Approximate Purchase Date: Possibly the next few months (3-4)
Budget Range: $500, could possibly stretch about $20 more
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, doing projects (typically spreadsheets), viewing photos, listening to music, and maybe light to medium gaming.
Parts Not Required: Keyboard, mouse, monitor, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.ca, tigerdirect.ca
Parts Preferences: Probably AMD based because I think it's more of a bang for the buck, but an Intel based could be considered as well
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: Probably 1024x768 up to 1440x900?
Additional Comments: Prior to the building of this desktop (hopefully), our family has been using a 2011 acer laptop for almost all that we do that involves a computer. And now that I'm going to be in university, I'm gonna need to take the laptop with me and the family needs to have a desktop computer to use. They aren't the hardcore users and typically just use it in an average way. But I don't want the desktop to "struggle" when more demanding tasks are needed to do (editing photos, transferring considerable amount of data, watching movies, and whatnot) in case they run into something like that I know I could not have the latest systems and such but I just want it to be able to at least run decently with all the programs and tasks that it would meet in like 2-4 years.
So yeah, it's gonna be my first time picking parts and assembling a pc and I tried to do as much research as I can. I don't know guys, I know you could most likely suggest a better build for me which could stick to the very tight budget we have. Any comment/suggestion would be appreciated!
@ujaansona: Thanks for the suggestion! Yah, that CPU would be good for an average use I guess. With the MoBo you've suggested, I would be able to upgrade to an i3 2100 or if possible to an i5 in the future right? And one more thing, would you mind suggesting me the other parts that I could pick from newegg? I think it's easier if I purchase all the parts from only one store.
@zolton33: I know, it's a much more better CPU than the AMD but it's price right now which is just $15 more ($99 vs $85), is only because it's on sale and it sadly ends today. Its regular price is $125 which is $40 more than the X3 460 xD
Thanks! It's a very decent build, helped me out with the CPU/MoBo config Although I'm a bit worried because some of the parts have rebates that are due at like the end of Feb. and I think I could buy these at 2 months later at the very minimum. Whatever, some alternatives could maybe be present that have rebates too at that time.
And one last thing, with the GPU, I think they could bare with much lesser ones as they only do very light gaming and very mild graphic-intensive stuff. Could you suggest a GPU that costs around 20-40 bucks less? I don't mind having DDR3s for now as I could possibly upgrade it in the future.
If you are putting a 6450 in there, why not just use the amd apus? Afterall they are as powerful or better than the 6450. Plus, you also get a QUAD core for the same price. The A8-3850 is 135$ right now, and its like getting a quad cpu+6550 GPU. Much better deal IMHO. Ofcourse, go with intel build if you intend to upgrade that system after like 2 years down the line. If you dont, imho, the amd apu is a better option. GL!!
Going with with the A8-3850 would save me from buying a GPU that's true. But yeah, I plan to upgrade the system in the future to maybe an i5-2xxx. I know by that time, it's going to be significantly "slower" than the Ivy Bridge and Haswell but whatever its for the family anyways, they don't need a blazingly fast computer. Haha.