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PC for my Grandma

By Requisition
Oct 1, 2013
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  1. Hey guys,

    My grandpa wants to replace my grandma's PC, so instead of paying too much for lackluster hardware, I convinced him to let me build it. I wanted to see if you guys had any suggestions yourself. I'm merely looking for a most bang for your buck system, that can handle generally web browsing and emailing. After many revisions, here is the build I'm currently looking at:

    AMD

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.45 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $315.38

    Intel

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.45 @ Outlet PC)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 5450 1GB Video Card ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $315.38

    I welcome all of your thoughts on the matter and am open to changing anything. I can't seem to get people to agree whether it's best to go Haswell or APU. After much reading I decided a dedicated graphics card would be necessary in the Intel build, but I'm still leaning towards it. Also, my grandpa is footing the bill and isn't concerned about cost, but I'd like to keep it on the cheap side. Above all else though, I want this to be the last system she ever has to buy. Let me know your thoughts, not use to building in the low end like this. 8)
     
  2. Spykezxp

    Spykezxp TS Booster Posts: 179   +30

    If your grandparents are not going to be playing games on the system, then I would suggest getting an AMD system with integrated graphics for the most savings. A couple changes that I would suggest (you dont have to - they are just suggestions): Drop off the video card and get a motherboard that has a vga or dvi port built in, change the SSD to a 7200rpm Hard drive, and dont forget about Operating System / Monitor / Peripherals.
    Also, your AMD system is not listed (its the same as the Intel system).
     
  3. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Bleh, I've been up far too late researching tonight. Here are both of my revised builds:

    AMD

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85S3 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($58.38 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($103.84 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $390.18

    Intel

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: ASRock H81M-HDS Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($52.99 @ Microcenter)
    Memory: Crucial Ballistix 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.99 @ Amazon)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Asus GeForce GT 610 1GB Video Card ($34.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $369.91

    Others were getting on me for not having a fast enough video card(intel build) and amount of RAM, so I tried to rectify that in this case. Meanwhile no one can seem to agree to go Haswell or APU. xD

    As for why have the card he G3220 simply has a Intel HD GPU, not even a HD 2000. It also lacks any features at all: http://www.intel.com/support/graphics/sb/CS-033757.htm

    QuickSync is also unsupported: http://ark.intel.com/products/77773/
     
  4. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I'm in camp AMD now, people online have convinced me that APU is the way to go for this build.

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: Kingston 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($89.99 @ NCIX US)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $392.93
     
  5. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,356   +283

    Out of those two options I'd go for the AMD rig - even though I didn't really look at that mobo and I'm sure it's not great.

    er... your updated mobo on your last post is probably better.
     
  6. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks man :)

    Current Revision

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $382.93
     
  7. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

  8. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,293   +547

  9. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    This machine comes packing a AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz FM2 Quad-Core APU with Radeon HD 7660D integrated graphics, Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 FM2 motherboard, G.SKILL Value 4GB CL11 DDR3 1600 stick of RAM, Rosewill RANGER-M computer tower, Seagate ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM Hard Drive, and a Rosewill RD500-2SB 500W Power Supply. This is priced at $299.99.


    I'm wary of that Rosewill Power Supply and think it would be best to replace with a Corsair CX500M. The case, I'd like to replace as it will be a PC for my grandmother. put it into a Cougar Spike tower doesn't need to be fancy. I'd also like to, if not replace, at least add an SSD to the machine. I'm open to suggestions, the Crucial CT064M4SSD2 64GB SATA III SSD_with_Marvell_Controller) is the best one I've found that balances cost and quality.

    Anything I'm missing? Any other suggestions or advice? Lay it on me.

    EDIT: Just realized that the Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 motherboard has neither SATA III or USB 3.0. Worth picking up another motherboard?

    AMD 3-in-1 APU with 8GB MEM SuperCombo

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A8-6600K 3.9GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($69.97 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: AMD 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($83.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $391.92

    A10-5800K Machine

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A55M-HD2 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill NS Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Case: Rosewill RANGER-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($39.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Total: $343.91

    Planned build before these Newegg Deals

    PCPartPicker part list

    CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($89.99 @ Amazon)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-F2A75M-D3H Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.98 @ Outlet PC)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($79.99 @ Amazon)
    Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($19.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
    Total: $382.93
     
  10. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey guys, someone hooked me up with two builds based on the APU deals Newegg is having(still having a touch time deciding though =P):

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  11. Requisition

    Requisition TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Well, I've decided to go with the 6600k build. With shipping and whatnot, it comes in at just under $400 in total. I'll likely not put the order in until tomorrow, so feel free to try and sway me if you think you've got a better option. =D
     
     
  12. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,058   +919

    Yeah go with the AMD build since you get a quad core + better integrated graphics vs the Intel competition.
     
  13. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder TS Evangelist Posts: 2,293   +547

    Well, I have Rosewill Lightning PSU and its been great, heck ive had rosewill PSU's for years and they have never had an issue (My last Rosewill on my old machine laster 7 years, my sister was still using the machine up to that and I put another PSU in it.)
     


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