PC for a friend

criss_glitch666

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So I was asked to build a system for a friend. Her budget is $800. I'm giving her my 4890 since it's just laying around here. I had mentioned that this 4890 has been used for approximately 3 years, and I am unsure of the life left in it. She says she'll take it. So my question is... could you please help me out in choosing parts? I like the FX-6100 system I built for my mom, plus AMD is always cheaper. I also want to incorporate a 120GB SSD and at least a 500GB if possible within that budget. She would prefer it be a blue theme if possible. She does not need a monitor, keyboard, mouse or OS.

Parts needed:

PSU
Case
Motherboard
CPU
DVD Drive
Memory
HDD, SSD
CPU Cooler (if possible within budget)

Thank you for taking the time to give this a read and help me out! All input is appreciated. As always I am thankful for this community! PureOC FTW! :D
 

Rosco

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For a case I was going to recommend the Antec 300 Illusion. Its only $70 delivered at the egg right now. It comes with four fans, has reasonable cable management and is solidly built. The front has a pretty good filter wich is fairly easy to access. Considering all the fans I think it a good deal and not too gaudy like the 900.

Then again, there is a NZXT Source 210 for $45 delivered that is externally prettier (imo, there is black and white versions, the later seems to be all the rage lately), is painted on the inside, and looks to have better cable management. That seems like a steal to me. I kinda wish I needed another case! The only draw back is it only comes with 1 fan, but with the savings over the 300 you could buy 2 or 3 fans and have a better case.

Does anyone else think cases seem to have gotten a lot better and cheaper the last year or two?

FWIW, I just got a Corsair PSU and I really like it. Also, the mainstream Intel chips hardly need an after-market cooler unless she is going for big OC. What you save on cooler can help get her a better cpu.

I just put together a system for $780 on newegg to see:

Intel i5 2400 cpu
Intel P67 mobo
16gb kingston hyperx 1333 ram
Intel 320 series 80gb ssd
Western digital 1tb hdd
Corsair tx750 psu
NZXT Source 210 case
DVD drive

Add your vid card and she would be rolling for a while. Those are some high quality parts, but if you don't like the brands there are tons of subs around same prices.
 

criss_glitch666

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Intel i5 2400 cpu
Intel P67 mobo
16gb kingston hyperx 1333 ram
Intel 320 series 80gb ssd
Western digital 1tb hdd
Corsair tx750 psu
NZXT Source 210 case
DVD drive
Wow.. I figured an i5 would end up being too much in the end. Guess not. Although she could save a few bucks by going with 8GB RAM instead of 16GB. Thanks a lot! Maybe send me that newegg list?
 

Drdeath

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For a case I was going to recommend the Antec 300 Illusion. Its only $70 delivered at the egg right now. It comes with four fans, has reasonable cable management and is solidly built. The front has a pretty good filter wich is fairly easy to access. Considering all the fans I think it a good deal and not too gaudy like the 900.

Then again, there is a NZXT Source 210 for $45 delivered that is externally prettier (imo, there is black and white versions, the later seems to be all the rage lately), is painted on the inside, and looks to have better cable management. That seems like a steal to me. I kinda wish I needed another case! The only draw back is it only comes with 1 fan, but with the savings over the 300 you could buy 2 or 3 fans and have a better case.

Does anyone else think cases seem to have gotten a lot better and cheaper the last year or two?



FWIW, I just got a Corsair PSU and I really like it. Also, the mainstream Intel chips hardly need an after-market cooler unless she is going for big OC. What you save on cooler can help get her a better cpu.

I just put together a system for $780 on newegg to see:

Intel i5 2400 cpu
Intel P67 mobo
16gb kingston hyperx 1333 ram
Intel 320 series 80gb ssd
Western digital 1tb hdd
Corsair tx750 psu
NZXT Source 210 case
DVD drive

Add your vid card and she would be rolling for a while. Those are some high quality parts, but if you don't like the brands there are tons of subs around same prices.

