The wife is getting on my case about her computer. It is a four year old E7300 that freezes on the splash screen. She doesn't need much, but I'd like to give her something that will last a good three years or so. It's a task machine used for Quicken, Paint Shop Pro (basic editing), Netflix/HBO streaming, itunes, etc. No gaming at all and I do not see that changing. I also don't see it using more than one monitor. She started playing with those All in One touch screen units and liked them. She does admit that she has no idea why she likes it other that it was cool. I figure I'd see what it would cost to build something versus the cost of one of those things.
I was thinking an AMD A10-5800 would be a great value and suit her needs while leaving some room to grow. I'd get a board with USB 3.0 and the Sata 3. I figure on 8 GB of RAM, possibly an SSD and a separate storage drive. She probably won't see the benefit of an SSD 9other than fast boot up), so that might get left out. I have a ModStream 520 PSU that I'll probably re-use.
At the A10 price point, I'd be looking at the dual core i3 chips from Intel. I figured the extra cores and better video performance (as I understand it) would give her some overhead in case her uses change.