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$700 CAD Budget for a computer mainly for watching movies?

Hey everybody,

Would love some help in finding parts with a $700 CAD budget. Building a computer for my dad where he mainly just watches movies but enough where I can upgrade it if my sister decides to use it later on.

Would a Ryzen or Intel be better nowadays? Are there any cheap good looking towers out there?

Thanks.
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  1. Well since you are in Canada, prices will be a bit higher. I wouldn't go with Ryzen since you need a GPU. Since there is no gaming, just go with a nice Kaby Lake. That way if you are using it for Netflix in 4K, you can watch it without any restrictions.

    You honestly don't need anything fancy. What will your sister be doing? You also may get away buying a cheap pre-build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.00 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.30 @ shopRBC)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ shopRBC)
    Total: $463.25
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-21 14:01 EDT-0400
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  2. PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.00 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - GA-B250M-DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Memory: Team - Vulcan 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-2400 Memory ($134.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: ADATA - Premier Pro SP920 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($109.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.51 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Rosewill - SRM-01 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($24.99 @ Amazon Canada)
    Power Supply: Corsair - CXM 450W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($64.99 @ Memory Express)
    Operating System: Microsoft - Windows 10 Home OEM 64-bit ($119.98 @ DirectCanada)
    Total: $688.44
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-21 14:12 EDT-0400
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  3. Herc08 said:
    Well since you are in Canada, prices will be a bit higher. I wouldn't go with Ryzen since you need a GPU. Since there is no gaming, just go with a nice Kaby Lake. That way if you are using it for Netflix in 4K, you can watch it without any restrictions.

    You honestly don't need anything fancy. What will your sister be doing? You also may get away buying a cheap pre-build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.00 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.30 @ shopRBC)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ shopRBC)
    Total: $463.25
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-21 14:01 EDT-0400



    You forgot ram, and OS, and that PSU is not a quality unit.
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  4. I just now realized it. And even though it's not quality, I don't see this computer being heavily used. It should be able to handle basic computing and movies, just like a pre-built.
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  5. Herc08 said:
    Well since you are in Canada, prices will be a bit higher. I wouldn't go with Ryzen since you need a GPU. Since there is no gaming, just go with a nice Kaby Lake. That way if you are using it for Netflix in 4K, you can watch it without any restrictions.

    You honestly don't need anything fancy. What will your sister be doing? You also may get away buying a cheap pre-build.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

    CPU: Intel - Pentium G4560 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($84.00 @ shopRBC)
    Motherboard: MSI - B250M PRO-VD Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($89.30 @ shopRBC)
    Storage: Samsung - 850 EVO-Series 250GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($127.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Storage: Seagate - Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($89.97 @ DirectCanada)
    Case: Xion - XON-310_BK MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg Canada)
    Power Supply: EVGA - 430W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply ($42.00 @ shopRBC)
    Total: $463.25
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2017-06-21 14:01 EDT-0400

    My dad uses it everyday since he's handicap now just surfing and watching his movies. My sister might use it for just some basic applications, I don't see it being too intensive either.
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  6. Again, you don't need anything extravagant. I did indeed forget to add memory. Even though the 430w isn't the best quality, since you are not using it for intensive work, all you need to do is power it on and watch movies, nothing else will draw power.
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  7. If I wanted to add a graphics card later on, which graphics card would you guys recommend?
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  8. Best answer
    Depending on what you are doing. I would probably go with a nice cheap GTC 1050 or RX 560 (if you can find one). No need to go all high end. Again, it truly depends on what you are doing. The G4560 can also handle very light gaming as well.
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