Okay so i am looking into building a PC for my Girlfriends mom. She mostly uses her desktop for the web and iTunes. I would like to be able to make a good desktop for her that will last multiple years. I am wanting some peoples advice on builds, id say 8gb memory and a max 500gb hard drive. I'm looking at spending nothing over 400 dollars if that is even possible
You will have a hard time with a $400 budget beating a prebuilt from Lenovo, HP, dell, etc.
They get windows for mucch less than the $100 you have to pay.
Spend some time getting rid of the sampleware that they load it with. That also subsidizes their cost.
But, to impress the GF and her mom, I suggest you add your own funds to do something really special.
To my mind, the most important functionalcomponent would be a SSD. It is the one thing that makes everything feel quick.
80gb -120gb might be right. Expect to pay $1 per gb. Perhaps a bit more for a quality unit from Intel or samsung.
A sandy bridge duo will be $50-$100. Really, any will do.
5) Intel series 330 120gb SSD. $120 after rebate. This is the key to a responsive pc. For the longest time, my only storage was a 120gb ssd. It held the os, 6-8 games, and 4gb of photos. If you need to hold many video's, then add a hard drive.