

The AMD will be a little better at HD video play back but other than that either system should be fine
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September 30, 2013 10:42:40 PM

Outlander_04 said:
The AMD will be a little better at HD video play back but other than that either system should be fine


Thanks for your thoughts, my grandma wouldn't really benefit from the HD video play back, so I think I'll end up going for the Intel build. :) 
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September 30, 2013 10:57:04 PM

Requisition said:
Thanks for your thoughts, my grandma wouldn't really benefit from the HD video play back, so I think I'll end up going for the Intel build. :) 

Be aware that the Intel Pentium and Celeron processors use the old (ancient) HD graphics for their integrated video, not the HD 2500 or HD 4400 found on the desktop i3, i5, i7. If you're absolutely certain she'll never watch an HD video (e.g. Youtube or Skype), then go ahead with the Pentium. But if you think she might do these things, I'd give the AMD another look.
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September 30, 2013 10:59:45 PM

Solandri said:
Requisition said:
Thanks for your thoughts, my grandma wouldn't really benefit from the HD video play back, so I think I'll end up going for the Intel build. :) 

Be aware that the Intel Pentium and Celeron processors use the old (ancient) HD graphics for their integrated video, not the HD 2500 or HD 4400 found on the desktop i3, i5, i7. If you're absolutely certain she'll never watch an HD video (e.g. Youtube or Skype), then go ahead with the Pentium. But if you think she might do these things, I'd give the AMD another look.


Ha, now I'm second-guessing myself :lol: 

Would you lean towards the AMD build? I've been encouraged to go Intel when I looked elsewhere. Would a cheap dedicated card be worth it?

EDIT: And if I were to grab a video card, thoughts on the GT 430?

And here is my revised AMD build for what it's worth:

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD A8-3870K 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-A75M-DS2 Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($37.38 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.83 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $296.17
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October 1, 2013 1:02:35 AM

Decided I will need a dedicated care in the Intel build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.45 @ Outlet PC)
Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Total: $315.38
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-01 03:59 EDT-0400)
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