New Desktop PC (Tower Only) for around $500-800

Hi Guys,
Looking to purchase a new desktop for a parent budget a bit flexible but would like to keep as low as possible. Already have peripherals.
Prefer to stay with intel (ie not and) as I have just never had anything AMD. Use for the computer would be standard business operation programs like excel, chrome email nothing too fancy. Dad loves to keep a million tabs open so I'd say 8gb RAM is a must. (Do have $200 JBHIFI GC, couldn't find anything decent there but if you find one from jbhifi that'd be amazing).
TIA

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  • +2 votes

    R3 2200G PC: $369
    Link: https://techfast.com.au/collections/amd-systems/products/amd...
    Code: R32200GEOFYS

    i7 8700 PC: $849
    Link: https://techfast.com.au/collections/intel-systems/products/i...
    Code: i7EOFYS

    First one is probably enough for casual use. Found here https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/458655

  • +2 votes

    Prefer to stay with intel (ie not and) as I have just never had anything AMD

    This is a really bad way to think without actually knowing how good both sides are, Amd's CPU's would suit you perfectly for a low budget PC especially the $369 PC listed above by 134679

    • +1 vote

      Thirded. The 2200G is a great CPU for the price.

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        It's really a waste of money to go with AMD at the low end. R3 2200g and R5 2400g are just excellent options for a low budget build.

        The 9100f isn't the worst option. But without an iGPU you're running the budget up for an dGPU.

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    +1 for the R3 2200G. I recently got one for an ITX built (1st time using AMD) and it's been amazing, no complaints.

    Suggest you up SSD from 120GB and possibly the ram to 16GB even with those two upgrades you'll be well in your budget.

    Don't bother with JB HiFi.

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    Have at look at the dell outlet (online) which has refurbished units. I recently bought a 'gaming pc' and it was very reasonable for the specs

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    2200g with 2xram 2666mhz atleast you can play games comfortably not highestgraphics but yeh

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    $500 - $800 is actually quite a lot for a PC that doesn't do much more than web browsing, email or office tasks.

    My suggestion would actually be to keep a lookout for the office refurbs that come up here all the time - one of those Dell Optiplex or HP Elitedesk boxes. Anything with an i5 or an i7 from 2nd gen upwards would be perfectly fine. DDR3 is cheap as well, so even if it comes with 8GB RAM, I'd bump it up to 16GB. I'd also add a 240GB SSD (around $40) and you'd be good to go for around $300.

    If you want to go new, I'll try and give both Intel and AMD suggestions (not judgmental about your preferences).

    INTEL:

    PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/NbkQXP

    CPU: Intel - Core i3-8100 3.6 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($198.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - B360M DS3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($106.29 @ Amazon Australia)
    Memory: G.Skill - Value 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($95.70 @ Newegg Australia)
    Storage: Crucial - BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
    Case: Deepcool - Frame MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($33.00 @ Storm Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 430 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($40.00 @ Amazon Australia)
    Total: $511.99
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-22 21:53 AEST+1000

    AMD:

    PCPartPicker Part List: https://au.pcpartpicker.com/list/M98tP3

    CPU: AMD - Ryzen 3 2200G 3.5 GHz Quad-Core Processor ($135.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Motherboard: Gigabyte - B450M DS3H Micro ATX AM4 Motherboard ($109.00 @ Shopping Express)
    Memory: G.Skill - Value 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($95.70 @ Newegg Australia)
    Storage: Crucial - BX500 240 GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($39.00 @ Scorptec)
    Case: Deepcool - Frame MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($33.00 @ Storm Computers)
    Power Supply: SeaSonic - S12II 430 W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($40.00 @ Amazon Australia)
    Total: $451.70
    Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
    Generated by PCPartPicker 2019-06-22 21:54 AEST+1000

    Both systems are fine for your use case. The Intel will have better CPU performance (the 2200G is still first-gen Ryzen IPC, so the i3 8100 will win here), but the AMD has better onboard graphics. I doubt you'd see any difference in day-to-day performance for the tasks you're listing. I highly suggest going with 16GB RAM as Chrome is a RAM hog and will only get worse over time. My Surface with 8GB RAM chugs when I have too many tabs open because it runs out of RAM (I'm one of those people who keep heaps of tabs open too). I've also selected boards with 4 RAM slots so there's an upgrade path later on (I'd pay the extra $20 or so for this feature). Apart from that, everything else is just whatever fits the budget!