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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: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2Erzr

    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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    Personally, I think you'd be better off with i3-4330 rather than AMD. Other than that, the rig seems fine. As for the SSD, I'd consider getting Plextor M5S or Samsung 840 EVO.
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    For the board I'd go for an FM2+ socket (e.g. https://www.asus.com/Motherboards/A78MA) . I know it may not be that important but it will make future CPU upgrades easier.
    You can still put the FM2 cpu you've selected.

    I'd also go for a case with a USB 3.0 front port as the boards support it.

    Also I'd prefer to go with a dual channel memory setup, so go for a 2x2GB set. If you think you will go for 8GB later, just buy a 2x4GB kit now. The difference will be just ~$20-30.

    For SSD, Samsung 840 EVOs are good. You generally need a bracket, this one comes with some extras : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820147252

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    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2HRvv

    Just something to consider, still room for a bigger SSD and since it's for very casual usage, you probably won't need a 1TB drive.

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    which PSU are you considering ?

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    ^
    Going by the PCPP link in the first post, the Corsair CX430
    No wonder it doesn't work! You installed the coils backwards

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    I've built a similar system, without the SSD and it works well enough. worse problem is every time I see an A8 on sale I wonder. But I like better toys.
    The ADATA SSD at $80 does not thrill me:
    http://www.amazon.com/Crucial-2-5-In...8&keywords=ssd

    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Electr...1&keywords=ssd

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