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post #1 of 5
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Hi everyone,I am looking for some upgrading parts for a friend pc and was wondering what Intel had for the follow areas CPU+MOBO+RAM. Budget is $300. Thanks!

Ordering straight from Amazon.

Options I am thinking 1150, 1151, or AM3+
Edited by ITAngel - 5/28/16 at 11:32pm
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post #2 of 5
Your friend should stretch his budget a little as an Intel setup is just about within reach. Though as much as I like Amazon, it's not the best place for computer combo deals. NewEgg always wins out on that one.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.2938747

Will have to buy your own CPU cooler or use an existing one i.e. CM 212X/Evo or whatever.
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post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 
Nice set but the issue is I have 2 day free shipping and cheap 1 day shipping there. He needs his system asap so paying more with Newegg will not work. I am looking to have this by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest.

So far I was able to build 2 system at $300 with the i3-6100 and the i5-6400. Not bad system with higher hardware but I am still checking to see what i can put together. He is a college student and work mainly part time so money is pretty tight.

I would mention that to him though so we will see. biggrin.gif
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post #4 of 5
College students get a 1-year free access to NewEgg premiere which gives him access to 3 day expedited shipping or faster on select items labeled with the Premiere logo, though the combo I posted doesn't seem to offer premiere as I do not see it attached to the combo.
Quote:
FREE YEAR OF NEWEGG PREMIER
Students at qualifying educational institutions can receive a FREE year of Newegg Premier membership.

http://promotions.newegg.com/nepro/15-4495/index.html

It's something to think about, paying more for less doesn't make sense on to me if you're going the Amazon route. If he rather pays more for the same or similar setup on Amazon that's up to him. The same setup on Amazon is currently $423 with prime shipping selected. Patience is key if you're on a tight budget and as he wants an upgrade and already has a working system, waiting a few extra days isn't going to hurt unless he goes to college so far away that you will not be able to upgrade it in time for him. We live in the world of "I want it now mentality" but that requires that you pay a premium.

There's almost no point of going AMD unless you're super broke on a super low-end budget. AMD has been lagging lately in the CPU/GPU performance under new leadership. Their hyped up HBM and Fury X have been disappointing. With reports of the ATI or rather RTG (Radeon Technology Group) wanting to break away from AMD doesn't look promising that their CPU division will do any better. I'm not bashing on AMD, just telling it how it is.

Depending on what your friend already has as a current system, going AMD seems more like a side-grade or downgrade than an upgrade. Even Sandybridge's performance is still better than AMD and it was released in 2011 (5 years ago). Only real reason to build Skylake is because of availability and newer motherboard features. You're not going to find new Sandybridge setups for sale though.

Your friend has a lot of thinking to do.
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Windows 8.1 & 10 Dell UltraSharp 2913WM 21:9 2560x1080 Ducky Shine 4, CODE WASD, Deck Legend, G710+ EVGA SuperNova G2 850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Samsung 950 Pro M.2 512GB  Crucial BX100 250 GB SanDisk SSDPlus 240 GB NZXT Kraken X61  
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
Windows 8.1 & 10 Dell UltraSharp 2913WM 21:9 2560x1080 Ducky Shine 4, CODE WASD, Deck Legend, G710+ EVGA SuperNova G2 850W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Phanteks Enthoo Evolv ATX Mid-Tower Ducky Secret SteelSeries Fostex Purple Heart TH-X00 
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AKG K553 Pro, Philips SHP9500, Superlux 668B, S... 
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post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks! I will let him know we may just do a small Skylake build for now as his funding is very limited. Currently stuck with the $300.00 since it ok him about 2 weeks to get an extra $50. Other than that I will continue looking in Amazon see what I can put together with such budget to get him up and running. He is only running a R360 GPU with a 1TB HDD so nothing fancy.
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AMD Threadripper 1920X ASRock Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming PowerColor VEGA 64 Corsair Vengance RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Vengance RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR... SAMSUNG EVO 850 3TB Seagate HDD EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-XRES 100 Revo EK-CoolStream PE 360 (Triple) (Bundle Package)  EK D5 PWM (Bundle Package) EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Double) 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK-FC Radeon Vega Windows 10 HP OMEN 25" FHD 144Hz HP OMEN 25" FHD 144Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gam... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1, 80+ BRONZE 750W Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gami... 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Generic Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (1st GENERATION) ...  Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Focurite Scarlett CM25 Mic 
Audio
Focurite Scarlett Studio HP60 
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AMD Threadripper 1920X ASRock Fatal1ty X399 Professional Gaming PowerColor VEGA 64 Corsair Vengance RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR... 
RAMHard DriveHard DriveCooling
Corsair Vengance RGB 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR... SAMSUNG EVO 850 3TB Seagate HDD EK-Supremacy EVO Threadripper Edition 
CoolingCoolingCoolingCooling
EK-XRES 100 Revo EK-CoolStream PE 360 (Triple) (Bundle Package)  EK D5 PWM (Bundle Package) EK-CoolStream PE 240 (Double) 
CoolingOSMonitorMonitor
EK-FC Radeon Vega Windows 10 HP OMEN 25" FHD 144Hz HP OMEN 25" FHD 144Hz 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G910 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gam... EVGA SuperNOVA 750 B1, 80+ BRONZE 750W Phanteks Enthoo Evolv Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB Tunable Gami... 
Mouse PadAudioAudioAudio
Generic Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Studio (1st GENERATION) ...  Logitech G933 Artemis Spectrum Focurite Scarlett CM25 Mic 
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Focurite Scarlett Studio HP60 
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