Question Check my build list, A new machine for my dad.

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Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next month

Budget Range: 800-1200 lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home office work.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, but when the time comes I will price shop a few places.

Location: United States, Utah

Overclocking: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

My dad asked me to build a system for him. He didn't have a firm budget but in the 800 to 1200 is preferred.

He doesn't game, but wants a dedicated video card. He is worried integrated graphics won't be enough especially since he doesn't build or upgrade very often. He wants the machine to last a LONG time. He uses it for home office work, internet, you tube etc..

He doesn't really like RGB. If some components have LEDs that OK, but not preferred.

I was thinking he needed a machine with a good mount of memory and a big SSD so he won't have to add anything to the machine for a while.

Listed below is what I was thinking. Please check for compatibility, as well as any better suggestions. I will give him the option to upgrade some items like memory amount, or CPU if he wants.

CPU AMD 3600 $227

Mother Board Gigabyte B550M DS3H $117
https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B550M-DS3H-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B089FY7QT1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Gigabyte+B550M+DS3H&qid=1602997308&sr=8-1

GPU 1650 Super $170
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Windforce-Graphics-Gv-N165SWF2OC-4GD/dp/B081R359ZM/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1SL4GSH07EDX8&dchild=1&keywords=1650+super&qid=1602982682&sprefix=1650+,aps,224&sr=8-2

Memory Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-3200 2x8 16gb $70

SSD Western Digital SN550 1TB $105

PSU corsair RM 650 80+gold $115
https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-RM550x-Certified-Modular-Supply/dp/B07RFZPN8G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Corsair+RM550x&qid=1602980550&s=electronics&sr=1-1&th=1

Case Fractal Design Define C $87
https://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-Define-Supply-FD-CA-DEF-C-BK/dp/B01M2CP50B/ref=sr_1_4?crid=13APHGR95XW8S&dchild=1&keywords=fractal+design+case&qid=1602987851&s=electronics&sprefix=fractal+design,electronics,206&sr=1-4&th=1

Wifi adaptor Techkey 1750 mbps dual band $38
https://www.amazon.com/Techkey-1750Mbps-1300Mbps-Antennas-Wireless/dp/B07PKMFPF7/?tag=georiot-us-default-20&ascsubtag=tomshardware-us-9842568993969635000-20

OS Windows 10 home $105
https://www.amazon.com/Windows-English-License-Flash-Drive/dp/B08KW9P699/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=windows+10&qid=1602981365&sr=8-9

This comes out to about $1034

Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
 

hang-the-9

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For no games, you don't need a video card, the onboard video in modern CPUs will handle even 4k video.

CPU can also be lowered, basic use can go with a cheaper CPU, even for many years of use.

SSD size, how much storage is being used now? Unless someone is saving movies, a lot of pictures, installing large programs on the system a 1 TB drive may be too much.

The PSU is good, but is more high end than is needed for a non-gaming setup.

Ryzen 5 3400G $140 https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-3400G-8-Thread-Processor/dp/B07SXNDKNM/ref=psdc_229189_t1_B07STGHZK8?th=1

Edit to remove incorrect motherboard chipset

Corsiar CX 450 M PSU $70 and enough to add a 1650 super or 1660 super type card later if you really want https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Bronze-Certified-Modular-CP-9020101-NA/dp/B01B72VXE6/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=corsair+cx&qid=1603050421&s=electronics&sr=1-2&th=1

Case is nice but you may want one with a mesh front for easier cooling like the Fractal Design Meshify

About $300 + cheaper than original build with more than enough speed to run programs for years. Can use the difference on a nicer monitor/keyboard/mouse setup if you want or just pocket the savings.
 
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egda23

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For no games, you don't need a video card, the onboard video in modern CPUs will handle even 4k video.

CPU can also be lowered, basic use can go with a cheaper CPU, even for many years of use.

SSD size, how much storage is being used now? Unless someone is saving movies, a lot of pictures, installing large programs on the system a 1 TB drive may be too much.

The PSU is good, but is more high end than is needed for a non-gaming setup.

Ryzen 5 3400G $140 https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Ryzen-3400G-8-Thread-Processor/dp/B07SXNDKNM/ref=psdc_229189_t1_B07STGHZK8?th=1

MSI B550M PRO-VDH WiFi so no need for an add-on wifi card $110 https://www.amazon.com/MSI-B550M-PRO-VDH-ProSeries-Motherboard/dp/B089D1YG11/ref=pd_sbs_147_3/143-9989468-0692915?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B089D1YG11&pd_rd_r=2ae3c434-9380-4c60-a360-085ec449a427&pd_rd_w=CVXx1&pd_rd_wg=OlDgC&pf_rd_p=b65ee94e-1282-43fc-a8b1-8bf931f6dfab&pf_rd_r=93JT4F0RR7NBTHEPTNHK&psc=1&refRID=93JT4F0RR7NBTHEPTNHK

