I'm looking to build an Office PC for my Dad, but have not been keeping up on CPU's for quite a few months. I would like to be round $400 if possible (cheaper always better). My original Intent was to build sandy bridge to take advantage of the build in HD graphics, and I have a 2500k that has been solid. I realize Ivy Bridge, and the AMD's also give on board graphics, I just don't know enough to make a decision.
I currently have a 700 Watt ATX PSU (OCZ bronze), and probably a couple gigs of DDR3, as well as an optical drive. What I will be doing is putting 2 HDD's in a raid 1 for redundancy (I was thinking 2 WD blacks, or Samsung spinpoints). I wanted to do a smaller form factor case (mayhaps one of the cube cases), however i don't think anything will accept the full size PSU and Optical drive.
This PC will only be used for very slight internet browsing, quickbooks, word editing, and uploading of photos. I want it to be fast, and potentially up-gradable, but the biggest thing will be longevity.
The main area I am looking for advice on will be a cpu/mobo combo that will get the job done I am looking for without being too pricey. Also if anyone knows of a smaller/cube case that will fit a full PSU and optical drive with 2 HDD's Not > $100 I would love to know.
Thanks djangoringo, that was the board i actually meant to link. For this build, I think you are right and I will opt for the better overall performing CPU, as I am not interested in maximum graphic performance. Thanks again, and I appreciate the assistance.