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Sub $500 Build for Parents Christmas Present

gixx0r

62 months ago

Long time builder, but first time using this site and it has been a while since I've done any research on parts. I'm building this computer for my parents who need a new desktop for everyday browsing, streaming and general daily/office use. I understand this may be slight overkill for their needs, but I'm fine with it as long as I can upgrade down the line if need be. Could use your thoughts, I'm very out of date when it comes to parts.

I've made a slight edit after receiving feedback. Thanks for the help. I am no longer going with an SSD as I don't think my parents will get much use from it (added nuance for them to learn about using the other HD for files). I've also removed the CPU fan after realizing the CPU comes with one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $70.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard MSI Z97 PC MATE ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.99 @ Newegg
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $50.88 @ OutletPC
Case Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $34.99 @ Newegg
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $329.82
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-12-21 20:09 EST-0500

Comments

  • 62 months ago
  • 2 points

You do not need the CPU cooler unless it is not included. You probably could get away with a cheaper one.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the tip, I didn't even bother looking to see if the cpu came with a cooler (which it does). I'm not sure how much I'll overclock the cpu, but I would like to give it a slight boost. I'm hoping the stock fan will be fine then

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Stock fans are normally bare minimum. If you plan to overclock, you might want a slightly better fan. I would not overclock if it is just for what you said it was for. You wouldn't notice much difference.

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Kingston SSDNow V300: AnandTech

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks Warlock, any other thoughts on the rest of the build?

  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Rest appears satisfactory. I think the parents will appreciate the lower noise level due to Hyper 212 Evo. Remember that the CX series is at the very bottom of the Corsair power supply models. If you're not in a hurry, you can wait for any sales on Seasonic/re-branded Seasonic (e.g. XFX) power supplies.

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  • 62 months ago
  • 1 point

Where's the video card bro

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