Dad's Christmas Present: $400-500 budget

Hey guys and gals,

My father had this POS laptop for years, and it finally crapped it's pants. I made a build on PcPartPicker for the budget of $400-500. I don't want to spend $500, but I will if it makes a significant performance boost.

Here is my current build:


CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($129.99 @ Microcenter)

CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper TX3 54.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($9.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: ECS A75F2-A2(1.0) ATX FM2 Motherboard ($73.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Sniper 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($64.98 @ Outlet PC)

Storage: Crucial M4 64GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($69.99 @ Microcenter)

Power Supply: Rosewill Capstone 450W 80 PLUS Gold Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($59.99 Amazon) 

Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($18.48 @ Outlet PC)

Case: APEVIA X-DREAMER4 ($59.98)

Total: $487.38

--He basically just browses the web, and watches videos and such. I want him to have an SSD for quicker load times... Any suggestions?

- Will

Looks good but get a 120 or 128gb ssd instead but otherwise it looks good.

I think that 8 gigs of ram is a bit much if he only browses the web aka no games, but you can never have too much ram.

Hm, would not get an A10 unless casually gaming. I would swap the A10 with an A8, Still a quad core. Or possibly just getting a regular CPU and relying on on-board graphics (Not sure about that though, I always put in a GPU)

As for the CPU cooler, I would go for a 212 plus or the 101(AMD) that is listed under the price.

Would use the ASRock FM2A75M-DGS instead of the ECS A75F2-A2, Just a personal preference, nothing wrong with the ECS A75F2-A2 as far as I can tell.

I would get a larger SSD, or a HDD along with the SSD. 64GB is not a lot, Win7 takes up 40ishGB. I use the Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB, It works alright.

Other than that, the rest is fine. It will be a good gift.

Get an athlon 750K CPU, it has a disabled graphics core which you won't be needing anyways. Even a celeron with Intel HD graphics will be ample for any browsing and videos. No need for a quadcore for your purposes. You don't need an aftermarket cooler for browsing the web. Also, gold certified PSU is overkill for this build. Get any 80+ power supply and you will be fine. Get 4 Gigs of ram in 2X2 instead of 8. You can find a cheaper case and it will run just fine. It's just a house for your components. 

Take a look here

The total comes in at around 413 including a 22 inch 1080P monitor and 120 Gb SSD.

Really quite quiet.

what does he use the computer for, and does he already have a PC case and Sata hard drive?

surfing and videos? Just get this...

bleh I'm so tired I didn't even read that part