What would be good for a basic PC for the old folks?

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My parents are using a Dell PC that's getting on a bit now and needs binning. The things I can re-use are the DVD and card reader drives, HDD and associated screen, keyboard, mouse, etc. (so I'd be needing chassis, PSU, mobo, RAM, CPU, cooler, possibly graphics card). OS licensing is also taken care of.

They do a bit of video editing now and again (nothing too fancy) but predominantly it's just web and productivity stuff (which I'm sure we used to be able to do with a Pentium 200). They don't want to spend a fortune but I'd really like to put something like an i5 system together or equivalent AMD. I'd also like to include a small SSD for Windows and Office.

What would you guys suggest? Budget is £300-400 so maybe options at £300, £350 and £400 :)

Cheers!
 
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Thanks, that's looking pretty good :)

I just put this AMD basket together, any good? Not sure where the AMD chips factor into things really.

AMD A10-5800K Black Edition 3.80GHz (Socket FM2) APU Trinity Quad Core Processor (AD580KWOHJBOX) £95.99
Gigabyte F2A75M-D3H AMD A75 Chipset (Socket FM2) DDR3 Micro ATX Motherboard £59.99
Intel 330 Series 60GB 2.5" SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Hard Drive - Retail £55.99
OCZ CoreXtreme 500w '80 Plus' Power Supply £32.99
Aerocool Qs-200 Lite Midi Tower Case - Black £32.99
GeIL Black Dragon 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 PC3-10666C9 1333MHz Dual Channel Kit (GD38GB1333C9DC) £25.99

£303.94 plus delivery.

Also, how do you get your basket contents into a forum post nice and neatly??
 
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Cheers guys

The existing optical and disk drives are SATA so they should be ok. Nice visual comparison there, thanks for that. Makes it easier to position both options.
 
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Oh, just while I think of it, the AMD 'box' CPUs come with a cooler, right?
 
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I'm not sure you need the graphical power of the AMD, but more the CPU power of then Intel. At least for video encoding.

The case may look cheap, but it's very good.
 
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