Have a friend who wants to build his own computer, but has a rather limited budget. $400-500, preferably the lower end of that spectrum. He doesn't game, doesn't need to overclock . . . basically it will just be an internet machine and maybe stream videos, youtube stuff, etc. I have very little experience with lower end "budget" builds and thier components, so help from this community would be greatly appreciated.
Approximate Purchase Date: Whenever
Budget Range: $400-500 before MIR
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing internet, watching movies, etc
Parts Not Required: Monitor, keyboard, mouse. No accessories needed
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: www.newegg.com or www.scan.co.uk for bigger parts like case. We live in the UK, but have a US postal address (APO military)
Parts Preferences: None
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Unknown, but I doubt it's better than 1920x1080
Additional Comments: It would be "nice" if it was a little flashy. Window and LED fans and all that. But value > appearance. Since he's not going to be using it for gaming, I assume integrated graphics would work. HDD prices are through the roof with the floods, and he has a HDD in his current HP, but I'm not sure what the connection is, IDE/SATA, so I'm not even sure we could use it, depending on mobo selection.
So to save some money in the build I went with a case+psu combo. Thats what I personally have. Obviously buying one by itself would be better so I will do another build with a case and a seperate PSU. The build I have also allows you to have a more powerful procceser/gpu. As far as the RAM goes. Personally my own system idles at like 2 or so. I just always go with 8gb to be safe and its pretty much the same everywhere. When your running IGP you definetly want the extra ram though. Currently on my laptop which has integrated intel HD something im at 3.14 gb of ram out of 8gb with just my browser open with 5 tabs. Doesnt hurt to have a bit extra anyways.
So I mean with getting a case and psu seperate you do spend a bit more. You also though get an 80+ bronze psu though which is not a bad thing to have. Will save you some money in the long run. I also changed the case in the second build so you wouldnt be stuck with an psu and personally I think the second case is amazing... Now wheres my wallet?