I haven't built a PC in nearly two years now, so I'm out of the loop with what is the best bang-for-buck hardware. I did a little research before posting, and I wanted to get some opinions on this build.
My dad had a Dell machine that is at least 10 years old that finally died on him. Essentially all he uses the PC for is e-mail, web browsing, documentation, and some very light games (like some poker game he bought, animations that an on-board video card should be able to handle, but I'll get a decent low-end card for him anyhow).
He already has two monitors (I upgraded the video card a few years ago for dual monitors), speakers, and a keyboard & mouse. All we need is the actual PC. He doesn't want to spend more than $800 which is more than enough headroom for a simple PC (I think). Lastly (although he won't utilize it), I will install my Windows 7 64-bit OS on this machine.
This is what I've come up with, please give me you opinions:
$89.99 - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L
Newegg.com - GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3L LGA 775 Intel P45 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards
Processor (stock heatsink should be fine, no OC):
$167.99 - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400
Newegg.com - Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz 6MB L2 Cache LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops
$85.99 - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB)
Newegg.com - G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-6400CL5D-4GBPQ - Desktop Memory
$69.99 - EVGA GeForce 9500 GT 1GB
Newegg.com - EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT 1GB 128-bit GDDR2 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - Desktop Graphics / Video Cards
$69.99 - Western Digital Caviar 640GB
Newegg.com - Western Digital Caviar Blue WD6400AAKS 640GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
$79.99 - CORSAIR 550W
Newegg.com - CORSAIR CMPSU-550VX 550W ATX12V V2.2 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS Certified Active PFC Compatible with Core i7 Power Supply - Power Supplies
$69.99 - COOLER MASTER 690
Newegg.com - COOLER MASTER RC-690-KKN1-GP Black SECC/ ABS ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Computer Cases
$633.93 + tax & shipping