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Budget Build for Dad for Xmas (Details inside)

Valiant_
  • 55 months ago

Edit: I have picked a build thank you everyone!! Hello folks, I need some advice for a nice budget build for my Father. He likes to game (World of Tanks, Armored Warfare etc..) and his current A6 apu laptop just isn't cutting it anymore and it is beginning to show its age. My budget is anywhere from as low as $500-$800 and i have absolutely no company Bias (intel or Amd). I recently built a PC through pcpartpicker and minus a bogus experience with MSI i love it. I learned ALOT from my build, and i want to be able to gift my Dad a Budget CPU that's upgrade-able and able to run the aforementioned games at 1080p Ultra.

The only stipulation i have is No Msi Parts i got seriously burned from them.

Thank you once again!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Do you need Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, OS?

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

No. Sorry for the delay in response btw. He has a mouse keyboard and monitor. As far as OS is concerned im just gonna cover that personally

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Okay, how about something like my current PC...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97 PRO4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $75.60 @ SuperBiiz
Memory PNY Anarchy 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $34.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk SSD PLUS 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $44.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $47.66 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 960 2GB SuperSC ACX 2.0+ Video Card $189.99 @ Amazon
Case Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $49.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Antec High Current Gamer 520W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $71.63 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $784.72
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-01 22:34 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That works. The only other thing i might want to tweak is to have an SLI capable board. 960's Sli'd are quite nice. That is quite honestly what i was looking for. Thank you

  • 55 months ago
  • 2 points

Tweak away! You might also want to look at changing the GTX 960 to an R9 380 and go crossfire later on. You will have more choices of motherboard looking at crossfire. However you would have to up the PSU.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Im already tweaking! I may drop the I5 for an AMD chip. Only because he doesnt need the extra expense of an Intel chip. But i have an r9 390 and WOW. WHen my 970 failed i bought a 390 for relatively the same price and i have been beyond pleased.

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Thats ok! Im looking for upgrade-ability, The best thing he's ever ran is the laptop which comes paired with a nice Radeon HD Suite which im going to be honest runs the games in the OP, at quite a decent 20-40 frames on Medium which for a 3 year old $250 laptop is QUITE impressive. To put it in perspective, my PS4 has better hardware. If i do go for 960's ill leave it up to him to want to pull the trigger and sli them.

  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I deleted a bunch of silly builds and posts. Quite honestly after some serious tinkering i can finally say this is it (barring any compatability issues and or heat problems) PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4590 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $172.78 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $83.55 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $44.92 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $63.55 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB Nitro Video Card $213.67 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $53.48 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $70.93 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $757.88
Mail-in rebates -$55.00
Total $702.88
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-02 02:50 EST-0500
  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

Please note: This build was an attempt to maximize performance without breaking 800.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz Quad-Core Processor $232.17 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $27.33 @ OutletPC
Motherboard ASRock Z97 Extreme3 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $83.55 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $44.92 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 2TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $63.55 @ SuperBiiz
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 380 4GB Nitro Video Card $213.67 @ Newegg
Case Rosewill Galaxy-02 ATX Mid Tower Case $53.48 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $70.93 @ NCIX US
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $854.60
Mail-in rebates -$65.00
Total $789.60
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-02 02:55 EST-0500
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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

That's a fantastic build, however im going to shy away from Sli only because not every game can utilize it and the R9 380 is a nice upgrade for about 10 bucks more. I will also be keeping this in my consideration though so once again Thank you!

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  • 55 months ago
  • 1 point

I thought the same thing when i built mine. So i bought a new MSI 970.... It failed electronically. I sent it back to MSI and they gave me such a hard time i forced them to refund me and bought a sapphire R9 390 Nitro. I have been in LOVE with this card. The only game ive come across that i cant max out is Elite: Dangerous and thats just the Anti- Aliasing. The card can handle it because my 970 did, im just chalking it up to lack of driver support since the 300 platform is so new.

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