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November 5, 2013 8:55:33 AM

So I am trying to build a computer for my dad and I would like some input. I built a gaming computer earlier this year but he does not need one of that caliber. With the parts I have picked out I am trying to build a home use computer that is good quality and good for watching videos because he is always on Youtube. Here's the list of parts:

CPU: Intel i5 3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2 GHz (LGA 1155)
Motherboard: ASUS P8Z77-V LGA 1155
Memory: G Skill NS Series 2x4GB
Hard Drive: WD Blue WD10EZEX 1TB (7200 rpm)
SSD: SanDisk ReadyCache 32GB
Video Card: MSI R7770 (Radeon HD 7770)
Power Supply: Corsair CX series CX500 (500W)
Case: Corsair Carbide Series 300R (Mid Tower)

I would appreciate any feedback that you guys have to offer as I am still fairly new to building computers. Thanks

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a b À AMD
November 5, 2013 9:01:06 AM

You have a non-OC CPU and an OC capable motherboard. CHange the motherboard

Lose the 32GB SSD and use the saved money from the motherboard to step up to a 128GB SSD.

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a b À AMD
November 5, 2013 9:03:54 AM

Not sure what you're budget is but you could save money by going with an APU.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Biostar A55MD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($38.25 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($38.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($19.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $312.18
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-05 12:03 EST-0500)
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a b À AMD
November 5, 2013 9:06:12 AM

That isn't a bad system, but may be overkill for his needs.
I'd get him something like an i3-3225 which includes HD4000 graphics. If you don't think that will be enough (i.e. you may want to play some games on it too some day), then get an i3-3240 and something like a HD6570.
If you're going to get a SSD (which is not a bad idea), get a 120GB-128GB model for the OS and programs, like a Samsung 840 EVO or 840 PRO.
If your father intends to store important data, add something like a 1TB WD Passport external drive for backup, and/or add a second 1TB WD Blue and run the pair in RAID1.
Case and PSU are fine.
a b À AMD
November 5, 2013 10:17:13 AM

The APU is also a valid option, especially if overall performance is not too important. That would appear to be the case for his applications.