$500 office PC

I want to build a new PC to replace my dad's 3.0 GHz Pentium 4. He mostly uses it to surf the internet, although he also does some music production (Cubase, Sonar, etc.). I don't know how he can stand using such an old computer. So I basically want to get the most bang for the buck. It will not be used for gaming at all.

Approximate Purchase Date: this week (the closer the better)

Budget Range: $350 to $500 after rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, music production, watching movies

Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers, OS, HDD

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com

Country of Origin: United States

Parts Preferences: prefer to use Intel CPUs

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Monitor Resolution: 1920x1080

Additional Comments: I would like a quiet PC

Here's what I have so far:

Intel Core i3-540 Clarkdale 3.06GHz 4MB L3 Cache LGA 1156 73W Dual-Core Desktop Processor BX80616I3540

Foxconn P55A-S LGA 1156 Intel P55 ATX Intel Motherboard

CORSAIR XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory Model TW3X4G1333C9A G

GIGABYTE gz-ph1a3 Black SGCC ATX Mid Tower Computer Case

I basically want the cheapest graphics card that can handle Win7 well. I chose the cheapest case that didn't have terrible reviews. I'm not sure how much power I'll need. Basically the computer will just have the aforementioned parts plus 4 hard drives and a CD drive.
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  1. I'm all for upgrading when needed....

    However, in my opinion....

    The 3 GHz P4 should honestly be perfectly adequate for the tasks mentioned, given a fresh OS install and enough memory, as is my 1.3 GHz Celeron laptop for music, surfing, and general office work...(I am unfamiliar, however, with Cubase or Sonar, sorry, perhaps they are intensive apps? I personally don't see a hugely noticeable 'Windows experience' difference between 1.3 GHz Celeron/XP2000/A64-3500+ for most day to day uses, save for gpu equipped gaming machines.

    However, the rig you have spec'd looks nice enough, if you are determined to spend the money....
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