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January 10, 2013 5:31:42 AM

Ok so I am building a mini ItX pc for my mom, I want it to last some time, and my bro might use it too... Here is the build. She would use it for photos Microsoft programs, some quick books and business stuff, email, we browsing and video watching and other simple stuff. I just want the computer to be fast!

Here it is:

Mobo: Gigabyte LGA 1155 DDR3 1600 Intel H77-110
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX-85
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570K-230
Windows-20
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB ST1000DM003-80
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb BLS8G3D1609DS1S00-40
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
SeaSonic SS-300TFX Bronze 300W TFX12V-40

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Is that too god for her needs? I want this comp to last her at least 5 years. I was told that an i3 would only last 2-3 before becoming useless. Is that true? And is windows 8 easy for a 40 year old woman to figure out after using using Mac OS for a long time? Here comp right now is a 7 year old Mac and I thought time for an upgrade. I do not want to build a hackintosh though... Thanks!

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January 10, 2013 6:06:44 AM

I would suggest changing that cpu to a non-k version, i5 3570. But I would prefer getting the 3470 instead since there is very very minimal performance difference to its price difference. Best bang for the buck for a non-overclock build. But if your after the hd graphics 4000 then its your preference. But for me, I'll go with the 3470 since I think your mom won't run any heavy graphics there. About the i3, I don't think it will be useless, it might be like that for a hardcore/heavy user but for a household pc or very light pc, It will still be fine I think. But yes, I would rather go with an i5 3470.
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January 10, 2013 6:12:22 AM

For office programs and internet browsing, something like an Ivy i3 will be relevant for a long time I think. People are still getting by on Pentium 4 for that kind of thing.

But yeah, your rig should be fine. Though you may want to drop the SSD, I think it would be difficult to explain such a storage setup to a non-techie person and expect them to maintain it.
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January 10, 2013 6:27:22 AM

Ok, here is my updated build... I went a little cheaper on the psu and got a better motherboard and took the k off...



Mobo: GIGABYTE GA-Z77N-WIFI LGA 1155-120
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX-85
CPU: Intel Core i5-3570-210
Windows-20
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB ST1000DM003-80
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8gb BLS8G3D1609DS1S00-40
Ssd: SanDisk 64 GB SDSSDP-064G-G25-65
Psu: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-450 450W Continuous-60

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How does that look now? And thanks for the help! I have explained the ssd to her and shethinks she can handle. I think I will just setup the operating system on it solely. Then I'll tell here to use the real hdd for everything else. I don't think that would be too hard. But I'm not in her position so I'd don't know :na: 
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January 10, 2013 6:46:35 AM

Still looks fine
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January 10, 2013 6:54:54 AM

I asked you to changed your cpu because I think your build was for a non-oc build. but then you changed your board. It is like this man, OC = z77+ k cpu ; non-OC h77 + non-k cpu. so better go back to the h77 board, will save you money. z77 is not better than h77 unless you'll overclock. Or I think SLI, I think h77 doesn't support it, or maybe I'm wrong. But that is the only/main difference of the two. :) 
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January 10, 2013 7:33:01 AM

^ Not like you can fit more than one card on an ITX board anyway.
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January 10, 2013 7:45:12 AM

Lol..8Gb of RAM for browsing :p  Come on...

1. Change to i3
2. H77 Mobo
3. Drop to 4Gb RAM - More than enough
4. Upgrade the SSD to something bigger it'd make your mom's day to day a much much more pleasant experience even if she put her photos and stuff on it wouldn't make a difference with a bigger drive. Besides you'd be saving on the CPU, Ram and mobo.

Just my 2 cents :p  - Buy what will actually make a difference..
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January 10, 2013 3:06:15 PM

Ok I'm gonna keep the i5 and downgrade it a little, I went back to the old mobo and 4gbs of ram. Here it is, I also a 128gb ssd instead.


Mobo: Gigabyte Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI-110
Case: Fractal Design Node 304 Mini-ITX-85
CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 Quad-Core-190
Windows-20
Monitor: Viewsonic VA2212m-led 22inch-140
Hdd: Seagate Barracuda 7200 1 TB ST1000DM003-80
Optical drive: Sony optiarc ddu1681s-18
Ram: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 4GB-18
Ssd: SanDisk 128 GB (SDSSDP-128G- G25)-85
Psu: Rosewill CAPSTONE Series CAPSTONE-450 450W Continuous-40
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