Future shop vs build for non-gaming.

I got some advice earlier on a suggested build for my parents. Basically the build would come to 606$ with tax and shipping included. Now, someone suggested just going with an HP/ Dell since they won't be doing gaming.

How bad are the comps at future shop? This one for example: http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?sku_id=0665000FS10130535&catid=24137&logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG

I realize that's a refurbished computer, but the specs are just about the same, or better than the build.

This would be in the build:
http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5235299&CatId=4296

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5073818&CatId=4919

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3228139&Sku=C13-6082

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2795126&Sku=TSD-500AAKS

http://www.tigerdirect.ca/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2337810&Sku=ULT33178

Then I would just add windows, a PSU and DVD-R that we already have.

That 549$ Refurbished PC would cost a touch more an the next cheapest thing at future shop would be 499$, which again, very similar specs if not a touch better: http://www.futureshop.ca/catalog/proddetail.asp?logon=&langid=EN&dm=DEBUG&sku_id=0665000FS10129067&catid=

So is a build advantageous? Or just get them the Dell/HP since it really won't matter?
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  1. A cheap prebuilt with dual core CPU and 3GB RAM is all they need. With end of year sales you should be able to get one below $500, like an Acer or emachine. Or why not just get them a netbook?
  2. Managed to find them an acer with a 2.33ghz Core 2 Quad, 8200. 4 gigs ram, 640gb HD for 350$. Exactly what they needed. thanks.
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