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    Default Basic $400 budget; no gaming; no rendering

    I've been mostly out of touch since I built my own i7 computer 4 years ago, and my dad wants me to help him build one for his own use to replace his laptop. So, I could use the help of some people who are up to date with the current tech.


    Here is the best I could find so far: AMD A6-6400K, Rosewill FBM-01 - System Build - PCPartPicker


    It is needed only for very basic things, like web browsing, music listening, and watching high-res (1080p) video. No gaming or video rendering or anything heavy like that. We would like it to run at a comfortable, modern speed. A small to medium size case would be best. We do not need an ODD for everyday use; we have an external one for installing the operating system via USB port.


    We would like to spend about $300-$400 for everything.


    In my opinion, the most money should be spent on the CPU, and optional SSD, with everything else being of minimal monetary consequence. Intel or AMD are fine. Please feel free to make your own informed recommendations. If you can point to specific merchant deals, that would be very welcome, and appreciated.


    Questions: Are these prices still good? Can better be done?


    Is this a good SSD? I've done a little research and at this price point, there is mixed reception. I was looking at a Kingston drive for around the same price, and it had bad firmware recently. This A-Data drive has had reports of decreased performance over time, and sometimes running slowly out of the box.


    Is this a good processor? More money is available to be budgeted towards it or the SSD.


    Thanks for your help fellas.


    -Cap

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    Default Re: Basic $400 budget; no gaming; no rendering

    Does dad really need an SSD?

    I myself, were I building it for my dad, would prefer to give him a newer A88X chipset motherboard in exchange for the cost of the SSD. Then maybe put the remainder towards 8GB of memory.

    Only other thing from your list would maybe look for a case with usb 3.0 ports. Short of nit-picking those two things, dad will still be contented with your list.

    The A4-6400K, best dual core and it's only 65w. I really don't see dad needing any more than that and besides the jump up is quad core. IMO a quad would be over kill. My dad wouldn't know multi-tasking if it jumped up and bit his nose.

    Those are just my opinions anyways.
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    Default Re: Basic $400 budget; no gaming; no rendering

    Oh, one more thing.

    Install a good security suite. If your dad is anything like my dad, links in emails seemed to always grab his attention. To the detriment of his computer and also my time on the phone and in person repairing what was done after clicking on the links.
    #1 - Please, when seeking help, enter the make and model of ALL parts that your system is comprised of in your Signature, or at least the model #'s in your System Specs, then "Save' it.
    ____If you are overclocking, underclocking, or undervolting any parts, informing us of this and their values would prove beneficial in helping you.

    #2 - G.Skill RAM Configurator for your boardSamsung Memory for your boardLatest AMD Chipset Drivers/WindowsLatest AMD Graphics Drivers/WindowsLatest Intel Drivers

    #3 - Please use the eXtreme Outer Vision Power Supply Calculator found HERE to determine if it might be your PSU at issue.
    ____Consider your PSU to be the foundation from which all else is built upon. Anything built upon a weak foundation is poorly built.

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    Default Re: Basic $400 budget; no gaming; no rendering

    Intel NUC or Gigabyte Brix is perfect for this. Right on price target too.

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