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 | E-mail me updates | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Best solution danraies November 11, 2011 1:13:31 PM 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. | Report abuse 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. | Report abuse Totempole November 11, 2011 1:21:03 PM Best answer selected by Totempole. | Report abuse Register or log in to remove Ask the community Publish Tom's Hardware>Forum>Systems>New PC Build: Basic Core I3, Advice Needed> Related ressources: ForumNew Core I3 Entry Level Build ForumNew Core i3 530 Build ForumBrainstorming new Core i3 rig, any opinions/ advice ? ForumGeneral SFF PC for family - build suggestions ( i3 , or i5 "overkill")? ForumDifferences between Dual Core , Core 2 Duo, Core i3 and Core i5-6xx ForumNew pc build advice ForumIntel core i3 2120 for photo & video editing ForumNeed all but PSU and GPU. New PC For Win8, Gaming ( i3 3220?) ForumAdvice needed for a new sub £100 CPU ForumWould a core i3 2100 be a good upgrade? ForumNeed advice for first ever PC build ForumAdvice needed for $800 New Gaming PC build ForumSub-$1,000 gaming build * ADVICE NEEDED !!* ForumNeed Advice on New PC Build ForumNew $500 gaming pc , both i5/fx4100 build , need advice ForumPCI compatibility question More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !