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 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. Share 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. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Get the answer Totempole November 11, 2011 1:21:03 PM Best answer selected by Totempole. m 0 l Can't find your answer ? Ask ! Publish Related resources SolvedNew builder, advice needed on ~$330 basic build Forum Need basic advice on a new build Forum SolvedNew Build, Media PC with ability to do basic office needs Forum SolvedFound hardware for a $600 Haswell i3 system and now ready to build. Advice from experienced users needed Forum SolvedITX Build advice needed. First build - basic, next one - crazy stuff Forum SolvedNew gaming PC build - Advice/comments needed Forum Non-gaming basic build advice needed Forum SolvedNew to pc gaming (Intel Core I3 4010U) Forum SolvedAdvice Needed: New Build PC (BF4) Forum SolvedNew Core i7 build (advice needed- have to order in 2 days) Forum Need Advice for a Basic Office PC Build Forum Basic PC Component Advice Needed Forum SolvedBuilding new PC - Any+All Advice Needed Forum Music Production PC new build, advice/suggestions needed Forum Need Advice - Building Basic PC for Novice User Forum SolvedNew PC Build, need advice. Forum SolvedNew PC Build - Need Help/Advice Forum SolvedBuilding my new gaming pc, advice needed Forum Newbie building a new system and needs some basic advice. Forum SolvedNew pc build advice needed!! Forum More resources Read discussions in other Systems categories Homebuilt New Build Prebuilt Cases Power Supplies RAM CyberPower !