What do you guys think of this? I went a little over budget, but i think its pretty good.
Let me know if there is anything you would change, I will be ordering as soon as a get the ok from a few people.
Thanks much appreciated
You could probably drop the graphics card and save $50. Also I would replace the processor with a dual core one which depending on his usage could be either a good Phenom II x2 550 or a decent, very cheap Athlon II x2 245. Other than that it looks pretty good. Maybe I missed it but what exactly is your budget?
If he doesn't do a lot of multitasking he should go for a faster dual core, if he does some maybe a 710 (triple core) would be better. The quad core 9600 is probably the worst quad core on the market (I understand why you picked it out though) which means a lot of the times a dual or triple core alternative could outperform it. Also, less importantly, that particular model has TLB errata problems, which I know very little about, so maybe someone else could elaborate on that topic...
No, the 4670 would offer better performance than the 3300 and you do have a moderately high resolution monitor but if he doesn't do much gaming I would take a faster processor and better motherboard first, see how it works, and maybe try to save up for a discrete graphics card in the future...
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I like the build suggested by IH8U, and your AMD build wasn't bad but.... both the 8650 and the 9600 are low clocked original phenoms.
Going with an AMD Athlon II X2 245 or AMD Athlon II X2 250 for the CPU would be a better option. Just make sure you select a board that supports it without needing a BIOS update . The games your dad will be playing will benefit more from the improved architecture and higher clock speed than having more cores.