my parents' computer has been used for over 4 years and I convinced them to finally get a new one. I volunteered to build them one for about $500 or less. Since I've never built a computer before, I thought this could be a fun experience. They only use the computer for daily computing, but of course the faster the better. I dunno what parts I can reuse from the old dirty PC... maybe the 1GB of RAM? XD
Purchase Date: In a few weeks or a couple of months
Budget: less than $500
System usage: surfing, low end programs, media, games
Parts not required: keyboard, mouse, OS, monitor is needed
Preferred website: Newegg
Additional comments: my parents have always complained about the noise the HDD makes, but that's a really old drive, I trust most modern HDDs are probably not loud at all. The current computer has a 300GB drive and it's not even full yet, so I think a 500GB drive should be enough.