Building a machine for my little sister need help again!

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  1. Calliers

    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Hey guys, building my little sister a gaming PC as an Xmas gift to her and I was wondering if you could help me with the parts, I'm going AMD to shave of some dollars this time round, this is what I have so far:-

    - Intel Core i3-4170 3M Haswell Dual-Core 3.7 GHz LGA 1150 54W BX80646I34170 Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 4400: $149.99
    - GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H-A LGA 1150 Intel B85 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard: $84.99
    - G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL10S-8GBXL: $47.99
    - ASUS Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS - OEM: $67.99
    - WD Blue 1TB Desktop Hard Disk Drive - 7200 RPM SATA 6 Gb/s 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch - WD10EZEX - OEM: $64.99
    - COUGAR MX200 Black ATX Mid Tower Computer Case Standard ATX PS2: $39.99
    - Acer S241HLbmid Black 24" 5ms HDMI Widescreen LED Backlight LCD Monitor 250 cd/m2 ACM 100,000,000:1 (1,000:1) Built-in Speakers: $164.99
    - CORSAIR CX series CX430 430W Power Supply: $64.99
    - Tt eSPORTS Challenger Prime Backlit Gaming Keyboard: $34.99
    - Tt eSPORTS Talon Multi Colored USB Gaming Mouse: $23.99

    Total including tax and shipping is $837.26 now as for the video card I've asked the friend that was going to hook me up with a R9 380 if he could for this build, so we'll see if I have to buy it myself or not.
     
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    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    What's it going to be used for?
    Do you have peripherals and an OS?
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    Get a faster hard drive.
    430W? I would go a bit higher to make sure there are no problems later on. Don't forget that none of them work at 100% and that the PSU loses efficiency each year.
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Of course I forgot to add a keyboard and mouse, how silly of me. It's going to be used for gaming, she learned from the best. :p

    Um, is Windows 10 still free?

    500W then? I know that AMD processors draw less power than Intel ones.

    And do I really need a faster drive?
     
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  5. IvanV

    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    There's something weird with the HDD, it says that it's just 5400rpm. Click here for the 7200rpm version and save a few bucks along the way. :)

    Also, I'd go with an i3 over an FX-4xxx. For the most part, they are fairly evenly matched, but there are a few games out there where i3 absolutely smokes the FX.

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    That Corsair is a great unit, if we're sticking with lower end CPUs, it ought to be fine, I wouldn't worry about it.

    EDIT: CPU Motherboard
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Hmmm, will it make the price go up by say a couple hundred if I switch from AMD to Intel? Because I just blew an arm and a leg on a new PC and I'm really trying to keep this PC sub 1000 dollars.

    And thanks for spotting that about the HDD Ivan, changed.
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    I put the links to an i3 and an appropriate motherboard in the EDIT section at the bottom of the previous post. :)

    It's $150 for Core i3-4170 (there's also a $5 promo code), and $85 for the GIGABYTE GA-B85M-DS3H-A. With the HDD actually turning out cheaper than originally thought, the build hasn't gotten any more expensive. :)
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    I think I might actually give my current new PC to my sister since she is more of a PC gamer than me (I have become more of a console gamer since the PS4) and take this one. Thank you Ivan.
     
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    Takaharu Unus offa, unus iuguolo

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    Good gripes!

    I'd go along with the notion to change to Intel. An i3 setup should be pretty similar to an AMD setup in price but it will also provide the ability to upgrade in the future. Alternatively, you could go for a Pentium, which should be available now for 1151.
     
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    Trusteft HH's Asteroids' Dominator

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    That's just stupid. Before the end of the week you will be out to buy a new PC for yourself.
     
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    IvanV HH Assassin Guild Member

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    Oh, be positive, it's a sweet thought. :) That Cal can be indecisive and order something, then give it away or sell it, then buy it again (several times) is another story. :D
     
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    Dyre Straits 10 Grandkids -2 Great-grandsons

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    Also, if the PC is for gaming, I would never consider anything other than Intel for the CPU.
     
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    Calliers Administrator/Editor Staff Member

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    Don't worry guys I'm keeping my PC. :)

    But she's pretty excited about hers.
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    Properly OCed, it will match/exceed the performance of an i3, but there have been one or two major games that won't start when the OS shows them only 2 cores (threads). Dragon Age: Inquisition and Far Cry 4 and I think that there have been others that wouldn't run well.

    So, with that in mind and this being a gaming rig, I'd pay the i3 "racket" .
     
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    kris23 Going Insane.....

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    thats interesting to hear about, yeesh... such a shame

    well i3 it is then, even if its just a fake quad lol
     
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