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January 8, 2013 11:43:15 PM

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...)


Motherboard: GA-H77N-WIFI-110
Case: MI-008 tower black p4-50
Ram: Corsiar XMS3 8gb-50
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Hdd: seagate barracuda st500dm002 500g-60
CPU: intel core i3-3220-120
Ssd: OCZ vertex 4 64gb-80
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140



So far: 630

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...

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January 8, 2013 11:46:07 PM

I would not trust the included PSU. Just grab a corsair cx430 to be safe. Its pretty cheap. I would also say get 4gb of RAM. She won't be doing anything in need of more than that.
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January 8, 2013 11:47:08 PM

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.
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January 8, 2013 11:56:13 PM

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.
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January 8, 2013 11:58:38 PM

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.
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January 9, 2013 12:02:26 AM

Ok here is the updated system, thanks for all the help guys!


Motherboard: GA-H77N-WIFI-110
Case: MI-008 tower black p4-50
Ram: Corsiar XMS3 8gb-50
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Hdd: seagate barracuda st500dm002 500g-60
CPU: intel core i3-3220-120
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Windows 8-20
Power supply: SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V-40




So far: 675

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January 9, 2013 12:06:51 AM

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...
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January 9, 2013 12:13:46 AM

Here is the updated system again xD

Motherboard: GA-H77N-WIFI-110
Case: MI-008 tower black p4-50
Ram: Corsair XMS3 4GB (CMX4GX3M2A1600C9)-30
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Hdd: seagate barracuda st500dm002 500g-60
CPU: intel core i3-3220-120
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Windows 8-20
Power supply: SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V-40

So far: 655

She really doesn't need 8gbs of ram, but will this last her for very long? Can it stay in date for 5 years?
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January 9, 2013 12:15:22 AM

Get a MUCH cheaper motherboard. Like don't spend more than $70

I would do this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: Biostar TA75MH2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.98 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Smart Tracer 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($57.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Adorama)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 370 ATX Mid Tower Case ($36.39 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($30.95 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Monitor: Acer G236HLBbd 60Hz 23.0" Monitor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $532.25
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-08 21:14 EST-0500)

bigger SSD and MUCH better on board video.
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January 9, 2013 12:29:58 AM

Ok here is my newly updated build from all the suggestions...

Motherboard: ASRock FM2A55M-DGS FM2 AMD-55
Case: MI-008 tower black p4-50
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB-18
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 1tb ST1000DM003-80
CPU: AMD A8-5600K APU-100
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Windows 8-20
Power supply: SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V-40


I upgraded to one terabyte because my mom has tons of hd photos and videos...
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January 9, 2013 1:04:52 AM

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
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January 9, 2013 3:56:28 AM

Ok here is the updated list, I changed a LOT of stuff...


Motherboard: ASUS M5A78L-M LX-60
Case: APEX DM-387 Black Steel Micro ATX-45
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB-18
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 500gb ST500DM002-60
CPU: AMD FX-4170 Zambezi 4.2GHz -120
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Windows 8-20

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