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schweppes March 19, 2013 10:34 AM

Simple build for family computer
 
The build is for my mom, but I may one day want to put in a video card... How does this look? Any changes that I should make? Are these parts overkill? I would like it to last a while. Thanks!
Intel Core i3-3220, NZXT Source 220 - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

stoanee March 19, 2013 10:49 AM

Personally I would skip the ssd unless your mom is impatient, pick a different brand of psu (Corsair?), get a bigger monitor.

schweppes March 19, 2013 10:53 AM

heres the deal with the monitor: its on a desk next to a printer. and moving the printer is non-negotiable. may be able to fit in an extra inch but that's about it.
really, no need for SSD? I want her to have this remarkable "wow, that's fast" expression on her face when using it...
ill look for another PSU

BlueByte March 19, 2013 11:41 AM

I would keep the SSD personally. It is the biggest upgrade to any PC the last few years for responsiveness. That screen is quite small if there is room in the budget and space is an issue how about a LCD arm? Move it up to a 21-23"? I agree with the power supply the corsair or seasonic are both close in price.

Bond007 March 19, 2013 12:30 PM

Looks good. My thoughts are:

1. I would never suggest anyone get a monitor less than 21.5".
2. I would definitely change the power supply a seasonic, antec, corsair, or xfx from 350-500w is more than enough.

bonanza2000 March 19, 2013 01:19 PM

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Originally Posted by schweppes (Post 697451)
The build is for my mom, but I may one day want to put in a video card... How does this look? Any changes that I should make? Are these parts overkill? I would like it to last a while. Thanks!
Intel Core i3-3220, NZXT Source 220 - System Build - PCPartPicker Canada

I like your plan. Some things to look at are:
If you are going with a micro ATX board you might want a smaller case. I used this one and I liked it.
SilverStone Sugo Series SG02B-F-USB3.0 ABS / SECC Steel MicroATX Desktop Computer Case with 2 x USB3.0 ports (Black) - Newegg.com

If you mom doesn't do a whole lot with her computer you may not even need that TB drive. You will use about 35 GB for windows and then you have tons of space for the average non-computer user. Two drives often confuse non computer people.

Same story with the video card. Probably don't need it if she is a casual computer user.

Get a monitor with built in speakers and HDMI so you can have sound without the need for a pair of speakers for her. Might be alittle more cost upfront for the monitor but save space at the desktop.
Asus VE228H 21.5" Full HD HDMI LED BackLight LCD Monitor w/Speakers ASCR 10,000,000:1 - Newegg.com

here's my thread on my Micro ATX build
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum...-computer.html

good luck and have fun!

kishagi March 19, 2013 04:30 PM

just get something off of kijiji. there are lots of decent to good builds there

XNine March 20, 2013 09:09 AM

An SSD is really only optimal for those who are impatient, need the loading speed for apps/games, are tech-geeks, or, perhaps, all of the above. I'd skip the SSD, invest in a better PSU, and a better keyboard. Other than that, everything looks pretty okay!

schweppes March 20, 2013 11:00 AM

does this mobo have an hdmi output even without the dedicated video card?

SugarJ March 20, 2013 11:25 AM

Yes it does according to the Newegg specs.


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