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Over the holidays the Wife and I visited a good friend who introduced me to the PC gaming world, and over the course of the night I found her playing Black Ops on my buddies rig! So, on the ride home, we talked and I asked her if she enjoyed playing on the computer. She said she loved it and secretly wanted a gaming computer of her own. I even caught her looking at Alienware systems the other night...so I decided I'd build her one.

She told me she didn't care about raw performance, as long as it played games ok...

Let me know what you think...



UPDATE: Ok, so I've added/deleted a few things, and I believe this well suit her well. Remember, she's not going to be doing any hardcore gaming and doesn't need anything too high powered. There will be no overclocking on this rig. Oh, and I removed the HDD cause I found a spare 500GB...
Edited by Phyxers - 1/3/11 at 9:02pm
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I'd go for the GTX 460 768MB for only a little more. It's quite a bit better and overclocks like nuts.
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post #3 of 43
Looks pretty descent. One question though: What resolution will she be gaming at? The 450 will be pretty slow at higher resolutions. Also that Athlon x3 might be a bit of a bottleneck if you are gaming at a larger resolution.

Another option is to wait for Sandy Bridge . . .

EDIT: As Auto said a 460 would be better . . . New Egg also has a 5870 for ~$230 - ~$30 MIR = $200 +$1.99 to ship http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-883-_-Product
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post #4 of 43
looks like its a bit much for the case, but everything else looks good. Personally, i would get a cheaper case and a 1Gb or 768Mb 460 instead.
    
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Case is waste of the budget..go with an Antec 300 or something and up budget on other parts
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post #6 of 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phyxers View Post
Over the holidays the Wife and I visited a good friend who introduced me to the PC gaming world, and over the course of the night I found her playing Black Ops on my buddies rig! So, on the ride home, we talked and I asked her if she enjoyed playing on the computer. She said she loved it and secretly wanted a gaming computer of her own. I even caught her looking at Alienware systems the other night...so I decided I'd build her one.

She told me she didn't care about raw performance, as long as it played games ok...

Let me know what you think...

Dude, come on... This is your golden opportunity to build yourself a new rig and give her your old one!
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Get the 1tb samsung drive its faster and cheaper.
    
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Dude, come on... This is your golden opportunity to build yourself a new rig and give her your old one!
Yup
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I'd go for the GTX 460 768MB for only a little more. It's quite a bit better and overclocks like nuts.
Hmm, I'll see if I can kick out a little bit more cash...

Quote:
Originally Posted by AtomicFrost View Post
Looks pretty descent. One question though: What resolution will she be gaming at? The 450 will be pretty slow at higher resolutions. Also that Athlon x3 might be a bit of a bottleneck if you are gaming at a larger resolution.

Another option is to wait for Sandy Bridge . . .

EDIT: As Auto said a 460 would be better . . . New Egg also has a 5870 for ~$230 - ~$30 MIR = $200 +$1.99 to ship http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-883-_-Product
Well, she's used to console gaming so I would say no higher than 1280x720 she's not very picky...

And I'd probably spend most of my time on her rig if I got her a sandy bridge setup...
post #10 of 43
I'd go for a cheaper case something in the sub 70 bucks range and invest more in the graphics department like a 460 as many suggested.
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