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Newly wed, we finally have some spare capital to get her a badly needed upgrade.

Below is what i am thinking of using, only built 3 machines myself, so looking for something that's not overly complicated to put together. Also working with a budget around 500-600$. No preference on ATI or Nvidia card, prefer AMD boards. Looking to do at least quad core 3.0+ and plan on spending at least 175-200$ of the budget on video card.

Case - Pink ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
MotherBoard - GIGABYTE GA-78LMT-USB3 AM3+ AMD 760G HDMI USB 3.0 Micro ATX
Processor - AMD FX-4100 Zambezi 3.6GHz AM3+ 95W Quad-Core Processor
Memory - G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB)
Power Supply - COOLMAX ZX 600W ATX12V v2.2 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Ready 80 Plus
Video Card - EVGA Geforce GTX 560 2gb 256-bit

Total came to 509.75$ so dont want to add much more cost wise. Going to pirate the DVD/CD drive and Harddrive from her old machine. Arr!

Looking for feedback on general build, compatibility, and cost vs power. Thinking i might change the power supply just because i've never bought from that company before, but was a good cost 80 plus PSU.

Also curious if there are any other good pink style cases out there with window side.

Love to hear everyone's opinion of the build,
Thanks!
post #2 of 13
CPU is old - Get a 4300
MB is too old for that CPU - Get a 970 chipset board
PSU is not common and overkill, quality 550w will do
GPU is good! But power hungry, so for slightly inferior performance, get a 7770 if you wish.
     
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Depending on what she plays you could save some money and go with an A-10 5800K build. I also have the core i3 build I created for my wife in my sig if you need any ideas.

If you decide to stick with a build close to that I'd suggest going with an FX-4300 but preferably a 6300 (considered to have the best cost/performance from AMD). A good mobo is the ASUS M5A97 R2. You could also get a white NZXT Source 210/Elite and just let her spray paint it however she wants to save some money and truly make it hers. I suggest Corsair for a quality inexpensive PSU. The video card is good, you could always try to grab a cheap 7850 or 660.
Edited by black7hought - 3/24/13 at 9:04pm
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Change up the RAM. You can get DDR3-1600 for less price.
post #5 of 13
Do yo have a microcenter near your place?
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post #6 of 13
She really likes pink? There was a pink NZXT Phantom version. But it was limited edition so if you find it now it would be very expensive.

For your consideration:
$20 more on GPU, but also significantly more powerful than a 560, a Radeon 7850:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814202004

PSU: do not buy Coolmax of any model. Ever. Better PSU:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817182202
Better PSU, though for an overclocked AMD machine you may want something like a Corsair builder 500W.

Better, Faster RAM (shipping is free at us.ncix.com for orders over $100):
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57953&vpn=F3%2D12800CL9D%2D8GBXL&manufacture=G%2ESkill

Intel Core i5-3350P (P means no integrated graphics) @$180 + plus you get a $15 gift card
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116782
For gaming this will be significantly better than any non-overclocked AMD processor, and about as good as an overclocked one.

Locked Intel means cheap mobo, an MSI mATX B75 board for $57:
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74886&vpn=B75MA%2DE33&manufacture=MSI%2FMicroStar&promoid=1387

This total is significantly more, but if you re-use your old case you'll spend about as much and get a much better performing option. Consider how much your wife wants the snazzy pink looks. thumb.gif
    
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post #7 of 13
Get a phenom II instead of FX series.
When it comes to video card gtx560 is going to be better due to 256bit bus (it comes handy when playing in higher resolutions and using AA ).
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500$... Heh... Can't you go about 600$ to get a decent build for your wife? FX 6300 is recommended, get a 1866mhz CL9 RAM and Radeon HD 7850 2Gb. I would recommend to buy an aftermarket cooler and if you want to overclock get an artic cooler, 30-40$ = amazing air cooler for the price...
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AMD FX-6300 95W, 6 core, 3.5GHz - $129.99 @TigerDirect (or newegg with code)
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=4904562&CatId=7339

ASUS M5A99X EVO R2.0, 990X chipset, digi 6+2 VRM $109.99 after $20 rebate @NCIX
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76030&vpn=M5A99X%20EVO%20R2.0&manufacture=ASUS&promoid=1323

XFX 650W PRO650W Core Edition 80PLUS Bronze (Seasonic build) $72.99 @NCIX
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=59616&vpn=P1650SNLB9&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1334

Thermalright True Spirit 120M $29.95 shipped @ NansGamingGear (True Spirit 140 $39.95 if budget allows)
http://www.nansgaminggear.net/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=TS-120M

XFX 2GB Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition $160 after $20 rebate w/Never Settle Bundle @NCIX
http://us.ncix.com/products/?usaffiliateid=1000031501&sku=77602&vpn=FX-785A-CNL4&manufacture=XFX&promoid=1334
includes Tomb Raider and Bioshock download coupon

Patriot Viper 3 Red DDR3 8GB 1866MHz Dual (2x4GB) Modules PV38G186C9KRD $44.99 + $2.99 shipping
http://www.frys.com/product/7275473

Overclock the FX-6300 and pick up an SSD deal later on. The Asus M5A99X EVO lets you get add second HD7850
later on (8x/8x Crossfire).
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post #10 of 13
For a pink case... there are a few available.. but you would be better off painting one pink yourself. I've pretty much stopped including the color of a case in my decision to buy one.. more so I look at the physical aspects of it as I can change the color to be whatever I want with some sandpaper, primer and paint.
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