My parent's aging gateway (circa 2008) was becoming nearly unusable. When they decided to get a new PC, instead of going the traditional store-bought route, they asked if i could set them up with something "able to check emails and look at photos" with a budget of $400. i jumped on the opportunity and immediately set out to give them the most bang out of their allotted finances.
CPU i knew immediately i was going to go with an APU build. at first i wanted to go with kaveri, but i found them to be a little over priced per performance compared to richland. the a10 6800k is a monster for its $130 price tag. Should be more than capable of handling anything my parents would throw at it.
CPU Cooler no plans to overclock. i just wanted to quiet things down and keep the cpu a little cooler.
Mobo great budget board with all the basic features needed for this build. no issues at all. recognized ram at 1866mhz right off the bat. a-tuning software is sleak and easy to use. overall great value for $53.00.
Memory got this on a combo deal with the a10 6800k. had plenty of money left in the budget to go ahead and throw in 8gb. yea, i know its not 2133, but this isnt a gaming build so i figured 1866 would suffice.
Storage wanted my parents to experience SSD speed without having to manage 2 different drives (could be a little over their heads lol), so i took a gamble and went with a 240gb ssd. should be plently of space for their needs, but should they need more space i'll get them a HDD.
Case great case for the price. didn't need anything fancy. just wanted something minimal with usb 3.0. at this price range, this seemed to be the best option. no cable management, but i knew this going in.
PSU had this laying around from a previous build. its way overpowered, but better than collecting dust in a closet. plus it cleared up more of the budget.
OS their previous system ran windows vista so naturally i went with win7. i showed them win8 and they immediately said no once i showed them the metro tile menu. i bought their copy as a gift from me and to clear up more of their budget.