Hi guys. I just built my first computer about 2 weeks ago with a LOT of advice from this forum. I'm really happy with it and after seeing how fast my 800 dollar computer was, my gf's parents want me to put together something for them. They have like a 5 year old budget HP, so its definitely time for them to upgrade. Wanted to get your impressions on this build I've put together since my rig was mainly for gaming.
Approximate Purchase Date: 1 week
Budget Range:550 before rebates.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing the internet, light photo editing (he's a painter so he views wildlife photography) , watching movies
Parts Not Required: keyboard, mouse, speakers
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg
Country of Origin : United States
Parts Preferences: Was very impressed with the value on my AMD 955 BE, so wanted to probably stick w/ them, but maybe an i3 would be better, I'm not sure.
Overclocking: I will probably lightly overclock it for them, say 200 Mhz or so.
SLI or Crossfire: They won't be gaming
Monitor Resolution: They're getting kind of old so I think too high of a monitor resolution would be lost on them. My thought was that 1600 x 900 would be plenty for them.
If you think it will be a little more graphics heavy than the on-board graphics can handle, then the i3 Sandy Bridge series would be great to look at since they have a built in GPU. If you think the on-board is sufficient, then it might be a better idea to base the system off of an AMD Anthlon II X3 or X2 since the price is much lower.
It's considerably better than the build posted above and you won't need to upgrade for 4 years--even then a CPU upgrade would be adequate. The integrated graphics on this can handle anything up to light gaming. The integrated AMD graphics above might not play all HD video content in a couple years.
That chip (i3-560) is a good deal slower than the i3-2100 with much worse graphics performance. I'd have to check benchmarks to get the actual performance loss, but it is significant, especially when you consider the better one is cheaper: http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1179-page4.html