Hey, I want to build a computer for my mom and she doesn't want a big case. She mainly does programs like Microsoft office, exel, quick books and a lot of Internet browsing video watching and emails. She also uses photo apps and photo editors frequently. I would also like to keep this build on a budget below 700 dollars. I am not including windows 8 in the price or a mouse or keyboard. Here is the build, do you think it would be able to last here for 6+ years for what she wants to do on it? (By the way she is not to picky she is still running an eight year old iMac...)
The psu is included in the case and it is 250w, will that be enough for this system? I have built a couple of pcs but am still relatively new to this. Also I am planning to just use the stock fan for her CPU cooling... Thanks! One last question, she is used to Mac OS's, would the switch to windows 8 be hard? She is in here 40s and has some computer knowledge but not a lot. I don't want to give her windows 7 though because I think windows 8 looks easier for a person that basically just uses very little of the computer...
the power supply should be fine as the new intel cpu are 77w. and ssd and hard drive are not power hungry. for the ssd i would pick up a larger one so she can put some aps on it. the 64g is just large in size for the os and trim and garbage clean up for the ssd.
If your mum only use it for web browsing and watching video, then 64B SSD will do. Also you can get a cheaper SSD like a Samsung 830. You won't notice the difference.
Get a better PSU.
I'll get A10-5800K because of much better iGP and overclockable.
Window 8 should be easier to use for her since all of the tiles on the UI are so big.
Using the HD 2500 onboard graphics 250 watts would be enough. Whether the power supply is absolute garbage and can actually produce 250 watts or will last is another question. But if it is decent and has the right connectors it will be enough.
Would my mom be able to view the desktop and some videos in 720p or 1080p with just the inboard he 2500 graphics? She likes to look at photos and here camera is quite good so it would be nice if she could actually see the pictures clearly...
The included psu isnt too bad if your just using it for everyday tasks like that and if you arent overclocking, i still have a core 2 quad from years ago running on the included 350 watt psu and it runs perfectly still without any issues its running a newer graphics card too so they arent as bad as everyone makes them out to be unless you are overclocking or using a high end graphics card or whatever