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Hey people smile.gif I need some ideas.
My twin cousins need a pc, they're 12 years old, and my aunt is gonna spend max 900€.
Myself, I use AMD so far, but for a change I'd like to work with Intel on this one.
No great needs tho, mostly for Internet use, Office, music, and some games (Age of Mythology, Chicken Invaders, Angry Birds, you get the idea)
So I need some opinions on the CPU-Motherboard compination.


Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 Blue 45€
Optical drive: Sony DVD-RW Sata AD-5280S 22€
HDD: Seagate ST500DM002 500GB (SATA 3) 99€
post #2 of 10
I would say an i5-2320 would be a good choice. It should also be able to keep up for years, especially for their applications. Asus, MSI, and Gigabyte all make good mid range boards. The exact model would be specific to the features you want. As far as reccomendations I would go with either the P67, P55, or H55 chipset. The Z68 is not necessary for this computer. And a motherboard with onboard graphics is better.
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post #3 of 10
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yeah, the 2320 seems more than enough, probably that's gonna be my CPU choice wink.gif
as for the MB, I think the Gigabyte P67X UD3 B3 will just fit perfectly with the 2320

Parts so far:

Case: CoolerMaster Elite 310 Blue 45
Optical drive: Sony DVD-RW Sata AD-5280S 22
HDD: Seagate ST500DM002 500GB 99
Monitor: LG E2351VR-BN LED 23" 165
Keyboard: Logitech MK260 Wireless + Mouse 20,50
Speakers: Logitech Z313 (2.1) 30
MB: Gigabyte P67X UD3 B3 119
RAM: Corsair XMS 4GB DDR3-1600Mhz 25

that's a total of 525,5€.
still 350-400€ to spend. (including the CPU-GPU)


Edited by Tech14 - 1/22/12 at 5:36pm
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I'd suggest an i3-2100. No use in getting an i5 unless you are going to overclock.

Also, buy a Z68 board. In the event that the GPU dies, you can still have a computer up and running.

For a GPU, a 5770/6770 will be more than adequate.

EDIT: Motherboard. I realize it's Newegg, but you didn't give a site that you were buying from.

EDIT EDIT: I'd suggest buying a wired keyboard and mouse. I've always had problems with wireless combos. Typically they run out of battery at the most inconvenient time.
Edited by rdfloyd - 1/22/12 at 5:39pm
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Prices are all from a local store, www.plaisio.gr, it's in Greek :/
Anyways, won't be a problem to find any part you guys mention. Just name it and I'll do a check.
So, you think a Z68 MB is worth the money spent for a mid range PC?
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Prices are all from a local store, www.plaisio.gr, it's in Greek :/
Anyways, won't be a problem to find any part you guys mention. Just name it and I'll do a check.
So, you think a Z68 MB is worth the money spent for a mid range PC?

Not going to be much of a difference in price. Since it's a family member's computer, from personal experience, it's nice to have a backup plan. You might be able to get away with the onboard GPU if want. Your aunt can save some money for other things too. thumb.gif
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I'd get this for a CPU: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115093
Motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157271
GPU (one of these): http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007709&IsNodeId=1&Description=6770&name=Desktop%20Graphics%20%2f%20Video%20Cards&Order=PRICE&Pagesize=20
PSU: Either an Antec 400W, XFX 450W, or Antec 620W.

I realize that the 620W is MORE than enough, but if they ever wanted to upgrade, that power supply will see them through.

Another thing to add is possibly a SSD. This will let that i3 stretch it's legs a little.
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post #8 of 10
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hm..2125 not available, I can find the 2core 2100, or just go straight to 4core 2320-2400.
as for the MB, I'll stick to Gigabyte. Probably the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3, seems quite good.
GPU now - 6770? I can find the MSI R6770 93, Sapphire 6770 Vapor-X 121 and the Sapphire 6770 Flex, 139€.
Also, I've already decided on the PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 500W will be fine

*edit- just noticed your edit above about the wireless keyboard + mouse.
a wired keyboard maybe, but I think it'll be more convenient for them to use a wireless mouse, changing batteries almost every month (or more cause they won't use it very much) won't be a problem.
Edited by Tech14 - 1/23/12 at 2:05am
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hm..2125 not available, I can find the 2core 2100, or just go straight to 4core 2320-2400.
as for the MB, I'll stick to Gigabyte. Probably the Gigabyte Z68AP-D3, seems quite good.
GPU now - 6770? I can find the MSI R6770 93, Sapphire 6770 Vapor-X 121 and the Sapphire 6770 Flex, 139€.
Also, I've already decided on the PSU - Corsair Builder Series CX500 V2 500W will be fine
*edit- just noticed your edit above about the wireless keyboard + mouse.
a wired keyboard maybe, but I think it'll be more convenient for them to use a wireless mouse, changing batteries almost every month (or more cause they won't use it very much) won't be a problem.

Choosing between a 2100 and a 2320 depends on what they do or are going to do. The 2100 will handle almost any task easily, and since you will be using a graphics card, the onboard graphics won't matter. I'd go with the 2100.

I've heard that Gigabyte has had some trouble recently with boot looping (don't know much about it). That's why I'm wary of recommending one.

I'd get the MSI. It's cheap, and I doubt they will push it to the limit.

Not a bad PSU, but there are better. That's not the same kind of Corsair that they used to sell (not a Seasonic). It's actually a CWT unit, which isn't bad, but not good either. I'd find a rebranded Seasonic (there is a list around here somewhere) personally.
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Sorry for late reply. My aunt called me the other day, said that the new PC build will have to wait until further notice..
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