P67 motherboards are ancient. Z68's are better. 1333MHz is wrong. You can get 1600MHZ memory for cheap. The 2400 is a dog(2500K is cheap nowaday), the Antec 300 is only $30 more, 120G SSD's are $150'ish and better performance than a 80G and he is building a AMD rig. The FX-6100 or 1090T is a better choice(2500K would be a better one).
 
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Rosco

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Wow.. I figured an i5 would end up being too much in the end. Guess not. Although she could save a few bucks by going with 8GB RAM instead of 16GB. Thanks a lot! Maybe send me that newegg list?

I'm sorry, I didn't save it. It wasn't anything special though, just picked those parts from lists by narrowing search. The names should get you there. Yep, she could save $40 going with 8GB of RAM. Could take that savings and the remaining budget and get her an unlocked CPU...or just pocket it...not your pocket...hers.

If you trimmed a little on each component you could easily knock $100 off that price. A 500GB hdd was like $20 less, a $80 mobo instead of that one which was $100 would save $20 more, $40 on the RAM reduction, $20 on a 60GB SDD instead of 80GB, $20 more getting a 650w PSU, etc. It adds up quick.

Then again, I bet the original build would be relevant a little while longer which might make up for the extra $. Its pretty much what I have for the moment - the gfx you are giving her is even better - and it runs games ok at 1920x1200.

What will she use it for anyway? I really should have asked that first...might make a difference.
 

Drdeath

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Total $628
 

Rosco

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P67 motherboards are ancient. Z68's are better. 1333MHz is wrong. You can get 1600MHZ memory for cheap. The 2400 is a dog(2500K is cheap nowaday), the Antec 300 is only $30 more, 120G SSD's are $150'ish and better performance than a 80G and he is building a AMD rig. The FX-6100 or 1090T is a better choice(2500K would be a better one).

I guess it depends on what she wants it to do and how much she wants to stick to that budget. Z68's more feature rich but slightly more expensive. You can get 1600MHZ RAM for same price if you keep an eye out, I was just picking what came up first from a company I liked. The SSD speed thing is true, but the budget is starting to hurt. You can spend more on the 2500K but it hardly goes faster unless she is into OC'ing it. IDK about the AMD angle, I haven't heard much good about them in a while outside of gfx. You can definitely save money and get the better other stuff if you go AMD. Do a llittle research and have fun shopping with someone elses money!
 

PC_User

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P67 motherboards are ancient. Z68's are better. 1333MHz is wrong. You can get 1600MHZ memory for cheap. The 2400 is a dog(2500K is cheap nowaday), the Antec 300 is only $30 more, 120G SSD's are $150'ish and better performance than a 80G and he is building a AMD rig. The FX-6100 or 1090T is a better choice(2500K would be a better one).
what will a z68 do a P67 cant?
 

Rosco

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what will a z68 do a P67 cant?

Support for greater than 2.2 TB HDD RAID configurations Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.

The Intel Z68 Express Chipset is the first product to enable performance tuning with access to the built-in visual features of 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel’s built-in hardware acceleration in all 2nd generation Intel Core processors, delivers astonishing video transcoding performance, enabling your PC to edit, burn, and share your content faster—without the need for add-in hardware. In addition, Intel® InTru™ 3D delivers 3D movie playback without hesitation or interruption.

Neither would matter to me...but it is true the z68 is more advanced.
 

Drdeath

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Support for greater than 2.2 TB HDD RAID configurations Support for external SATA (eSATA) enables the full SATA interface speed outside the chassis, up to 3 Gb/s.

The Intel Z68 Express Chipset is the first product to enable performance tuning with access to the built-in visual features of 2nd generation Intel Core processors. Intel® Quick Sync Video, Intel’s built-in hardware acceleration in all 2nd generation Intel Core processors, delivers astonishing video transcoding performance, enabling your PC to edit, burn, and share your content faster—without the need for add-in hardware. In addition, Intel® InTru™ 3D delivers 3D movie playback without hesitation or interruption.



Neither would matter to me...but it is true the z68 is more advanced.

The new Z68's will support PCIE 3.0 for Ivybridge too.
 
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