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~$650 build for the parents

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May 2, 2012 1:41:24 AM

Hi Everyone,

I'm putting together a new PC for my parents. They're by no means heavy users as they only surf the web, watch YouTube, play HD MKVs and are thinking about NetFlix. Here's the completed template from this forum's sticky:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or the next
Budget Range: ~$650 CAD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing, YouTube, watching HD MKVs
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada Computers
Country: Canada
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (will be connected to our HDTV through HDMI)

Here are parts that I've already chosen:
Intel Core i3 2120 (LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H (onboard video, micro ATX, LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
Thermaltake TR2 RX 650W (modular) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
Cooler Master Elite 343 (micro ATX only) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...
WD Caviar Black 750GB - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...
Enermax Wireless keyboard/mouse combo - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

What does everyone think? As well, am I missing any parts (I'm not reusing any existing parts)?

The motherboard that I've chosen includes an Intel HD Graphics solution plus an HDMI port. Would that be appropriate for 720p/1080p H.264 video decoding or is having a dedicated graphics card more appropriate?

Thanks!

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May 7, 2012 1:44:24 AM

thespam said:
Hi Everyone,

I'm putting together a new PC for my parents. They're by no means heavy users as they only surf the web, watch YouTube, play HD MKVs and are thinking about NetFlix. Here's the completed template from this forum's sticky:

Approximate Purchase Date: this week or the next
Budget Range: ~$650 CAD
System Usage from Most to Least Important: surfing, YouTube, watching HD MKVs
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Canada Computers
Country: Canada
Overclocking: No
SLI or Crossfire: No
Monitor Resolution: 1080p (will be connected to our HDTV through HDMI)

Here are parts that I've already chosen:
Intel Core i3 2120 (LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=4...
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H (onboard video, micro ATX, LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...
Thermaltake TR2 RX 650W (modular) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
Cooler Master Elite 343 (micro ATX only) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6...
WD Caviar Black 750GB - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1...
Enermax Wireless keyboard/mouse combo - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=2...

What does everyone think? As well, am I missing any parts (I'm not reusing any existing parts)?

The motherboard that I've chosen includes an Intel HD Graphics solution plus an HDMI port. Would that be appropriate for 720p/1080p H.264 video decoding or is having a dedicated graphics card more appropriate?

Thanks!
I recommend you get a better PSU, preferably a brand other than Thermaltake. Because the parts you've chosen aren't that power demanding, and the fact that you're not employing a dedicated GPU, I think you'd be better off buying a lower wattage, non-modular 380w to 500w PSU. Some models that come to mind are the Corsair CX430 V2 (my personal recommendation), CX500 V2, Antec EA380D, and the EA430D

Note: the Antec EA380D is available here http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=3...
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