Corsiar CX 450 M PSU $70 and enough to add a 1650 super or 1660 super type card later if you really want https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Bronze-Certified-Modular-CP-9020101-NA/dp/B01B72VXE6/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=corsair+cx&qid=1603050421&s=electronics&sr=1-2&th=1

Case is nice but you may want one with a mesh front for easier cooling like the Fractal Design Meshify

About $300 + cheaper than original build with more than enough speed to run programs for years. Can use the difference on a nicer monitor/keyboard/mouse setup if you want or just pocket the savings.
I am pretty sure that the 3400G is not supported by the B550 chipset.
You need an older B450 board
 
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Approximate Purchase Date: Sometime in the next month

Budget Range: 800-1200 lower the better

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Home office work.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon, but when the time comes I will price shop a few places.

Location: United States, Utah

Overclocking: No

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

My dad asked me to build a system for him. He didn't have a firm budget but in the 800 to 1200 is preferred.

He doesn't game, but wants a dedicated video card. He is worried integrated graphics won't be enough especially since he doesn't build or upgrade very often. He wants the machine to last a LONG time. He uses it for home office work, internet, you tube etc..

He doesn't really like RGB. If some components have LEDs that OK, but not preferred.

I was thinking he needed a machine with a good mount of memory and a big SSD so he won't have to add anything to the machine for a while.

Listed below is what I was thinking. Please check for compatibility, as well as any better suggestions. I will give him the option to upgrade some items like memory amount, or CPU if he wants.

CPU AMD 3600 $227

Mother Board Gigabyte B550M DS3H $117
https://www.amazon.com/GIGABYTE-B550M-DS3H-Micro-Motherboard/dp/B089FY7QT1/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Gigabyte+B550M+DS3H&qid=1602997308&sr=8-1

GPU 1650 Super $170
https://www.amazon.com/Gigabyte-GeForce-Windforce-Graphics-Gv-N165SWF2OC-4GD/dp/B081R359ZM/ref=sr_1_2?crid=1SL4GSH07EDX8&dchild=1&keywords=1650+super&qid=1602982682&sprefix=1650+,aps,224&sr=8-2

Memory Patriot Viper Steel DDR4-3200 2x8 16gb $70

SSD Western Digital SN550 1TB $105

PSU corsair RM 650 80+gold $115
https://www.amazon.com/CORSAIR-RM550x-Certified-Modular-Supply/dp/B07RFZPN8G/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Corsair+RM550x&qid=1602980550&s=electronics&sr=1-1&th=1

Case Fractal Design Define C $87
https://www.amazon.com/Fractal-Design-Define-Supply-FD-CA-DEF-C-BK/dp/B01M2CP50B/ref=sr_1_4?crid=13APHGR95XW8S&dchild=1&keywords=fractal+design+case&qid=1602987851&s=electronics&sprefix=fractal+design,electronics,206&sr=1-4&th=1

Wifi adaptor Techkey 1750 mbps dual band $38
https://www.amazon.com/Techkey-1750Mbps-1300Mbps-Antennas-Wireless/dp/B07PKMFPF7/?tag=georiot-us-default-20&ascsubtag=tomshardware-us-9842568993969635000-20

OS Windows 10 home $105
https://www.amazon.com/Windows-English-License-Flash-Drive/dp/B08KW9P699/ref=sr_1_9?dchild=1&keywords=windows+10&qid=1602981365&sr=8-9

This comes out to about $1034

Any advice or comments would be appreciated.
Something like this would be more than enough for the uses you described and can easily be upgraded at any time if the need arises.

PCPartPicker Part List

CPU: Intel Core i3-10100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($114.95 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI B460M PRO-VDH WIFI Micro ATX LGA1200 Motherboard ($103.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 CL15 Memory ($66.97 @ Amazon)
Storage: ADATA XPG SX8200 Pro 512 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive ($64.98 @ Amazon)
Case: Fractal Design Define Mini C MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($83.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX (2017) 450 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($64.94 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($108.78 @ Other World Computing)
Total: $608.59
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2020-10-18 19:15 EDT-0400
 
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tkp

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Thanks for your replies. I showed these to him.

We will try the build first without a video card. He also doesn't need the network card since he has a cable where the machine will be.

He liked the Meshify case and will go with that. He will think about the other recommendations too.
 

hang-the-9

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Thanks for your replies. I showed these to him.

We will try the build first without a video card. He also doesn't need the network card since he has a cable where the machine will be.

He liked the Meshify case and will go with that. He will think about the other recommendations too.
I do suggest doing the build with the CX M vs the standard CX power supply, not having extra cables sitting in the case is pretty nice, especially if you use a case with a window and it's easier to hid them.
 

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