Advice on budget build


Nov 11, 2012
Approximate Purchase Date: 2-3 weeks (maybe black friday/cyber monday)

Budget Range: As close to $400 as possible

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Surfing the internet, watch videos (youtube), some gaming (will be my wifes computer)

Are you buying a monitor: No (will be in the future)

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg

Location: IN, USA

Parts Preferences: Intel CPU and nvidia GPU

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: No

Your Monitor Resolution: Best as possible (will be upgrading monitor in the future)

Additional Comments: This will be my wifes computer so gaming will be limited (unless I can convince her to join me lol). I have been looking at G850 CPU's due to price being about half that of an i3. Also looked at 6670 GPU's for price reasons again (prefer nvidia however if performance/price is comparable). Open to other options on both as nothing has been bought yet. Hopeful to find some good deals on black friday or cyber monday.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75M-DGS Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($44.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($23.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($37.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($91.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $394.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2012-11-17 03:09 EST-0500)

This is pretty much the situation an APU was designed for, and it will perform similarly to a high-end pentium in multi-threaded tasks. The integrated graphics is pretty good too.