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post #1 of 27
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Hi guys,

So my girlfriend has told me that she'd like to upgrade her pc so we're putting a new build together.

It'll be mainly for her studies and some programming and then light gaming eg WoW, Guild Wars 2 and watching series. She doesn't care too much about graphics and just wants to game with me redface.gif

We live in South Africa so I purchase parts through WootWare and LandMarkPC so I'd like to keep the build around R6 000 (~$630 USD)

I've put this rough list together to keep it cheap and effective but I welcome any upgrades/changes to maximize my funds.


Chassis - Bitfenix Prodigy
CPU - Intel i3 3210
Motherboard - MSI H77MA-G43
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x2GB LP
GPU - Asus HD6570 1GB
PSU - Corsair CX500 500W
HDD - Western Digital Blue 1TB
Optical drive - LG GH24NS90

Total price is currently R5 962.98.

Thanks
Edited by DuckKnuckle - 5/20/13 at 3:41am
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post #2 of 27
The one big problem I see with your part list is that the BitFenix Prodigy only accepts Mini-ITX motherboards, while the MSI H77MA-G43 is a larger Micro-ATX board.

Either you need a bigger mATX or ATX case for the motherboard you picked, or an mITX motherboard such as the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI instead.
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post #3 of 27
An APU could be a good choice here.
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post #4 of 27
Thread Starter 
Swopping out the motherboard for the Gigabyte GA-H77N-WIFI bumps up the price to ~R6 500 so I'm happy to bend that way.
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post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by DuckKnuckle View Post

Hi guys,

So my girlfriend has told me that she'd like to upgrade her pc so we're putting a new build together.

It'll be mainly for her studies and some programming and then light gaming eg WoW, Guild Wars 2 and watching series. She doesn't care too much about graphics and just wants to game with me redface.gif

We live in South Africa so I purchase parts through WootWare and LandMarkPC so I'd like to keep the build around R6 000 (~$630 USD)

I've put this rough list together to keep it cheap and effective but I welcome any upgrades/changes to maximize my funds.


Chassis - Bitfenix Prodigy
CPU - Intel i3 3210
Motherboard - MSI H77MA-G43
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x2GB LP
GPU - Asus HD6570 1GB
PSU - Corsair CX500 500W
HDD - Western Digital Blue 1TB
Optical drive - LG GH24NS90

Total price is currently R5 962.98.

Thanks

You mentioned upgrade. Is there anything that can be carried over from the current pc (memory, PSU, etc)? That may help save a few coin.
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An APU could be a good choice here.

That is definitely a viable option with the games y'all play.
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post #7 of 27
Thread Starter 
So are you saying it's better to leave out the gpu in the build and use the CPU instead?
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post #8 of 27
The A10-5800k GPU is faster than the 6570 that's for sure.
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post #9 of 27
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Awesome then that drops the total price to R5 400. Thank you much appreciated
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post #10 of 27
You could also wait for haswell. The haswell i3 version of the 3225 will have the newer on board GPU which is supposed to be on par with the APU, but the nice thing is that the CPU portion of the chip will outperform the APU cpu.
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