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Monkey_Prodigy

61 months ago

Earlier this year, my 16 year old cousin's desktop broke. So he asked me if I could build him a computer that could play MW3 at medium-to-high settings @ 720p for around $400 bucks. I was busy, so I had to tell him no. In this past month, I've had some free time on my hands, so I told him I could, if he hadn't bought a computer yet. He said that he was about to buy one, but if I could build him it in a month, he would lay off buying a computer so I could build it for him.

He has a lot of games, so a lot of memory was essential, so that ruled out a SSD. So I went with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD.

I decided to go with a APU, and paired with 8GB of 2133Mhz RAM. I used one stick, in case he needs more.

However, he moved away, and is about 600 miles away. So I couldn't build him one, but I could still tell him what he needed, as long as he built it.

Here's what I am about to recommend to him. Anything I should change?

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A8-7600 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor $92.95 @ SuperBiiz
CPU Cooler Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO 82.9 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler $28.75 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-G1.Sniper A88X ATX FM2+ Motherboard $76.99 @ Newegg
Memory AMD R9 Gamer Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory $79.99 @ Newegg
Storage Western Digital RE2-GP 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $83.99 @ Amazon
Case Rosewill R103A ATX Mid Tower Case w/350W Power Supply $43.99 @ Amazon
Total
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $406.66
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-01-03 13:05 EST-0500

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I prefer dedicated graphics as they are much better, so I whipped a cheap build together: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/TitanJS/saved/XRB48d

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

@TitanJS & mrluckypants96: Both of those look great! I had tried building one with a decent CPU & GPU, as I didn't really want to use a APU, and I kept going way way over $400 (I was around $550-ish)!

But I noticed no CPU fan. I thought you should always get one, so won't the CPU overheat? Also, I would probably go with mrluckypants96 build, as I noticed it featured a better GPU, but at the price of a weaker CPU. But this won't affect his gaming much, correct?

However, they both look nice. Thanks!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Most CPU's come with a stock cooler unless otherwise stated

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Wow! Didn't know that. I've always loved computers, but I've never built one. I know alot about them, and when my family has computer problems, they ask me for help. But since I have never actually built a computer from scratch, everything is new to me. So if I buy a CPU, it'll come with a cooler? Great!

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Can't tell if sarcasm or not... >.>

One thing I always do is I check out the performance of stock coolers for the CPU before I put it into a build... by doing that I'm assuring that it has a cooler, and lets me know if I need to replace it or if I can keep it.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Sorry, I didn't mean to make it look sarcastic. I was surprised, but I guess I made it sound sarcastic. Sorry!

Based on the info you guys are giving, I should only get a custom cooler if I plan on overclocking, and/or heavy duty gaming, correct?

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Or if your stock cooler just sucks or is too loud. The 212 Evo you picked out is actually one of the best ones for the price and that'd tie you over til heavy overclocking. But you can always add a cooler later on when more funds are available. I don't know enough about that CPU to know if you'd need an aftermarket cooler though.

  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Depending on wich one you buy

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

Ok, thanks for the "reply" tip. Stupid me. :)

He can't go over $425, but he is on a really tight budget. Useful info, thanks!

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  • 61 months ago
  • 1 point

I really am appreciative, so if there is anything I can do for you, let me know! Also, thanks everybody! Really useful info you guys are giving me!

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