Approximate Purchase Date: End of the month, her birthday is on 1st Sept
Budget Range: Around £200. It isn't a strict budget but I don't think I really need to spend any more than that.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Web Browsing and listening to music
Are you buying a monitor: No, got a cheap Dell 17'' monitor
Parts to Reuse: Don't have to reuse all of these but I have: 500GB WD Scorpio Black (2.5'' and 7200RPM), full sized DVD burner (Samsung I think), Netgear USB Wireless N adapter.
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Any reputable UK site is fine
Location: Manchester, UK
Parts Preferences: I like to stay away from OCZ SSD's, Biostar/ECS motherboards.
Overclocking: I'm open to the idea but really don't think it's necessary
SLI or Crossfire: No
Your Monitor Resolution: Think it's 1280x1024
- Most importantly, it just needs to feel quick for basic web browsing.
- It should be quiet, this isn't important to her but noisy PC's really annoy me
- A small, high quality case will make it seem a bit more special. That would be great.
And Most Importantly, Why Are You Upgrading: Her current PC is an ancient P4 system with 512MB RAM so she is always using my laptop (My laptop is an MSI X370 with an AMD E-450 with 4GB RAM and she thinks that feels quick so she doesn't need anything fancy.)
I'm thinking of going for:
Intel Celeron G540 - £32.71 @ CCL Computers
2 x 2GB Corsair DDR3 1333Mhz 1.5v - £19.13 @ CCL Computers
MSI H61I-E35 Mini ITX - £45.13 @ Scan
WD Scorpio Black 500GB (Already Have)
Antec ISK 300-150 with 150W PSU - £64.79 @ CCL Computers (Tempted by the Lian Li PC-Q09B at £25 extra for the aluminium construction and external PSU.)
Samsung Slim DVD Burner - £15.48 @ Scan
Netgear USB Wireless N Adapter (Already Have)
Starting to think it might be a good idea to get the version of the Antec case with the 65W external PSU and get the Celeron G460 or Pentium G630T for the sake of quietness. If that PSU is noisy I will want to replace it, and that can get expensive (for a £200 build)
People might think the G460 is weak because it only has a single core but the performance seems to be equal to the mid range Core 2 Duos or a laptop i3. That's not too shabby for a PC that is just going to be used for Spotify, Youtube and Facebook. It's waaaaay faster than my E-450 and my mum thinks that's fast.
Just looked on some benchmarks and it seemed to be just as good as a 1st gen mobile i3. I'm not saying it beats the i3-2310m, I'm saying it seems equivalent to something like the i3-370m or a ~2Ghz desktop C2D.
Also that Fractal Design case isn't small enough, not really what I'm looking for.
Yeah a SSD would be ideal (especially since my mum would fill 30GB max) but dunno if it's worth the extra when I have that hard drive lying around. My mum has used plenty of laptops with 5400RPM drives in the past and doesn't complain about load times. Even if she does with this one, I could always add the SSD later.
If you bought that today, with the promo code on the Caviar, it would cost you about £209 all from Newegg (excluding shipping). You might be able to go cheaper at other merchants.
If you decided to use the hard drive you already have, that either cuts the price by about £40 or gives you room to upgrade to an SSD big enough to hold applications as well as Windows.
(For a light user like your mom, the SSD is going to have by far the biggest impact on her perception of how 'quick' the system is - she's going to notice load and boot times more than anything else. She may not have complained about them, but give her a properly-configured SSD boot drive and she'll think she has the best computer on the planet.)
I can't buy from newegg and the prices aren't really good for reference either I'm afraid, US prices are way lower than UK. I am a bit tempted to put the HDD in an enclosure and sell it then buy a cheap 40-60GB SSD though.