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EvilWayne
  • 54 months ago

I’m looking to build my 13 year-old a new gaming machine. I’m a little overwhelmed by the options and getting short on time. I probably should have started looking earlier, but the money is a random, one-off windfall and I’d like to replace his current machine for Xmas, if possible.

This would be a rig mainly for gaming, and a little school work to sell it to his mom. He plays a lot of shooters on and offline, as well as a myriad of other things that are heavy on graphics and more or less plant me in the horrible-parent category. He’s been using a laptop that’s too slow to play Fallout 3, much less 4.

The budget is about $800 (maybe a bit more), but he’ll need a monitor and an OS (Windows). Needs wifi as well. We have keyboard and mouse.

Ideally, this build would be easy to upgrade so that down the road it doesn’t become obsolete all at once.

To be honest, I’m not sure what I’m asking for either. I haven’t built a PC since the late 90s, so I’m way behind on just about everything (I’ve never used thermal paste, for example). But I’m okay making upgrades and not really afraid of being inside a computer, generally.

Any help is super-appreciated.

Thanks

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  • 54 months ago
  • 3 points

This is what I would get, and then upgrade the CPU and GPU as he gets more into gaming/saving money for gaming. Budgeting/Saving seem like good things to teach a 13 year old.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i3-6100 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor $130.98 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B150M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard $62.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ripjaws V Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR4-2133 Memory $45.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case Fractal Design Core 1000 USB 3.0 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $55.99 @ SuperBiiz
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer H226HQLbid 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $129.99 @ Newegg
Keyboard Cooler Master CM Storm Devastator Gaming Bundle Wired Gaming Keyboard w/Optical Mouse $21.98 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $827.75
Mail-in rebates -$50.00
Total $777.75
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 12:25 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

@OP This is probably the best build if you include a monitor... but if you dont include the monitor go with mine with the 4460 and the 380

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $48.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight Black MicroATX Mini Tower Case $79.99 @ B&H
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $80.62 @ Mac Mall
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter TP-Link TL-WDN4800 802.11a/b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $38.89 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $823.22
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $793.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 11:43 EST-0500

This is the build with the wireless card

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice all he needs is to use a TV :D

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks, this is looking like the build I'll probably go with. I do have a question regarding the case. Will this be descent for upgrading the system later? I do have to put a DVD in there (I already have one), but what about, say adding a sound card down the line? I'm having a hard time visualizing it.

Thanks again.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

If you want a bigger case than micro atx go with a NZXT Source 210 or 210 elite... But yes you can upgrade and add a dvd drive

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

What do you want with your monitor? Response times, refresh rate, resolution, budget for the monitor?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $174.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard ASRock H97M PRO4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $69.89 @ OutletPC
Memory Kingston Beast 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $48.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card PowerColor Radeon R9 380 4GB PCS+ Video Card $159.99 @ Newegg
Case BitFenix Prodigy M Midnight Black MicroATX Mini Tower Case $79.99 @ B&H
Power Supply EVGA SuperNOVA GS 650W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $80.62 @ Mac Mall
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $784.33
Mail-in rebates -$30.00
Total $754.33
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 10:48 EST-0500

This is a $800 build, Just use a tv or something for the monitor.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Nice build... but lol

This is a $800 build, Just use a tv or something for the monitor.

Lol he can do this if he has one for him. i use a tv for mine. (for now, probably gonna get a PC moniter soon.)

Only other thing he'd have to do if he did this is Get a wireless card/or usb, or use a Ethernet cable.

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh my bad i can add that real quick

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Re-vamp build....

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB Superclocked Video Card $109.99 @ Micro Center
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Rosewill 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $9.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $837.76
Mail-in rebates -$85.00
Total $752.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 12:02 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 0 points

Just a little over $800, but worth it. should play any game good. includes a good moniter, has HDMI, DVA/DVI, ect. i think it also has built in speaker if u want it to play music through that. ;) BTW if u get windows OS on a disc grab a DVD/CD rom drive, only like $9-15 for a good one.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6200 3.8GHz 6-Core Processor $102.99 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard ASRock 970M PRO3 Micro ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $59.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory $59.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 960 4GB Video Card $217.99 @ SuperBiiz
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Corsair CX 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $58.99 @ Amazon
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $9.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $909.76
Mail-in rebates -$70.00
Total $839.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 11:20 EST-0500

The wireless card, you just install it on the MOBO. its easy, google and youtube or me will help if any problems.

  • 54 months ago
  • 2 points

I would not go AMD for the CPU The 380 is better than the 960 The CX Power supplies are junk You wont need 16 gb of ram

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

why not? whats the problem with the AMD cpu?

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

They are better for editing and rendering. But the intel CPU's are usually better for gaming

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

kinda true man. Intel gets some better FPS.. :P wonder when AMDwill make newer CPU's

  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

Here how about dis

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Core i5-4570 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor $179.99 @ Amazon
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $19.99 @ Newegg
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-B85M-DS3H-A Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $42.98 @ Newegg
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $39.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $49.98 @ OutletPC
Video Card EVGA GeForce GT 740 4GB Superclocked Video Card $109.99 @ Micro Center
Case NZXT S340 (Black/Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case $59.99 @ Micro Center
Power Supply Rosewill 750W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home OEM (64-bit) $89.88 @ OutletPC
Wireless Network Adapter Asus PCE-N10 802.11b/g/n PCI-Express x1 Wi-Fi Adapter $9.99 @ Newegg
Monitor Asus VN248H-P 23.8" Monitor $109.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $837.76
Mail-in rebates -$85.00
Total $752.76
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-12-04 12:02 EST-0500
  • 54 months ago
  • 1 point

No, this is even worse, you upgraded the cpu to get a even worse graphics card. I would go with a 4460 running at 3.2Ghz and a 380 or a 380x depending on the budget. 380x would be a better.

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