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New home office PC build parts advice

I'm helping someone build a new home office PC to replace a really old XP Pentium 4 based system.

Approximate Purchase Date: A month or two

Budget Range: Up to £350

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Label printing (HLS Pro), image manipulation (basic), web browsing and emails.

Are you buying a monitor: He has a 16" 1024x786 currently, he would upgrade if it came within or close to the budget.

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes.

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: UK websites, well known.

Location: Wales

Parts Preferences: None.

Overclocking: No.

SLI or Crossfire: No GPU unless suggested CPU has no in built graphics.

Your Monitor Resolution: 1024x768.

Additional Comments: 1TB had drive should be enough, 4GB of RAM.

And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: His current PC is 10 years old, running XP, a Pentium 4 processor 2.8GHz. Really slowing down.

These are the parts I've chosen currently:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz Dual-Core Processor (£77.99 @ Aria PC)
Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard (£31.85 @ Aria PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory (£27.59 @ Aria PC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive (£33.59 @ Aria PC)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case (£31.04 @ Amazon UK)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply (£36.04 @ Amazon UK)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer (£11.69 @ CCL Computers)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) (£49.00 @ Amazon UK)
Total: £298.79
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-04-15 12:05 BST+0100)

He will be mainly using HLS Pro label printing software on it as well as some image manipulation and web browsing. I'm just wondering whether this would be a decent enough setup to last about 5-10 years, bearing in mind the budget is around £350 maximum. Thanks in advance and I look forward to your responses.
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  1. If the usage is strictly for applications mentioned even the lower cost Pentium G's would do fine.Memory is adequate at 4Gb too and rest of everything is good. Fourth gen i5 i quite capable and you won't be having any hassles.
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    For those tasks, probably. i3 processors are dual-core with hyper-threading which definitely doesn't compare to the performance of a quad core but it seems like their load is minimal. I was using i3 procs for builds at a previous company who basically just needed web access and microsoft office so don't feel like you have to go for a more expensive processor. If I wanted to build something to last for that length of time though, I would consider going with the i5-4570 - the amount of system resources necessary for desktop applications and web browsing are bound to go up substantially as time passes and it's better to be prepared than having to replace the system entirely. Don't feel like you have to, but I would recommend it.
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