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post #1 of 22
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Hey Folks, for my little bro's birthday I'm building him a computer and I've hit a snag. I want to keep the price down as much as I can but I seem to be hovering around 750ish and I want it lower. I want to build him something cheap but also reliable and stable (so I'm trying to use more bigger name brand parts opposed to offshoots or open box stuff). Would you guys mind helping me out? If its not a hassle please only recommend MicroCenter or Newegg.

Thanks!
What I have so far:
Case: PSU Bundle
CPU: (MC) i3 http://www.microcenter.com/single_pr...uct_id=0359809
Mobo: Z68 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo
RAM: Gskill 2 x2GB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-20231277-L0D
HD: WD 500gb http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136769
CD:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...27106289<br />
Keyboard&Mouse: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...23334009<br />
Monitor: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16824254055
PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.742876
GPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102940
OS: Win7 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-32116986-L0G


PSU is way overkill so that's one thing I definitly need to change. Monitor I'd like to find a cheaper one (with audio) of the same-ish size. Might look into getting a FULL version of Student Discount Windows 7 but I'm not sure if they do that anymore (I think it's just upgrade discs at this point). Thanks in advance!
Edited by Cavus - 10/20/11 at 9:08pm
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post #2 of 22
600Watt would do for Xfire, I think the XFX 650's are cheap right now and have a mail in rebate.

Maybe go for a wired keybaord and mouse, I think that one will lag.
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Yea the PSU is total overkill. I've never heard of XFX how reliable are they? Also could you suggest a wired mouse/key board combo for about that price?
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post #4 of 22
Some combo special ideas:

CPU/RAM: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.747175
(This would only be good if you wanted to consolidate your order to newegg. Otherwise, go with the $100 option at MC and buy memory separately)

GPU/MOBO: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.752179
This is a better MOBO and GPU than you had in mind, the combo savings might help bring them into your budget.

Case/PSU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.742876
Great case comes with 3 fans. PSU comes highly recommended by review sites.
     
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post #5 of 22
Ew wireless mouse and keyboard? No 1080p?
I like the Model M, and use a G500. Those are more expensive but you do realize that your brother will use those and the the monitor right? The specs are good, but its overkill for a 20in low resolution monitor.

Student rate Windows is 30 dollars.

I suggest going down with the specs. My build was 700 in 2009 and serves me fine (dual monitors included). If he plays games older GPUs will work very well. I don't think he will need these specs, they are overkill.
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post #6 of 22
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I'm liking the PSU/Case bundle (I think I'm going to go with that). I've heard bad things about Rosewill PSUs however. How reliable are they? Also even with the combo savings the GPU/mobo pushes me UP $44. My bro plays predominantly LoL and maybe a little SWTOR or TSW when they come out, but nothing too serious (predominantly facebook, LoL, google and MS word).
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post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Nausicaa View Post
Ew wireless mouse and keyboard? No 1080p?
I like the Model M, and use a G500. Those are more expensive but you do realize that your brother will use those and the the monitor right? The specs are good, but its overkill for a 20in low resolution monitor.

Student rate Windows is 30 dollars.

I suggest going down with the specs. My build was 700 in 2009 and serves me fine (dual monitors included). If he plays games older GPUs will work very well. I don't think he will need these specs, they are overkill.
Would you make some suggestions as to specific parts to replace the monitor. I think the Student W7 is only the upgrade key (from Vista) not an actual full copy. Also links would be totally ballin' if it's not a hassle
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Does it need to be a desktop? A laptop would be fine for those purposes and he might get more use out of it if its portable.

We have a great sales section as well. Very reliable even if its used. I never had any bad experiences.
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Well thats what I wanted to get him (plus since he doesn't have ethernet in his room I wouldnt have to buy a Wifi card, but our parents (who are financing the build) wanted me to teach him about computers etc. Plus it would be a pretty decent test rig if I ever need to check if a part is dead or not.
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post #10 of 22
I'd suggest usability over what your parents want but if it must be a desktop...
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...er=lw9MynSeamY
This is slightly more expensive but much better.
I see you want built in speakers:
http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthr...9027&t=3392076

I like the Model M. They last longer than the newer keyboards and feel much better.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-IBM-...item20bd997cb6
A nice gaming mouse (not a fan of Razr) like the G500 would make usage also much more enjoyable.

I would lower the specs or see what parts you can salvage around the house. I don't notice a difference between expensive and cheap cases because I just click to turn on the computer very occasionally (its usually in sleep mode) and I don't have heat problems. I don't see a usage for a CD/DVD drive and never got one, but that might be extreme for you.
Edited by Nausicaa - 10/13/11 at 9:48am
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