Alright, I'm hearing 16 year old kid so why not appeal to some adolescent sensibilities.
AMD Athlon II X3 455 3.3
Gigabyte GA-970A UD3P (this replaced original bad board a year ago by salesman recomendation)
Mushkin Silverline PC3-12800 9-9-9-24 2X4gb (father in law donation)
Radeon 6700 1 gb video card
Antec 500w ps
Antec Illusion 300 case
I reused the cd rom drive in the new machine. This machine was built at Christmas 2011 or 2012 I think.
The 16 yr old has Windows 8, and that is all.
Another friend will sell his evga 780 super clocked for a good price, but I know it will need a bigger ps and probably case.
if I'm up to speed on where the budget is you have $750 - ~$150 for gpu leaving $600 for a new cpu, psu, cooler, storage, monitor(s) keyboard, mouse, probably headset for good measure.cpu
your best bet is probably an FX-6300 or FX-8320. I've seen the 6300 for as low as $97 on amazon so we'll go with that for now: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=fx-6300
I'd grab somewhere in the 550-650 range. I like the xfx ts series http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817207034&cm_re=xfx_ts_650w-_-17-207-034-_-Product
. If you want to shop around though there's a great thread for helping you find a quality psu in your budget on the site: http://www.overclock.net/t/183810/faq-recommended-power-supplies
. you can just scroll down to the wattage you want and start googling psu's until you find one that fits the budget. Assuming you stick with my recommendation we'll call what you spent $80.
assuming you still have all your hardware (sata cables, screws, etc.) I'd just grab a cheap bare drive either a Western Digital Blue or a Seagate Barracuda, aim for 7200rpm and 500gb-1TB storage. Usually you can grab a good deal on a refurbished drive like this one http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178366&cm_re=bare_hdd-_-22-178-366-_-Product
well go ahead and assumed you dropped $45 because that's about standard price range if you shop for a deal, idk if you have qualms about buying refurbished because I know some people do.
Now at this point I think it's important to take into account who this is for. Assuming this kid is your basic user (and since you're building this and not him I'm guessing that's a safe bet) and a 16 year old guy you might as well go for the wow factor over silence and benchmarks. He's going to notice 1. how well games look/perform. 2. How cool it looks 3. how well it handles everything else. game performance is a check with your current cpu/gpu setup but for him to notice peripherals are big.Monitor:
For now, since this is a budget build, I'd probably go with a monitor somewhere in the 19" - 22" range. He can always get a better/bigger one later on and it'll be a simple upgrade he can handle himself. The important things to remember if you want to shop around yourself are 1920x1080 resolution (full HD), latency ~5ms, and 60hz or better (to get that full 60fps experience). this one is pretty popular and decently priced : http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824009316
Keyboard: Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse ($27.99 @ NCIX US)
is a pretty good deal, you can check on amazon and find multiple backlight colors so he can pick out the one he wants. I'd probably throw a headset in just for practical purposes if he's gaming, I have this set: http://www.amazon.com/SA-708-Stereo-Headphone-Headset-Microphone/dp/B00DU2CHE2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437236632&sr=8-1&keywords=headset
. Normally I'm against cheap headphones but I've had this set for coming up on a year and they still work fine and the sound/mic quality is definitely on par for the price range. Headset+keyboard+mouse 18+28 = $46 for i/o hardware.
That leaves you $210 of budget to play with, upgrades that I'd probably suggest given the end user include:
- an aftermarket cpu cooler. He'll probably be fine with the stock one but it will be louder and less effective than an aftermarket. most popular is probably Cooler Master Hyper 212 Evo ~$35 dollars
- basic speakers
- A small ssd to run os off of (this would probably be my first choice of upgrade as he'll notice huge differences in boot speed and basic applications) You can get a 120gb Sandisk ssd on amazon for 50 bucks. http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007ZW2LY4/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1437237351&sr=8-1&keywords=sandisk+128gb+ssd&condition=new I think with that case you'll need a 2.5 to 3.5 bracket for it to fit, but those are like 10-15 dollars.
- Potentially letting him pick out a new case so it looks how he wants, as an ex-teenage guy I'm willing to bed he'll appreciate the bling factor. on a related note led case fans run like $8-$15 a pop and will also add visual flair that's good bang for your buck.
- another 2x4gb ram kit in case he wants to do streaming/photoshop/video editing/etc.
- or upgrades to any of the above parts: better keyboard/mouse/headset, larger monitor, bigger hdd, etc.
If i were you I'd talk to him about what he's looking to do and based off his input go from there, but I think that's a pretty solid framework to work in that'll leave him happy when it's all said and doneEdited by beowin - 7/18/15 at 10:09am