So I'm surprising my parents with this rig. Poor guys were using my sister's old hand-me-down laptop with a messed up power adapter and shot battery. They primarily Facebook, Skype, basic productivity apps, photo sharing, email...the simple stuff. I wanted it to have some zip with boot and apps launching instantaneously and have something that will last them for years to come with easy upgrades as required, hence the 8GB RAM and SSD. I figured I'd just get them an external HDD or just add another into the build if they run short on storage for their photos.
The i3-3225 and RAM is overkill but at Micro Center it's only $119.99 and the 8GB of RAM was on sale for $39.99 bundled with the CPU. SSD was $89.99 on sale at Newegg. Got the W7 Pro from my IT guy for free so that helped save at least $90. The build cost $571 out-of-pocket ($541 after MIR). I would've got them a cheapo 1080p monitor but they fell in love with mine after I completed my build.
Not sure if I'm going to keep the 120mm blue LED in the front or switch it with the rear fan. Depends on if my parents find LEDs to be annoying.