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Build a Mini ITX build for him!!! They're TINY, some the size of a Gamecube.

You probably won't spend more than $600 too. If you really want, PM me for suggestions if you haven't found what you want yet, as there are plenty here. Get a solid state drive in there too. Will seem MUCH faster.

This could easily be passively cooled and silent as well.
Edited by kaivorth - 5/14/13 at 6:02pm
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Originally Posted by kaivorth View Post

Build a Mini ITX build for him!!! They're TINY, some the size of a Gamecube.

You probably won't spend more than $600 too. If you really want, PM me for suggestions if you haven't found what you want yet, as there are plenty here. Get a solid state drive in there too. Will seem MUCH faster.

This could easily be passively cooled and silent as well.

WELL!!! Suggest away! tongue.gif

I would love to do a mini itx... for what he will be using it for and what he has been used to. Anything will be faster and yes... an SSD will be a MUST 100%. thumb.gif
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Okay okay give me a few, I'll edit in this post.

ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X $100
AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $70
Fractal Design Node 304 $90
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $38
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W $30
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB $180
$508 so far

Now does he need Windows, DVD Drive, Keyboard, or anything else? Aftermarket cooling I might add when I know what else he's going to need
Edited by kaivorth - 5/14/13 at 6:37pm
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Okay okay give me a few, I'll edit in this post.

ASRock FM2A85X-ITX FM2 AMD A85X $100
AMD A6-5400K Trinity 3.6GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) $70
Fractal Design Node 304 $90
G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) $38
SeaSonic SS-300ET Bronze 300W $30
SAMSUNG 840 Series MZ-7TD250BW 2.5" 250GB $180
$508 so far

Now does he need Windows, DVD Drive, Keyboard, or anything else?

Knowing him... he'll probably need a DVD drive... but I could do external. I have Win7, that I will give him from when I switched to Win8 and he has a M/K already.

Wow thanks for the suggestions. I'll present all 3 mentioned here and see what he likes.

Thanks so much guys! thumb.gif

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CPU: 280
http://www.microcenter.com/product/412675/Core_i7_3770S_31_GHz_LGA_1155_Boxed_Processor
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MOBO: 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157310

RAM: 65
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820226395

STORAGE: 130
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

PSU: 50
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817703034

CASE: 90
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811112372

This is a very efficient build with extra ram because it gives good headroom and will be more future proof. The storage drive is a mix between an ssd and a normal hdd so you get the best of both worlds. The cpu is overkill for what he's doing now but since he keeps his computers for awhile, it would be wise to get something that will last him awhile. It also has intel hd 4000 graphics instead of 2000 graphics like the one posted above so it will be smoother for watching movies and other videos.

I just noticed you changed the CPU on this one... so would I not be able to simply go with a regular 3770k? It's cheaper than the one you put on there. $229 for one.
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I just noticed you changed the CPU on this one... so would I not be able to simply go with a regular 3770k? It's cheaper than the one you put on there. $229 for one.

That is a nice processor, but WAY overkill for what it will be used for..lol
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I just noticed you changed the CPU on this one... so would I not be able to simply go with a regular 3770k? It's cheaper than the one you put on there. $229 for one.

You could but the s version is the low power version which means it will consume less power and run cooler which leads to the fan being quieter. It is overkill but would be a good investment given how long your friend keeps his computer.
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You could but the s version is the low power version which means it will consume less power and run cooler which leads to the fan being quieter. It is overkill but would be a good investment given how long your friend keeps his computer.

I don't think surfing the interwebz and playing back HD video will ever require that.... Money better spent on quiet case fans, other aftermarket cooling, or a larger SSD
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Optical($15 with promo code EMCXRWX23) - LITE-ON DVD Burner - Bulk 24X DVD+R
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Case($40 with promo code EMCXRXL26) - COOLER MASTER Elite 120 Advanced
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APU($130) - AMD A10-5800K Trinity 3.8GHz
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Total price - $490 with shipping.

*edit* throw in a good heatsink for longevity.

*edit2* I also bet he'll need a new mouse, MAYBE a new keyboard.
Edited by Alanim - 5/14/13 at 7:20pm
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Knowing him... he'll probably need a DVD drive... but I could do external. I have Win7, that I will give him from when I switched to Win8 and he has a M/K already.

Wow thanks for the suggestions. I'll present all 3 mentioned here and see what he likes.

Thanks so much guys! thumb.gif

+rep to all of you who took the time to look up stuff and put links!

Using an existing computer, you can create a bootable Windows 7/8 drive. This way, you won't need a DVD drive to load 7/8 and can use an external DVD drive for installation/burning media.

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/15458-uefi-bootable-usb-flash-drive-create-windows.html

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