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Need help choosing a good reliable Power Supply for my Mom's PC

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December 26, 2013 4:15:54 PM

Hi guys I need some advice here I'm building a PC for my mom and I am unsure how many watts and what would be a good Power Supply for this build. My mom is a teacher and she always has to stay at work after hours to get things done on the computer that is provided in her classroom.

I want to give her a new PC that I built that she could use for grades, word documents, etc... and still be able to watch some movies when she has some downtime on it. I already have a monitor and speakers for it. And I'm in the process of ordering the other parts but am unsure on the power supply size and a dedicated GPU. This is what I'm planning to build her and keep it more or less under $1000. Also I'm ordering everything from NewEgg so the prices listed for the parts are what they currently cost.

Case- Corsair Obsidian 350D with Window $99

CPU- Intel i3 4340 Haswell $160

Memory- 8 GB Corsair Vengeance Pro DDR3 1600 (PC12800) $100

Motherboard- Asus Z87M Plus uATX LGA1150 $135

Storage- Samsung 840 Evo 250GB SSD $163
Western Digital Blue 1 TB HDD $70

Optical Drives- Asus DVD Burner $20

Power Supply-(Here is where I need your advice) ?????

Graphics Card- (Here I also need some advice based on what you choose for a power supply to run this build)

Thx Guys.
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December 26, 2013 4:27:31 PM

Corsair CX 430 will be far enough for this build.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Even you can install any GPU if you want,
this PSU will supply enough power for your build with a decent GPU.
and if you don't want to play games on this build then there is no need of a GPU at all.
what is your budget for a GPU [if you want any ?] ?
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December 26, 2013 4:28:17 PM

Overkill for what she's doing. Pure overkill. I can actually part out a better system for less money though.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($159.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: GeIL EVO Veloce Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($68.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 EVO 250GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($169.95 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($67.20 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Asus Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card ($145.66 @ Newegg)
Case: Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($41.98 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Hive 550W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($26.97 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $920.71
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-26 19:26 EST-0500)

If you are willing to shop at amazon or ncix as well, the price would drop even more. No reason to get an i3 when you can get an older i5 for the same money. Everything else is pretty budget, but still offers good performance.
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December 26, 2013 5:55:06 PM

I also thought I didn't need a GPU since the CPU comes with Integrated Graphics but I had heard from some people that using the integrated graphics on the CPU can sometimes cause tearing and videos not to play crisply which I don't know if it was an isolated case but I just didn't want to take any chances. Thx again guys for all your suggestions I liked Swordkd's build idea though never thought of going back to using the 1155 socket for a much better processor at kind of the same price as the i3. But I can only choose one solution but you all have helped me out tremendously which I could choose all your guys solutions but I can only pick one thanks for all your help. :-}
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