So, I'm trying to design a low-end budget build for my parents home PC. The most they're going to be doing with it is checking e-mail, facebook, and a good bit of Netflix. I may just downgrade to just 4GB instead of the 8GB RAM that I have it in so far, not sure. Any other suggestions to make this an even more budget build while still retaining a reasonable amount of future proofing?
Something much better for cheaper
APU eliminates the need to grab an discrete GPU as long as you pair it with decent ram (1600mhz at least like I have) and is about the same cost
8gb would be better for future proofing and actually gives you a reason to go 64bit OS
I dare say your parents will never notice the difference in CPU power from the intel to the AMD
Cheaper PSU that is just as good
Case with USB3 but same price so if you ever upgrade, case can uspport USB3 with the new mb
cheaper optical drive
You can upgrade the CPU to the higher end Trinity ones or next-gen APU's
Any modern CPU is fine for this usage, with the possible exception of an Intel Atom. It seems like having something low cost is the most important thing.
If your parents are anything like mine, they might appreciate something that looks cool more than having something slightly more powerful. Especially since they won't notice anything more powerful with this usage anyway.
If you think they might like the idea of a cute little desktop box, this would be good:
2x2GB G.Skill Ripjaws X 1600Mhz 1.5v
Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Hard Drive
Antec ISK 300-150 with 150W PSU
Total - $394.95
The motherboard sounds unnecessarily high end but the price is quite good and it has loads of features. This still has plenty of room for upgrades, AMD promised another generation of APU's on this socket, you can still fit more RAM and you have space for a SSD or storage drive. That hybrid hard drive should make this feel quick as well.
I agree with you jmsellars1. They honestly wont notice a difference I'd imagine. As long as this machine is durable enough to last 3 years at least, they'll be happy and I wont cringe every time I come home and see something built in 1996.