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Old May 13, 2014, 11:20 AM
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1. What YOUR PC will be used for.
He uses his PC mostly for office work, music and watching videos. No gaming whatsoever. Maybe to be able to plug it to his 52'' TV to watch series & movies.

2. What YOUR budget is.
Somewhere between 800$ and 1000$, taxes & shipping included. (If the build goes over budget a little it's ok, but shouldn't be necessary for that kind of build)

3. What country YOU will be buying YOUR parts from.
Canada, Quebec.

4. IF YOU have a brand preference.
I'd prefer to build him something around a good Intel processor. Besides that, no real brand preference. High-quality is important.

I prefer Nvidia over ATI, but I don't think he really cares. No Seagate for HDD. I'm a Corsair/Asus fanboy since I know they usually make quality product, but I don't think he will care.

5. If YOU intend on using any of YOUR current parts, and if so, what those parts are.
I think he may change his monitor, but I'm not sure - need confirmation.

6. IF YOU have searched and/or read similar threads.
Nope, I'm just completely lost with what's new and don't really want to spend hours upon hours reading for a build that's not for me .

7. IF YOU plan on overclocking or run the system at default speeds.
No overclocking.

8. WHEN do you plan to build it?
In the weeks to come.

9. What resolution and settings do you use?
Need confirmation from my brother.

10. Are there any specific technologies you want?
USB3, SATA3, SSD, low noise...

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Something along those lines...?

CPU:
AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus AM1M-A Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard ($48.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.87 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($93.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $848.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 14:33 EDT-0400)

Just contacted my brother and he would like to change his monitor (didn't tell me the size/resolution tho...but since there's no gaming involved, who cares). He told me he would prefer an i5 or i7, but I think I convinced him it wouldn't be very useful to him to have that kind of powerful processor for his use. He want something that *could* last at least 5-6 years mostly. AM1 platform seems plenty powerful for the use, and the price is great IMHO, leaving budget for a great SSD and power supply.

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Old May 13, 2014, 11:30 AM
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He seems to be a prime candidate for an AM1 system....
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Old May 13, 2014, 11:40 AM
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He seems to be a prime candidate for an AM1 system....
I'll look that up!
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Old May 13, 2014, 11:45 AM
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I would agree with you on that Sky, hopefully sswilson can chime in which his experience with his own AM1 to see if that should fit your bother's needs Lamb.
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Old May 13, 2014, 12:00 PM
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Seems like a great platform, think that will do :)

I'm just lost for the SSD we should get now...

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Old May 13, 2014, 12:36 PM
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Something along those lines...?

CPU: AMD 5350 2.05Ghz Quad-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX)
Motherboard: Asus AM1M-A Micro ATX AM1 Motherboard ($48.75 @ Vuugo)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($99.99 @ Memory Express)
Storage: Samsung 840 Pro Series 256GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($226.87 @ DirectCanada)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($89.99 @ NCIX)
Power Supply: Corsair RM 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($119.98 @ Newegg Canada)
Optical Drive: LG BH16NS40 Blu-Ray/DVD/CD Writer ($93.50 @ Vuugo)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($104.79 @ DirectCanada)
Total: $848.86
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-13 14:33 EDT-0400)

Just contacted my brother and he would like to change his monitor (didn't tell me the size/resolution tho...but since there's no gaming involved, who cares). He told me he would prefer an i5 or i7, but I think I convinced him it wouldn't be very useful to him to have that kind of powerful processor for his use. He want something that *could* last at least 5-6 years.
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Old May 13, 2014, 12:54 PM
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Depending on how many drivers you plan to connect to the system, you could actually go the laptop power brick and this ASRock ( ASRock > AM1H-ITX )motherboard which doesn't require an internal power supply.
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I have an issue spending the combined total for the CPU, mobo and memory on an SSD.

Why not go with a Seagate SSHD?
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Old May 13, 2014, 04:48 PM
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I have an issue spending the combined total for the CPU, mobo and memory on an SSD.

Why not go with a Seagate SSHD?
Haven't seen them on PCPartPicker. Thanks! The 2TB tier should be fine.

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Depending on how many drivers you plan to connect to the system, you could actually go the laptop power brick and this ASRock ( ASRock > AM1H-ITX )motherboard which doesn't require an internal power supply.
I know he does plug a bunch of things through a USB hub but besides that...

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ths sshd is with the hybrid check.
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