APPROXIMATE PURCHASE DATE: The next few days. BUDGET RANGE: <$800
SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: internet, office, light games (e.g. card games, puzzles), photo editing, light video editing
PARTS NOT REQUIRED: keyboard, mouse, monitor (maybe), speakers
PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: newegg, amazon, tiger direct COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: US
PARTS PREFERENCES: none
OVERCLOCKING: No SLI OR CROSSFIRE: No
MONITOR RESOLUTION: currently 1280x1024, possibly upgrading to 1680x1050 or 1920x1200
ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I'm looking to take advantage of holiday sales, and trying to get something built for mom quickly after her computer died, so hopefully will be buying in the next two days. She told me less than $1000, but I'm setting aside about $200 for a possible monitor upgrade and a few hardware and software bits and pieces. The last computer she bought close to a decade ago (hence the death). I suspect this computer will need to last a while, as well, though now I will be more vigilant about it and upgrade sooner and cheaper.
She mostly does the usual email/internet, microsoft office, printshop, a little photoshop, itunes. She plays card games, word games, puzzles, mostly, though there is a slight possibility that she or someone else might play something requiring more graphics. She's also started getting into editing some videos to send out to family. She also occasionally watches movies on it.
She's keeping the keyboard, mouse, and speakers. She currently has some 15" Dell monitor. I am about 70% certain she will want to get something bigger and newer, because she complains about how little room there is on the screen when she's doing email and stuff.
I've only built with a full ATX mobos. Do micro-ATX boards present any difficulties? If I'm going with the i3 integrated graphics, I need a H55 motherboard, and there really aren't many options for ATX motherboards. If I do go with a graphics card, should I switch to a P55 mobo like this? GIGABYTE GA-P55-USB3 LGA 1156 Intel P55 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard