Hey guys, my parents 5-year old Pentium4 Windows XP computer is nearing it's last days so I need to build them a new computer. No gaming will be done on the computer, but I would like it to last them 4-5 years (they'll use Windows 7 throughout I'm sure, I can install more RAM at a later date if need be). Based on how my parents will use this computer (usage info below), is the build overkill? Right now I'm a bit above budget also. Most importantly I want this computer to last them many years...Thanks!
Approximate Purchase Date: Soon, July 2011
Budget Range: Below $800 if possible (Canadian dollars...basically on par with USA dollars right now)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing web, email, Microsoft office, movie watching (maybe in HD)
Parts Not Required: Mouse, keyboard
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, ncix.com
Country of Origin: Canada
Parts Preferences: No preference in particular...I'm more concerned with price & quality than having a particular brand
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1440x900 ? (monitor has to be in the 19"-22" range)
^ It is a powerful build no doubt, but IMO this would suffice -
Phenom II X2 555 3.2GHz + Biostar 88-G board - No need for a discrete graphics card as the onboard video can easily handle even 1080p playback and a very fast dual-core would still suffice for the tasks that you have listed http://www.newegg.ca/Product/ComboDealDetails.aspx?Item...
CASE + PSU - See if you can get this case as the shippin @ newegg is pretty high
Antec NSK 4482B Black 0.8mm cold rolled steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply
- Comes with EA 380 which can handle even HD 6750 so for onboard this would easily suffice http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681...
I'm going to agree with gkay09's suggestions based on your stated needs for your parents. unless you plan on gaming on their rig, then he is spot on. the Antec Case and PSU is he recommended it very solid. I've used many of them and never have a failure.