Yeah, I was considering the R9, but I've been reading it needs some power to run it.
I have a 500w PSU, don't think that's enough. I'm open to buying used, budget around $150-$170.
800w PSU should handle almost anything you throw at it.
I should probably upgrade my PC that I've had since 2011, but I don't really play games anymore. I wasted a lot of time on them when I was younger.
If you're doing a completely new build, you're better off getting the 6700k. It's only ~$30 more than the 4790k so you might as well get the latest and greatest. You'll get DDR4 ram support (64GB max), more PCI-E lanes on the z170 chipset and most z170 motherboards come with USB 3.1 ports. It's barely a performance upgrade but the added features will be worth it if you don't plan on upgrading for a while.
What's your mom's current build? For their needs, you won't need to spend much.
Is it still running fine? Either way, a new build would be a nice Christmas present.
Here's what I recommend around the lower range. It should last quite a while. No need for a GPU:
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Motherboard: MSI H81M-E34 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard
- Memory: 8GB DDR3-1600 (I recommend 2x4GB) -- RAM prices are dropping
- Storage: Any 120GB-250GB SSD (Samsung, Crucial, etc.) -- Everything will load much faster
- Case: Rosewill Line-M MicroATX Mini Tower Case -- Compact sized and minimal case
- Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply -- Will handle everything she does on the PC
- DVD optical drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer -- Pick any DVD writer at the lowest price point; they all work fine
- May need to get a new copy of Windows and a Wi-Fi adapter too