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Budget Gaming build for 14 year old son - our fist build

jimvski
  • 72 months ago

Hi all, I'm planning my first build with my son who likes to game. He wants to be able to play Minecraft, Shadowgun Deadzone, James Bond 007, Black Ops (and 2), Portal (and 2), Titanfall, Ghost Recon, and Wolfenstein. I put this list together after reading through several other builds and looking at peoples comments. I want to keep it a budget build ($500-$700) that should work fairly well for him. He picked the case but I pretty much picked everything else.

I was initially looking at the AMD FX-6300 but Micro Center has a bundle for the MB and the FX-8320 for $179. My son thinks I should stick with the FX-6300 and upgrade the GPU to the GTX750. It would only cost about $20 more.

What do you think? Since I'm new to this I'd appreciate any feedback anyone can give.

Thanks, Jim

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $143.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $36.00
Memory Corsair Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $84.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Asus GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card $179.99 @ NCIX US
Case NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case $59.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $682.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 09:33 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

i would reccomend going with the amd r9 270(x) but if you dont want amd stick with the 660 it will peform better than a 750 ti

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-8320 3.5GHz 8-Core Processor $143.98 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Asus M5A97 R2.0 ATX AM3+ Motherboard $36.00
Memory Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $52.92 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R9 280 3GB Dual-X Video Card $219.99 @ Newegg
Case NZXT Guardian 921 RB ATX Mid Tower Case $59.98 @ OutletPC
Power Supply Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $706.84
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 09:50 EDT-0400

You did well with your build, but the RAM was over priced. CAS 9 and DDR3-1600, go for the cheaper stuff; no difference.

I only made a minor edit to get a better graphics card, will last a little longer but goes a bit over budget. The one you have selected is fine, I wouldn't really consider Crossfire an efficient option. It's usually a better cost per performance to just sell the old card and buy a new one.

I believe your HDD is fine. You avoided Hitachi which is the big mistake new comers make.

If your kid picked the case you gotta get the case :P

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Well, this is unusual, but I came up with a crossfire as the best solution at this price point. You might want to get opinions from others who are crossfiring their 260Xes before proceeding, however.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $112.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard ASRock 990FX Extreme3 ATX AM3+/AM3 Motherboard $109.99 @ Newegg
Memory Patriot Viper 3 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $64.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.24 @ Amazon
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $99.99 @ Newegg
Video Card Sapphire Radeon R7 260X 2GB Video Card (2-Way CrossFire) $99.99 @ Newegg
Case Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $697.15
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 09:54 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Never mind; if you are willing to step down a little on the motherboard you can get a much better build:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor $112.99 @ NCIX US
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard $49.99 @ Newegg
Memory Avexir Core series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $68.99 @ Newegg
Storage Seagate Barracuda 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $39.24 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 280X 3GB Double Dissipation Video Card $254.99 @ NCIX US
Case Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $39.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Lite-On iHAS124-14 DVD/CD Writer $14.99 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) $84.99 @ NCIX US
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $696.16
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-06-19 10:00 EDT-0400
  • 72 months ago
  • 0 points

I looked this over and I can agree that you might get better performance in game by downgrading to the fx-6xxx line and upgrading your GPU, but I think you'd be better off with the 8xxx series to be more prepared in the future. You might want to photoshop or use virtualware in the future. If you're fairly certain he won't, then I'd be all for downgrading.

Get the RAM I recommended, no point in paying anything more for the same stuff even if it is only like $1 :P

You're sneaky by lowering his HDD to keep your price low; that's cheating though. You need atleast 1tb, newer games are taking up 30+gb alone before adding in a collection or movies and stuff. You need 1tb.

The GPU is great of course, but if OP's budget is $700 the money is better spent by taking the 280 and getting a better HDD. Of course he'd only be over budget by like $10 if he took both, but then his son's input is left out for 3-5 fps in game.

I would prefer to keep the case you son picked out if there was any way possible; that way he feels involved.

The PSU is good

I love the CD drive.

Overall I still think my build would better fit your the OP's needs.

  • 72 months ago
  • 1 point

Don't spread misinformation. Photoshop doesn't even need 4 cores to operate just fine, much less 8. What is "virtualware" ? You're hard-pressed to find a game even today that uses more than 6 cores effectively, and all games today can run just fine on quad cores. 6 core is a nice middle ground for a midrange build.

We are suggesting literally the same RAM.

You're wrong about hard drive space, and even if you were right, adding another hard drive down the line is one of the cheapest, easiest possible upgrades. 250Gb will do just fine:

40Gb for OS 10Gb for office, chrome, other essential basic software 70Gb for music, movies, etc. 130Gb for games @ 30Gb per game (not the norm even today - see here for the average, which is 15Gb) = ~4 games.

Very unlikely that you will be playing more than 4 AAA titles at a time, so you're good to go. It's much more important to spend that money elsewhere in the initial build.

The 280X beats the 280 by a healthy margin AND, very importantly, it handles Mantle while yours doesn't. The choice to invest in a good, modern GPU is an obvious winner.

Yes, you need a CD drive with Windows 7 for easy installation. It's not like Windows 8 where they make USB installs as easy as possible.

Your build would not be as good a choice.

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