~$650 build for the parents

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_65&item_id=039887
GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H (onboard video, micro ATX, LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=047294
Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_611&item_id=035006
Thermaltake TR2 RX 650W (modular) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=027013
Cooler Master Elite 343 (micro ATX only) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_113&item_id=038591
WD Caviar Black 750GB - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_1086_210_212&item_id=037761
Enermax Wireless keyboard/mouse combo - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_578_581&item_id=042790

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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  1. 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_65&item_id=039887
    GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H (onboard video, micro ATX, LGA1155) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=26_722&item_id=047294
    Mushkin Silverline 8GB (2x4GB) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=24_311_312_611&item_id=035006
    Thermaltake TR2 RX 650W (modular) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=33_443&item_id=027013
    Cooler Master Elite 343 (micro ATX only) - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=6_113&item_id=038591
    WD Caviar Black 750GB - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=15_1086_210_212&item_id=037761
    Enermax Wireless keyboard/mouse combo - http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_578_581&item_id=042790

    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=33_826&item_id=027538
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