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post #1 of 18
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Hey Everyone,

I have fallen out of the loop since building my rig (as you all may be able to tell) and have NO idea what to build for my dad for christmas.

He doesn't use his computer for really anything intensive, so this has budget build written all over it. He will need mobo, ram, cpu, PSU, and its probably time for a new HD.. stock cooling will be fine as i will only do a minor OC... nothing that involves increased voltages.

Video card? I'm not sure... are the onboard ones good enough? I will let you experts decide there, although he's been doing fine with an old x1800.

I want it to fit in a microATX form, so everything needs to be as tiny as possible. I'll handle finding a case..

Thanks guys, +1s for everyone who helps me with an awesome christmas surprise for my dad!
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post #2 of 18
Why not get a pre-built system? I know some of them are garbage, but it might be a good idea. I only say this, because it seems like your dad won't really do anything intensive. It might be cheaper than making a computer.

If not, I'll be happy to help make a little system.
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PSU: Cooler Master GX 450w - $45
motherboard: MSi FM2-A75MA-E35 micro-atx board -$60
CPU: AMD a6-5400k Trinity APU - $75
memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDr3 1600 -$34
hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm hard drive - $70

you got the OS covered right?

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My only concern with a pre-built is getting parts not needed.. and getting something janky..

I don't have a preference of AMD or intel.. just want something solid and cheap that can run windows 8 well (i'd prefer a good bit of ram.. but unsure what the 'standard' now is.... 4,6,8GB?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dualhYbrid View Post

My only concern with a pre-built is getting parts not needed.. and getting something janky..
I don't have a preference of AMD or intel.. just want something solid and cheap that can run windows 8 well (i'd prefer a good bit of ram.. but unsure what the 'standard' now is.... 4,6,8GB?

I'd personally use 8GB in a system at least. helps future proof it imo.
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post #6 of 18
Sounds like a prime candidate for an AMD APU system. The before mentioned A6 is probably good enough...more than enough, though you'd be surprised what the A8's and A10's are capable of (not that that the A6 is bad either)

Though I'd go with an SSD over a 1TB hard drive...if they aren't much of a power user they won't fill up much data anyway. Might as well go with a SSD.

The standard for memory is 8GB I think these days...though again...if they aren't a power user 4GB will be plenty...but memory is so cheap these days. I even have 16GB in my media machine.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/3/12 at 10:03am
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post #7 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CSCoder4ever View Post

PSU: Cooler Master GX 450w - $45
motherboard: MSi FM2-A75MA-E35 micro-atx board -$60
CPU: AMD a6-5400k Trinity APU - $75
memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (2x4GB) DDr3 1600 -$34
hard drive: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 7200rpm hard drive - $70
you got the OS covered right?
Total: $284

I see a DVI/VGA out on that motherboard... but it says no onboard video chipset?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dualhYbrid View Post

I see a DVI/VGA out on that motherboard... but it says no onboard video chipset?

that's the APU. the GPU is in the CPU. Really a lot of CPUs have been APUs for a long time. AMD just put a name to it.

The latest IGPs (integrated graphics processor) can even handle gaming decently...meaning you could game at mediumish settings with no AA at a 720p resolution without a graphics card.
Edited by Vagrant Storm - 12/3/12 at 10:22am
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post #9 of 18
I also agree with going with the APU setup. It's probably the cheapest way to go, but definitely a powerful system!
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post #10 of 18
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Awesome! Thanks guys..

in terms of silence... worth it to spend money on a passive cooler?
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