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Build Advice My 12yr old wants to build a PC

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ChetUbetcha, 2 Apr 2013.

  1. ChetUbetcha

    ChetUbetcha What's a Dremel?

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    My son has picked out a list of items to build his own gaming PC. What are your thoughts, opinions, suggestions, etc.?

    • AMD FX 4100 4-Core Processor, 3.6 4 Socket AM3+ FD4100WMGUSBX
    • Corsair CX750 Builder Series ATX 80 PLUS Bronze Certified Power Supply
    • Gigabyte AMD 760G + SB710 Chipset DDR3 1333 AM3+ Micro ATX Motherboard (GA-78LMT-
      S2P)
    • Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory (CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10)
    • NZXT Guardian Black SECC Steel Chassis ATX Mid Tower Case 921RB-BL

    I remember seeing an awesome build guide on here years ago, but can't find anything up to date. He has around $400 to spend, but if you go over that cost with your feedback it's understandable. He wants something to play games like Call of Duty and other hi res games.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
     
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    Go FM2. It's got a better GPU than the 760G, the PCH is better and the boards are just as inexpensive. You really don't need 16GB of memory or a massive 750W PSU with such a basic build.

    What about monitor/keyboard/mouse/storage?

    $75 A6-5600K http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819113282
    $65 ASUS F2A55-M LK PLUS http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131885
    $57 8GB 1600MHz memory
    $37 Seasonic 300W 80Plus Bronze PSU http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151085
    $60 500GB 7200RPM HDD http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299
    $38 Fractal Core 1000 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811352009

    Even that is still $332 before monitor/keyboard/mouse.

    Things you can drop:
    Lose the case - use the motherboard box for now. He'll want to play with it anyway.
    4GB of memory instead of 8GB
    Cheaper APU saves about $10, but you lose on graphics performance.
     
  4. ChetUbetcha

    ChetUbetcha What's a Dremel?

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    Thanks for the feedback so far! I'm looking into these items and trying to find them or other comparable items on Amazon since I have a Prime account (free shipping). He is so excited to build his own PC.
     
  5. GeorgeStorm

    GeorgeStorm Aggressive PC Builder

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    +1 to the FM2.

    If he doesn't plan on putting in a dedicated gpu anytime soon, then I'd be tempted to get the 5800k to get the most oomph out of the box :)
     
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    Also, get him to do a log of it on here, so we can all be nice and lovely and sweeter than sugar.
     
  7. Parge

    Parge the worst Super Moderator

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    Err, have to disagree - I'd definitely get a case - maybe go for something cheaper? The Fractal Design Core 1000 is only $37 on newegg. It looks cool and it stops 12 year old fingers from breaking delicate components.

    4GB of RAM will be enough - 16GB is total overkill. (just make sure you get 1x4GB stick so you leave yourself room for future upgrades)

    That power supply is also total overkill. The Corsair Builder Series CX500 is only $40 after rebate (Newegg again). Get that instead.

    If gaming is a priority, I'd just get a Pentium G8xx series chip ($60 on newegg), a cheap 1155 motherboard (something like the ASUS P8H61-M LX3 - $60) and then something like the Radeon 7770 for $120 (newegg)

    That comes to about $350, then just add a HDD
     
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    Shirty W*nker! Super Moderator

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    The lads are spot on. Although RAM is cheap, 4GB is plenty unless you are doing serious multitasking or image/video/audio editing.
     
  9. ChetUbetcha

    ChetUbetcha What's a Dremel?

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    I looked at everything all of you shared and came up with this:


    $293.05 with Amazon Prime free shipping and handling - delivered by Wednesday if I order in the next few hours. We'll use an old keyboard/mouse and I have leftover flat screens.

    What do you think?
     
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    ChetUbetcha What's a Dremel?

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    So why are you saying to get 2 sticks? 1 stick of 4GB would leave 1 space open for upgrade. Added a HDD (Western Digital Caviar Blue 500 GB SATA III 7200 RPM 16 MB Cache Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive - WD5000AAKX) for $59
     
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    Inches What's a Dremel?

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    He's probably thinking of the fact of having dual channel RAM, which is what the board is optimally designed to run. Plus, when he/you decide to upgrade there's more resaleability? of a kit instead of a single stick. Single stick is like an oddball, used for troubleshooting. I've personally never bought a single stick for a daily system (better deals on kit most of the time).
     
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    ChetUbetcha What's a Dremel?

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    I changed the RAM to 2 sticks (thank you) and just ordered everything. Free shipping and should be here Thursday! Looking forward to building this with my boy. We'll have to make a project log once everything arrives. Thanks again for your input. It was very helpful and greatly appreciated!
     
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    GET A BUILD LOG ON HERE! ;)
     
  15. MSHunter

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    All good except RAM iGP will benefit from fast RAM get faster RAM :D
    Since sharing with iGP I would also bump to 8GB minimum.

    8GB 1866
     
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    docodine killed a guy once

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    how's this look?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: AMD A10-5800K 3.8GHz Quad-Core Processor ($99.99 @ Microcenter)
    Motherboard: Biostar Hi-Fi A85W ATX FM2 Motherboard ($74.99 @ Amazon)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($47.98 @ Amazon)
    Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Antec EarthWatts Green 380W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($49.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Total: $302.93
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-04-03 03:24 EDT-0400)
     

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