Solved New PC Build: Basic Core I3, Advice Needed Tags: New Build Core Systems Last response: November 11, 2011 1:21 PM in Systems Share Totempole November 11, 2011 12:41:18 PM I'm building a new machine for an old lady who stays in a retirement village. I offered her a choice between a Pentium D E5700 or a Core I3 2100. She chose the latter. I sincerely doubt she'll be gaming with it, so I kept it as basic as possible to keep costs down: CPU: Core I3 2100 Mobo: Gigabyte H61M-USB3 Ram: 2GB Apacer DDR3 1333 HDD: 1TB Western Digital Caviar Green SATA 3 5900RPM DVD: LG 24x DVD-Writer GH24-NS70 Case: Cooler Master Elite 343 PSU: AOpen 350 Watt (Will this be enough?) The machine will run on onboard VGA and Windows XP. So my questions are: 1.Will the AOPEN 350watt be enough to power this system? 2. The motherboard has 2x USB 3.0 ports, can you plug USB2.0 devices into those ports? 3. This machine can still run Windows XP right? I bought this assuming the answer would be yes to all of the above, but I just want to be 100% certain. I'm only getting the parts in a week's time, so it's not too late to change my order. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks. More about : build basic core advice needed Best solution danraies November 11, 2011 1:13:31 PM Share 1) 350W is enough power with no discrete card, for sure. I've never heard of AOPEN and brand does matter for PSU's, but with that much headroom you probably don't need anything top of the line. 2) Yup, USB is backwards compatible. 3) Yes. It all looks good on a budget build. Totempole November 11, 2011 1:20:30 PM Thanks for the info. Aopen make fairly solid PSU's, I've got a 750-watt in my PC at the moment. I would say they're on par with Cooler Master or Gigabyte, but nowhere near the level of Corsair. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Totempole November 11, 2011 1:21:03 PM Best answer selected by Totempole. Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources New Core I3 Entry Level Build Forum New Core i3 530 Build Forum Brainstorming new Core i3 rig, any opinions/ advice ? Forum General SFF PC for family - build suggestions ( i3 , or i5 "overkill")? Forum Differences between Dual Core , Core 2 Duo, Core i3 and Core i5-6xx Forum New pc build advice Forum Intel core i3 2120 for photo & video editing Forum Need all but PSU and GPU. New PC For Win8, Gaming ( i3 3220?) Forum Advice needed for a new sub £100 CPU Forum Would a core i3 2100 be a good upgrade? Forum Need advice for first ever PC build Forum Advice needed for $800 New Gaming PC build Forum Sub-$1,000 gaming build * ADVICE NEEDED !!* Forum Need Advice on New PC Build Forum New $500 gaming pc , both i5/fx4100 build , need advice Forum PCI compatibility question Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !