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post #1 of 8
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Building a pc for a lovely lady friend
Of course budget but she doesn't play anything intensive just stuff like minecraft and league of legends
How does this look
I figured the A6 would be fine. For those but what about other actual intensive games. Could it hold up well or should the A10 be used?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1kqQN
post #2 of 8
Not bad, but you'll want a discrete GPU. Minecraft is a surprising intensive game, and LoL isn't exactly a pushover at medium/high settings at 1080p.

The A8 in that build is probably fine. You can probably save about $75 by cutting down the RAM, PSU, mobo, and case. Will you need an optical drive?
post #3 of 8
you dont need a HDD ????
post #4 of 8
PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $532.12
Promo Discounts: -$30.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $484.11

if you would get a HDD its would be better for your build redface.gif

Hope that helped thumb.gif
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by Kokumotsu View Post

Building a pc for a lovely lady friend
Of course budget but she doesn't play anything intensive just stuff like minecraft and league of legends
How does this look
I figured the A6 would be fine. For those but what about other actual intensive games. Could it hold up well or should the A10 be used?
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1kqQN

I think that the APU's are good for an HTPC or something along those lines, maybe some really, really, light gaming, but a discreet GPU is really the way to go imho with a good quad core CPU.
Does she really want that SSD in there? You could save a handful of cash that could be added to the GPU budget, as it is easy to add an SSD a bit later. This HDD is a STEAL right now, Wester Digital Caviar Blue 1TB $59.99, it is single platter and quick. Then, add that savings to the build below, and upgrade to a 7850 2GB and you will be set.
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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

PCPartPicker part list
CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)

if you would get a HDD its would be better for your build redface.gif

Hope that helped thumb.gif

I second this build. Maybe a better cooler for that hot little Phenom though. I have a Phenom 965 paired with a Sapphire 7850 2GB and they ran BioShock Infinite on High settings with smooth FPS. I would suggest upgrading to the 2GB 7850 though, gives it a lot more future proofing and the total for the build would still be right around $500.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB $154.98

Maybe something like this. Switched to the FM2 socket and went with an Althlon 750K, the only downside of that CPU is no L3 cache, but FM2 has better options for microATX mobo's.

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lOq5
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lOq5/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1lOq5/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 00:12 EDT-0400)

Hope this helps. Cheers.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
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Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
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AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
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Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
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post #6 of 8
Must agree with him about the amd 965, I have it and its still pretty solid


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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

PCPartPicker part list

CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($90.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($49.99 @ Microcenter)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Samsung 840 Series 120GB 2.5" Solid State Disk ($89.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 450W ATX12V Power Supply ($38.18 @ Amazon)
Base Total: $532.12
Promo Discounts: -$30.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$25.00
Shipping: $6.99
Total: $484.11

if you would get a HDD its would be better for your build redface.gif

Hope that helped thumb.gif
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by boxwunder13 View Post


Maybe something like this. Switched to the FM2 socket and went with an Althlon 750K, the only downside of that CPU is no L3 cache, but FM2 has better options for microATX mobo's.


CPU: AMD Athlon II X4 750K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($56.00 @ Amazon)
Memory: Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($56.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 2GB Video Card ($154.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Case: Xion XON-560 MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($47.98 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $503.90
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-07-29 00:12 EDT-0400)

Hope this helps. Cheers.

the PSU Motherboard Case are the things i would say you got to change in that rig

PSU

its too close for a 7850 to run on a380 watts PSU

Motherboard

not a quality VRM setup (AMD+low end MSI motherboard thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif ) n there is no head room for overclocking that CPU


Case

you can get much better cases under 40$ n over 30$ thumb.gif
post #8 of 8
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Originally Posted by Tarun View Post

the PSU Motherboard Case are the things i would say you got to change in that rig

PSU

its too close for a 7850 to run on a380 watts PSU

Motherboard

not a quality VRM setup (AMD+low end MSI motherboard thumbsdownsmileyanim.gif ) n there is no head room for overclocking that CPU


Case

you can get much better cases under 40$ n over 30$ thumb.gif

In all reality, My vote is for the Phenom build with a 7850 2GB. But for the AM3 socket ATX is the way to go imo. That is why I threw that FM2 build up there, I knew the PSU was really a squeeze. I did not think that case was half bad, actually. It had some decent features for a small case and it was what I found on pcpartpicker at the time. The case selection in that price range for that size seems limited to me, combined with not scouring for them.

Which cases though?
These are as good if not better, imo.
Zalman ZM-T2
Fractal Design Core 1000
Cooler Master N200

The only somewhat odd case in that list is the Zalman, but it can fit a long GPU so it could be cool. I like Cooler Master cases though, they are solid and it would fit all the components with ease.

Or a mid tower:
Corsair 200R
Zalman Z9
Silverstone SST-RL01B
Silverstone Redline Series RL04B

That last Silverstone case is a steal on newegg.com right now.

Just trying to fix my lack of looking with some real work put in for cases. Cheers.
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FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 ASUS Sabertooth 990FX R2.0 Sapphire HD7950 Vapor-X Corsair Vengance LP (2x4GB) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOSKeyboard
Samsung 840 EVO WD Black Windows 7 x64 Logitech G105 
PowerMouse
SeaSonic X650 Fully Modular Mionix Naos 5000 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD Phenom II X4 965 BE  ASUS M5A97 Evo Sapphire Radeon 7850 HD 2GB 8GB (2x4GB) Corsair XMS3 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingCooling
Seagate Barracuda 759GB ASUS DVD-RW 24x F-2x120mm R-1x120mm 2x80mm Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO w/ Swiftech Helix 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 7 x64 Panasonic 42" Plasma Logitech K400 Antec HCG 520M 
CaseOther
Cooler Master HAF XB NZXT 5 Channel Fan Controller  
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