Use: Light gaming (TF2, HL2, etc.) and schoolwork
He needs an OS, but has a mouse, monitor and keyboard.
Here's one that may work well for this person.
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Here ya go man.
Do you need a monitor?
He has that as well, sorry I should have put that above
No biggie and one last question does size matter. ATX Matx or Mini ITX?
No, his desk is huge and he doesnt care lol
Should be all the power he needs and then some.
This is built to my states sales tax of 7% adjust accordingly.
I chose a higher bandwidth Ram since APU's DO benefit directly from faster Ram. Also this will work in a mode called "dual graphics" which the GPU and the APU will work together.
Amd makes specific ram for that which will give even more performance
The biggest issue for performance on these APU's is making sure we have functional channel and rank interleave at ~2133MT/s. 2400MT's is hard to get stable on these and is often not any better than 2133MT/s unless we're comparing single ranked DIMM's (2 steps back for 1 step forward).
the F3-2400C10D-8GZH kit included in the build above, has been reported by users to come both single and dual ranked. Crap shoot.
AMD's own "branded" memory has also proven to be a crap shoot, with some 4GB DIMM's configured single, some dual ranked.
Finding dual ranked 4GB DIMM's is often difficult. My advise, choose a crucial ballistix kit and overclock it, (they are all dual ranked, and these seem to get along really well with AMD memory controllers. I've overclocked ballistix sport (email@example.comV) to 2133-10-12-12(1.7V) on Kaveri no problem.
"Dual graphics" mode is a scam/waste. There is no scenario where buying into this technology will provide more render throughput or performance for the money than we could get from an 860K combined with a more powerful discrete GPU. There are still frame-pacing issues with this, not all games support it, when Kavari's iGPU is being used, the CPU throttles to 3.0GHZ, so performance suffers even more, throw on top of that AMD's DX9-11 optimization issues for compute overhead AND the additional compute overhead that comes from dual graphics mode (crossfire overhead), and this is a recipe for really awful performance and visual quality plagued with stuttering issues, frame-pacing issues, lag, etc.
This is only a good build for software developers who are interested in tackling the problems that plague this build.
I went this route as an option. I agree an Athlon or even an older i3 would be a much better choice. I happen to have an A6 laptop which runs games like World of tanks and world of warships albeit not very well. I normally post 2 builds but i didnt have the time, i had to go work.
Overclockable Cpu, Quad-Core. Monitor, OS. Nice Case and Power Supply, 8 gigs of RAM. More than decent Graphics Card, And the PC is all red when put together for a good color scheme
Guess the builder can knock about $91.00 off that build. A monitor was mentioned in what was already had.
oh sh!t he edited it, sorry
That's the bad thing about not having an edit time stamp that is visible to all. We all can get caught by it.
i3-6100 + GTX950 builds. GO.
Price includes shipping on everything.
My second build that i didn't have time to put together.
The Pentium will be the bottleneck in the future. The good news is its on the skylake socket so upgrading is possible, and although the Mobo isn't the best its still a Z170a which will allow a small to moderate overclock on overclockable CPU's.
The GPU sits between the gtx 950 and 960 and at $122 is the steal of the day.
The PSU is a tier 1 psu and should give you almost no issues.
Do your friend a favor: Pick him up an SSD down the road.