I'm going to build a new PC for my dad for Xmas to replace his ancient Pentium 4 running XP and CRT. I've upgraded the storage and RAM on that P4 as much as I can, and it won't even play HD videos without skipping. He has basic needs, but he keeps computers forever, so I want it to last a long time without being obsolete.
I plan to put OS (planning to go Win7 so the learning curve isn't as high) and programs on one drive, and data on the other, and use existing external drives as backup. Based on price, I don't see much point in putting in drives smaller than 1Tb. Also, will probably put 8Gb of RAM in for same reason and so I won't have to upgrade later. I'm inclined to go microATX case to keep it compact, since he will not need to add a bunch of stuff. A lot of my planned build (below) is overkill, but for not much more money than a downgrade and will hopefully give the thing a longer life.
Thanks for your comments.
Approximate Purchase Date: e.g.: next couple of days
Budget Range: $650 including the monitor and OS (no keyboard or mouse)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Quicken, photos, home movies (HD), email, surfing, basic word processing
Are you buying a monitor: Yes
Parts to Upgrade: complete build except keyboard and mouse
Do you need to buy OS: Yes
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg Amazon
Location: SLC, UT
Parts Preferences: going with AMD processor to keep it less expensive, other stuff want good name brands
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: want to get 1920x1080 for full HD playback
Additional Comments: basic PC for my dad, but one that will last a long time - he keeps them forever
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: New build to replace my dad's ancient Pentium 4 that won't even play HD video smoothly.
My parents take a lot of photos and videos (vacations, grandkids, etc). I want plenty of room to grow for that stuff.
I know 1Tb is way overkill for the OS and programs, but I just don't see the point in a smaller drive. As for SSD, for the same money, I could at best get 128Gb. My dad doesn't need fast bootup times, etc. If I have two of the same drives, they could potentially be demoted to backup drives by sticking them in enclosures when I build his next computer. I just figure they will be more useful in the future than a small SSD.
I want to keep the OS/Programs separate so if I need to do a clean install/upgrade, I don't have to worry about data.
Thanks for the replies. I appreciate djangoringo's suggestions of going with the FM2 MB and the better PSU. I had to make a couple minor tweaks to the RAM because it was out of stock at Newegg, and I went with two 1 Tb drives for reasons I already mentioned. I ordered the parts and hopefully they will all get her quickly. Here's what I ended up with. I"ll post again after I finish the build to let you know how it goes.