So my folks are using a really old P4 system and I thought it would be a nice out of the blue gesture to build them a new rig. Obviously a budget build to fit their needs.
Approximate Purchase Date: Around 2 weeks.
Budget Range: $500
System Usage from Most to Least Important: web surfing, casual gaming, and a strange obsession with Google Earth.
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Do you need to buy OS: No (Have a left over from a previous W7pro 3-pack)
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Amazon
Location: Connecticut USA
Parts Preferences: None for this build.
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: Aiming for a 1080 have one in mine which will be shared below.
Additional Comments: As stated before this will be a budget build for my parents whom are quite up there in age. They do play casual games but of course nothing intense so no dedicated GPU is needed. I would like to aim for a decent CPU to bring a quick and smooth experience as possible for them and to work as the GPU.
Now onto the things I have considered and would like you all to critique
The would total $469. Of course I am fully open to hearing alternatives. The Combo seems a bit overkill to their needs but seems to be a decent price but I do worry about the quality of the PSU that comes with the case.
I started thinking that wasn't bad combo, til I spotted Raidmax PSU. Anything but that!!
I would have thought, if they only want very basic gaming, The latest i3-3225 would be a perfect choice, assuming they're not into a lot of photo/video editing. Has HD4000 on board graphics, plenty for casual gaming.
Match that with a fairly basic H77 motherboard (all the goodness of Ivybridge), something like an Antec BP350w PSU, and you're on your way towards a nice little system, at reasonable cost.