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October 11, 2013 11:55:33 PM

As stated in the title, I am building a new sub-$700 non-gaming desktop PC for my aunt and her kids, who will mainly use it for office/college works, internet surfing and light gaming, light media consumption and probably light media production (think minor video/photo editing?) as well. This budget should include all the essentials, a monitor and other peripherals (speakers, keyboard and mouse). So it's pretty tight. Here are a few points I am debating:

1) Should I go Haswell? We expect the PC to last a very long time (a minimum 5 years lifespan), and will most likely not upgrade the PC in the future. But for the ease of replacement in case something goes amiss, would it make sense to pick a 4th generation CPU rather than one of the 3th generation?

2) Dual-core or quad-core? I have seen i3-3220/i3-4130 being recommended for many budget builds. But how future-proof is either of these CPUs? Or should I get a quad-core CPU, knowing that more and more programmes are getting multi-threaded support? In which case, will I be better off with something like a FX-4130/FX-6300 or i5-4430/i5-4570?

3) iGPU or discrete GPU? I have heard that sub-$150 GPUs do not offer much gaming improvement over the modern iGPUs and struggle against modern titles. Is this true? Will I be better off with an iGPU, and instead invest the money in a better CPU or a SSD for its tangible performance?

4) Are there any decent motherboards that cost less than $100? What are the important features that shouldn't be missed out on?

I have very little experience in building a desktop, with this being my second DIY attempt (my first was a PC I built longer than 7 years ago, which I have been using until now). Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks everyone for your time!

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October 12, 2013 12:12:56 AM

Best I could do.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1NKZL
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1NKZL/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1NKZL/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Asus A88XM-A Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance LP 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.96 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Antec NSK4482B ATX Mid Tower Case w/380W Power Supply ($89.99 @ Best Buy)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($94.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Dell E2414H 24.0" Monitor ($145.00 @ Amazon)
Keyboard: Microsoft Keyboard 200 Wired Standard Keyboard ($10.99 @ Amazon)
Mouse: Zalman ZM-M200 Wired Optical Mouse ($6.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $687.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-12 03:15 EDT-0400)

Edit: The A 10 has decent built in graphics and the built in PSU on the ANTEC case is decent, as ANTEC makes it. Also, no speakers listed, but headphones will be good for now.
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