Approximate Purchase Date: Next 2 weeks Budget Range: $800-$1000 Before / After Rebates System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing, music, generic computer work like word, excel, Parts Not Required: Need all parts including monitor, mouse, kb, speakers. Preferred Websites for Parts: All links are to newegg (i trust em), but open to other sites. Country: US Parts Preferences: Intel, Radeon Overclocking: No SLI or Crossfire: No Additional Comments: This PC should be fairly quiet, not too hot, and last for around 5 years. It's a Christmas/Retirement present for my dad, he is upgrading from a 9 year old laptop that somehow still runs. I am def open to monitor, video cards, speaker, MB, and ram changes. The hard drive will be a 1TB drive for his music and home videos when Staples has a good sale of external drive, ill pop it open to cannibalize it. The video card may be overkill, but he may want to upgrade into a blue ray player in a couple years and the card can decode it if I read it right. The motherboard seems like a decent deal on a i5-2500k chip, I know there are better ones but the price is very attractive. And the ram, im thinking 4gb will be enough but don't know if upgrade to 8gb would be worth it.
Parts: Case - COOLER MASTER HAF 912 RC-912-KKN1 Black SECC $49.99 CPU - Intel Core i5-2500K $219.99 Motherboard - BIOSTAR TZ68A+ LGA 1155 Intel Z68 $94.99 Memory - Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) 1333 $38.99 Video Card - HIS H677FN1GD Radeon HD 6770 1GB $109.99
PSU - CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W $59.99 Hard Drive - Am looking to spend $60 on an external 1TB from staples, then open it for the drive. Can get great deals via Slickdeals forum. Dvd Burner - LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black SATA $19.89 Monitor - Acer G215HVAbd Black 21.5" Full HD WideScreen LCD Monitor $119.99 Keyboard - LITE-ON SK-1688U/B Black USB Wired $7.99 Mouse - GIGABYTE GM-M6800 Noble Black 5+1 $13.00 Speakers - Logitech S-220 17 Watts 2.1 Multimedia Speaker System $27.99 Software - Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit $99.99
You might as well go for 8GB if longevity is important, it costs next to nothing.
A 6770 can decode blueray, but so can the integrated graphics in the 2500k, adding a video card in a build like this will not do much other than adding another failure point.
Lastly, since it won't see any overclocking, a 2405 in an H61 board should work just as well as a 2500k in a z68, and for about $100 less.
What you bought for your dad is overkill and would be best to give him a tablet with the money saved. The great thing about the Llano is that you don't need to buy a GPU anymore because the a6-3650 already has one! It's pretty good and can play any BLUE RAY, HD or whatever you throw at it.