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$500 CAD Budget computer for parents

So my parents old computer seems to be on its last legs (video card is now giving error 43s :S) so looking at getting them something new. For the most part it is just used for email and pictures, but my mom does like to play light PC games on it (around the Plants vs Zombies level).

Approximate Purchase Date: next week or so

Budget Range: $500 Canadian after shipping/rebates

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Email, photos, light gaming

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: New system

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg.ca, Canadacomputers, NCIX, tiger direct (though the more from one location to keep shipping down the better)

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Parts Preferences: None

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: iirc it is 1024x768 :S

Additional Comments: Keeping it quiet will be helpful. It's also going in the corner of a room so dust tends to build up in the area


What I was looking at:

Case: Rosewill LINE-M Micro-ATX Mini Tower $45

PSU: 550w Rosewell $80 (though think I should get a better brand name PSU)

HD: 500GB Seagate $80 not sure on the brand. iirc seagate makes bad HD?

Mobo: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 FM2 $62

CPU: AMD A6-5400K Trinity $75

RAM: 8GB DDR3 1866 $48 (I heard the AMD cpu does noticable better with the faster RAM).
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    Hi. A budget Trinity build is a good idea. Here's a build that costs a little more but stays safely within budget. I chose a quad-core A8, faster RAM, bigger hard drive, much cheaper PSU (or the CX430 if it's cheaper), a quiet case with dust filters, and a DVD burner. Go with the motherboard you listed; I just couldn't find it on the pcpartpicker website. This is an alternative build so you're free to tweak it to your liking and buy from your preferred websites to save on shipping costs as you've said. Also I'd like to suggest using any money you save towards a nice 22-24" 1080p monitor for your parents. They might enjoy the extra real estate.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($97.99 @ NCIX)
    Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($49.49 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($69.99 @ NCIX)
    Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX)
    Power Supply: XFX ProSeries 450W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $364.44
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 00:14 EST-0500)
  2. ^ very good build, go with johnsosn's
  3. PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/vCAa
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/vCAa/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/ca/p/vCAa/benchmarks/

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($97.99 @ NCIX)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Case: Silverstone ML03B HTPC Case ($59.66 @ DirectCanada)
    Power Supply: Antec Basiq 350W ATX12V Power Supply ($31.99 @ Computer Valley)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Canada Computers)
    Total: $324.60
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-03 02:21 EST-0500)
  4. If people don't really care about high performance, I always recommend a basic prebuilt. Sure you could build a tiny bit nicer one for the money, but they won't notice and you stay on the hook if anything bad happens, EVER.

    Just get something like this and call it a day. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220218
  5. twelve25 said:
    If people don't really care about high performance, I always recommend a basic prebuilt. Sure you could build a tiny bit nicer one for the money, but they won't notice and you stay on the hook if anything bad happens, EVER.

    Just get something like this and call it a day. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220218


    Will keep that in mind twelve25..thanks
  6. Best answer selected by wizuriel.
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