I'm building a PC for my parents for office work. They normally use a web browser, Microsoft Office, and MS Paint (pretty hefty workload, huh? ). They have a HP Pavillion p6520y now which has a sporadic issue I was trying to work on. I can't figure out the problem after hours of work, so new PC it is.
So, after some research, this is what I came up with.
Here are the reasons for the parts I chose:
i3-8100 (CPU): It's roughly 2x faster than their AMD Athlon II X4 635 according to a comparison I did on userbenchmark (idk if this is a good site or not, opinion seems pretty split). I originally was going with an i5 for vPro, but I don't think I'll ever use vPro, so I don't want my parents to spend money unnecessarily. A local Microcenter has it for $109.99.
MSI - B360M PRO-VDH (motherboard): has USB Type C and a good set of ports and expansion options.
RAM: Replace it with whatever is cheapest but has fair speed at Microcenter. It's basically a placeholder.
Crucial MX500 1TB SSD (storage): My parents hardly use any storage space. They'd probably be fine with a 250GB SSD, but they want a 1TB since that's the capacity of their hard drive now. It's their money and there's a deal, so whatever makes them happy. $197.99 at Microcenter.
Windows 10 Pro Retail (OS): I have Windows 10 Home and I've been getting fed up with how I can't access certain utilities to disable some things, so I feel like Pro is a safer bet and it will let me remote access into their computer from college without a 3rd party program. I picked retail over OEM because OEM has certain license restrictions on who can use it and it can't be transferred between computers. I'd rather just get retail to avoid that.
I'll probably transfer the DVD writer from my parent's HP to the new build. It still works.
If anyone has any ideas for substitutes for the parts above or case/PSU suggestions, please let me know. Ideally, I'll get all the parts at Microcenter. But Fry's is nearby too. As a last resort, I can order online.
My parents think my Fractal Design Define R4 case is gigantic, so I was thinking about a smaller micro-atx case. It is going to fit in an alcove on their desk. There's no reason for a window. It's probably going to face the desk alcove's wall anyway. Their current HP fits fine.
As for a PSU, I've been having trouble sifting through current PSU teardown reviews to see what's quality and what's not. If someone has a specific model that got good ratings that they know of, please let me know.
Thank you for your help!