I'm looking to build a $500-600 PC for my father. He mostly just watches movies (may HDMI out to a TV) and surfs the web, sometimes a bit of photoshop. I'm mainly doing this because he complains about how loud our old computer is, and because it's over 8 years old! He's sitting with an Athlon XP 1.6Ghz and 1GB RAM. This is supposed to be both quiet and powerful for the money (all Newegg):
SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model TS-H663C/UOAH - OEM - $15.99 Antec Solo Black/Silver Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $94.99 SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive -$79.99
HIS IceQ H567Q1GD Radeon HD 5670 1GB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.1 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card w/ Eyefinity $99.99 ($30.00 Mail-in Rebate Card)
COOLER MASTER Silent Pro M600 RS-600-AMBA-D3 600W ATX12V V2.3 SLI Certified CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Modular Active ... $79.99 ($20.00 Mail-in Rebate)
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBRL $49.99
AMD Phenom II X4 925 Deneb 2.8GHz Socket AM3 95W Quad-Core Processor HDX925WFGIBOX ASUS M4A87TD EVO AM3 AMD 870 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX AMD Motherboard (combo Deal)-$60.00 Combo = $159.98
^ You actually loose out on features such as USB3.0 and SATA 6GB/s(This might not matter, but USB3.0 is a good feature) Also the power difference I doubt, if it was a 125W TDP CPU, then you might say that, but 95W vs 73W? Also you get a true Quad...