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Western Digital® Mobile Blue 500GB
ASUS P8B75-M, Socket-1155
Corsair XMS3 DDR3 1600MHz 4GB CL9
Lite-On DVD±RW Writer, iHAS124
Logitech Gaming Keyboard G105
CM Storm Xornet Gaming Mouse
Intel® Core i3-2120 Processor
Corsair CX 430W PSU
Corsair Carbide 300R Midi Tower
Gainward GeForce GTX 650 1GB
Philips 23" LED 236V3LSB6/00
SteelSeries QcK mousemat


How is this build for a budget gamer? If I can swap any of the parts out with cheaper ones, I'll do it. It's a birthday gift for my 12 year old cousin, and he doesn't really play anything more demanding than Minecraft. Can I get away with picking a cheaper CPU or GPU? I'm not the one paying, but I have to assemble it for my uncle, but it still has to be as cheap as possible.

Lastly, does everything work with one another?

Thanks for any of your responses.
 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
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[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
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[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
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[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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post #2 of 10
Minecraft is not intensive so probably. Why not an AMD APU for serious power efficiency?
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by xd_1771 View Post

Minecraft is not intensive so probably. Why not an AMD APU for serious power efficiency?

I've always had bad experiences with AMD, and haven't been told otherwise. I prefer just sticking to what I know.

But I want him to be able to use the same computer for a long time. Still, would it be better to go with a 640 instead of 650?
 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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post #4 of 10
I tend to agree with the AMD idea. It is cheaper to go the AMD route when it comes to budget, that's what my second and third builds were until I made the switch to Intel for my sig rig. Not that anything is wrong with what you have, it looks like a great setup for a 12 year old with room to grow. If your uncle is concerned about price you also have to factor cost vs performance, sometimes very little amounts can make or break it.
post #5 of 10
Change the gpu to hd 7770 instead, gtx 650 non ti version is not worth it imo ! and both are similarly priced !

moreover if you want to save some money you can even go for hd 7750 with a very cost effective and power efficient casual gaming gpu and costs less too !
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by ghost_z View Post

Change the gpu to hd 7770 instead, gtx 650 non ti version is not worth it imo ! and both are similarly priced !
moreover if you want to save some money you can even go for hd 7750 with a very cost effective and power efficient casual gaming gpu and costs less too !

Actually thought about going 77xx series GPU, so thanks!

Which AMD cpu would you recommend then? For a budget CPU to go with a GPU equivalent to something like a 650 or 7770?
 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
AudioOther
[Fiio] E7 [Phobya] Touch 6 Fan Controller 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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[Fiio] E7 [Phobya] Touch 6 Fan Controller 
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post #7 of 10
Well for cpu stick with intel i3, no amd processor at that budget beats i3 in general, if you can go for 3rd gen i3 with that b75 chipset mobo, for instance how about i3 3220 !
post #8 of 10
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Another question, would any other motherboard be better in that price range? When he's not going to be any overclocking at all, and there's going to be a stock cooler on it, would that motherboard not be sufficient?
 
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Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
AudioOther
[Fiio] E7 [Phobya] Touch 6 Fan Controller 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Core i5 (4. Gen) 4210U / 1.7 GHz NVIDIA GeForce 840M - 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1600Mhz 8GB SSHD 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Yes great 10mm coolers everywhere at max speed Windows 8 15,6" 
Keyboard
The Lenovo one 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
[Intel] i5 2500k 4.5Ghz @ 1.35V [ASUS] Z77 TUF [Gainward] GTX 670 [Corsair] Vengeance 2x4GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveCoolingCooling
[Samsung] 830 SSD 128GB [Seagate] Barracuda® 1TB [XSPC] Raystorm CPU Block Aerocool 200mm White Case Fan 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[EK] 1/4" Fittings [EK] DDC X-Res CSQ Top/Res combo [Laing] DDC-3 10W Pump [XSPC] Razor Block + Backplate 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
[XSPC] 1/4" White Tubing [HW Labs] GTS 360 Lite Rad [Corsair] 3x SP120 Quiet Edition Rad Fans [Corsair] 1x AF120 Quiet Edition Case Fan 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
[Windows] 8 64-bit [Philips] 27E LSB [Corsair] Vengeance K90 [OCZ] 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
[Corsair] 600t SE [Corsair] M90 [Cooler Master] Storm XL Mousepad [Beyerdynamic] DT990 Pro 250Ohm 
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[Fiio] E7 [Phobya] Touch 6 Fan Controller 
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post #9 of 10

The point of my APU suggestion was to tout the integrated graphics. The total power of the A10 would be more than enough for most Minecraft players because Minecraft isn't intensive. The A10-5700 power efficiency will be superior to the i3 3220 in all-around performance with Minecraft - and that's the i3 without a dedicated GPU.

post #10 of 10
For $5 more, you can get the FX-6300 and it stomp all over the i3 in damn near everything. Pair that with an AsRock Extreme 3 and your ready for 4.5Ghz +

FX-6300 $130

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4904562&CatId=7339

AsRock 970 Extreme 3

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157280&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-NA-_-NA

A Radeon 7770 will easily outperform a 650 and cost just a bit more.

http://www.anandtech.com/bench/Product/536?vs=681
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