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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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 - Buy what will actually make a difference..