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post #1 of 24
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Hello everyone,

I am building a computer for my girlfriend soon, we may even go shopping later today for a case and a few others things at Micro Center. I was just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for decent combos of graphics cards/motherboards/processors for a smaller computer. I have honestly not built anything cheaper than about $1000 myself and am not entirely sure where all I should cut corners.

So far I am thinking a AMD build, realistically she will be playing minecraft.... maybe some FB games... and doing work stuff. I have copies of Windows, Office etc to put on her computer so I don't really worry about that. I don't think I will bother with solid state either on hers. Probably just 2 500gb hard drives, 8gb of memory, a 1GB (maybe 2GB price depending) GPU, a dvd burner and that's about all. Also foregoing the liquid cooling and just going to do some extra fan cases and a big processor fan I think.

Ultimate goal is around $500 but I also want to make sure I don't have to upgrade it for a few years for her. I am leaning toward a FX-6100 or 4100 for the processor, my only real focus honestly is the motherboard, I can always upgrade parts later on. I just want to make sure I start with a decent base and I don't have much experience in quality but low end motherboards.

Thanks guys!
post #2 of 24
First off let's talk about what you can get with your budget of $500.
  • 8gb of decent ram will cost (at a low estimate) around $50
  • 2 500gb HDDs will probably end up costing at least $120 if they're new.
  • A 1gb GPU will probably end up costing around $150 if you want to give her a partially modest one.
  • A motherboard will cost at least $80
  • A case will probably be around $40 , may I suggest the Rosewill challenger?
  • A PSU will cost at least $50
  • An fx 4100 is around $100 I believe
  • A burner is about $20
  • This brings us to approximately 500, but do you need a monitor?
post #3 of 24
Try to get a FX6300, it's worth the extra money.

For the mobo, you can just buy a $80 mobo, but if you want To overclock then get a Gigabyte 970A UD3 since it has a 8+2 power phase which can deliver lots of power. There are other high power phase motherboards out there, but The gigabyte is the cheapest at the moment.

Gpu wise, get a 7770 for around $100, a 7870 or 660 for around $200, or wait for the new cards.
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Originally Posted by LlamaMaster View Post

Hello everyone,

Ultimate goal is around $500 but I also want to make sure I don't have to upgrade it for a few years for her. I am leaning toward a FX-6100 or 4100 for the processor, my only real focus honestly is the motherboard, I can always upgrade parts later on. I just want to make sure I start with a decent base and I don't have much experience in quality but low end motherboards.

Thanks guys!

A low end mobo isn't necessarily a good thing to get
post #5 of 24
If she isn't going to be doing any heavy gaming, I would seriously consider an AMD APU instead. Its plenty for light gaming / general computer use and that way you won't need to buy a GPU (at least until later).
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post #6 of 24
Agreed. An AMD APU would be the best choice for this situation. Seeing as she wont be playing any games or doing anything that really is in need of a dedicated GPU. If this changes then one can be added at that time.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113280 - $129. saves at least $100 for the build overall with not having to buy a dedicated graphics card.
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post #7 of 24
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Monitor is not needed I am giving her my old one prior to upgrading to my duel setup. I was looking at the Gigabyte motherboards (thats what I have) and will likely go that route. I was looking at the 970A D3, do you think it's worth the extra $25 for the 970A UD3? She won't really be moving the computer around or getting into it herself at all so I wasn't sure if it was worth that extra. Not that it's a lot but that's $25 that could be put toward a better graphics card or something.

There is actually a open box FX6300 at microcenter right now that might be worth checking out for $95, someone probably just bought the wrong thing or something. I may go pick those up later. Any suggestions for brands on memory or HDD? I always go seagate for the platter drives and RAM I've never really bothered getting too in depth for basic builds. I know what's bad obviously but I don't know what is good for the price.
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If she isn't going to be doing any heavy gaming, I would seriously consider an AMD APU instead. Its plenty for light gaming / general computer use and that way you won't need to buy a GPU (at least until later).

I did look at that option but I know she loves Minecraft, and I am to blame on that one so I have to man up haha. My laptop has far less ability than her desktop would but it has a 1GB dedicated card in it and it can play Minecraft great on high quality graphics. I figured this way she can also have the ability to do 2 monitors if she wanted with a dedicated graphics card, she loves mine and she has 2 at work so she might buy another one sometime to do a duel setup.

I was thinking
http://microcenter.com/product/401797/FX_6300_Black_Edition_35GHz_Six-Core_Socket_AM3_Boxed_Processor

And just something simple like
http://microcenter.com/product/412285/GV-N210D3-1GI_NVIDIA_GeForce_210_1024MB_DDR3_PCIe_20_x16_Video_Card

To free up some of the processor ability and this way get her a duel link DVI
post #9 of 24
Dont get a gt210, you ar emuch better off getting an amd apu instead. The ud3 is only needed if you ppan to overclock a lot, and i think you can get by just using the d3.

I recommand the 7770 or the gtx650 ti boost, if you get anything lower Than that you might as Well get an apu to save some dosh.
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post #10 of 24
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Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB View Post

The ud3 is only needed if you ppan to overclock a lot, and i think you can get by just using the d3..

0 plans of that unless she gets really bored some day and decides to learn how to do it herself.
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