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sgtSnyder

51 months ago

I'm making a build for my friend with a $600 budget for the computer and peripherals. They want it for school work and coding and may eventually start playing WoW on it. I have two builds (an AMD and an Intel build) and I would like your opinion on which one would be better for what my friend is looking for!

AMD Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7700K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $99.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XN-WIFI Mini ITX FM2+ Motherboard $54.99
Memory G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $48.99 @ Newegg
Storage PNY CS1111 120GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ Micro Center
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.50 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply Corsair Builder 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $19.99 @ Newegg
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $86.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse $6.98 @ OutletPC
Other Logitech Z200 Speakers $24.99
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $641.35
Mail-in rebates -$45.00
Total $596.35
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-01 14:27 EDT-0400

Intel Build PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor $49.99 @ Micro Center
Motherboard ASRock H97M-ITX/AC Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard $79.99
Memory Team Dark 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $51.99 @ Newegg
Storage Sandisk Solid State Drive 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $49.99 @ NCIX US
Storage Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $48.50 @ Newegg
Case Cooler Master Elite 130 Mini ITX Tower Case $29.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply EVGA 500W 80+ Certified ATX Power Supply $29.99 @ NCIX US
Optical Drive Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer $14.98 @ OutletPC
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $86.98 @ OutletPC
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse $6.98 @ OutletPC
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $33.89 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total (before mail-in rebates) $628.25
Mail-in rebates -$35.00
Total $593.25
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-01 14:27 EDT-0400

Comments

  • 51 months ago
  • 3 points

I would say go with the AMD build, as the APU will have better graphics than the G3258, but needs a slight bit more work. For one, is the SSD absolutely required? Dropping that would free up some money for better ram (APUs need good ram as they use it for the graphics).

If your friend is planning to upgrade later on, the Intel build may be better as that can get him an i5 or i7, but is held back by other parts (PSU and MB).

Also, you mention school work... Your friend may be able to get a copy of Windows for cheaper than listed with a school e-mail. Check the Windows site for more specifics.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh yeah, some 2400MHz RAM would probably be a better choice. She isn't planning on upgrading too much in the future aside from maybe a fairly cheap graphics card so I think the AMD build would probably be better. The SSD is up there in the requirement because my friend wants everything to boot up and run very fast. I'll look into getting the Windows license for cheaper! If I can then I'll use that for a RAM upgrade, if not I'll look into ditching the SSD

EDIT: I found 2400MHz RAM for $54 it's just 2x4GB instead of an 8GB stick. But I think it'll need a RAM upgrade anytime soon do you?

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

8GB of ram is pretty standard now. Few games exceed that much and for school work, I doubt anything will require that much. Most likely, when she's planning to upgrade the ram to have more capacity later on, she'll also be looking at other new components as well, so 2x4GB right now isn't bad.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright awesome! Thanks for your help :)

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Go with the AMD it will offer a lot more performance but the Intel build has more of an upgrade route. Although with the AMD you would be able to spend more money on a gpu later

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Alright thank you! What card would you recommend in the future? Probably have a price point of $150 and under. Would you recommend setting up Crossfire with the APU?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

Both have abysmal PSUs (imho). In other's opinions, they are just bad. Replace both.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

I think abysmal is a bit harsh...while not the best, it's not like they're complete trash. I had the EVGA 500W PSU and it work great for a few months. Now it's in my dads computer and he hasn't had any issues with it. What PSU would you suggest I get at this price point?

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

There is a huge difference between "will work until eventual failure" and "should be used to ensure nothing fails before it fails"

The caps on both are extremely low quality and are a ticking time bomb. The voltage regulation is sub-par. A good system is defined by the power deliver, first and foremost. Without a good base to stand on, everything else is forfeit.

At the moment. neither build has a GPU. The power requirements are so low, that you could squeeze in a low power Antec or Seasonic without too much price variance.

I will try to post a build shortly.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

Both the EVGA and Corsair units are Tier 3. Average quality. Won't explode like a Logisys or a Diablotek.

  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

My recommendation for a good basis.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor $71.89 @ OutletPC
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $62.99 @ NCIX US
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage A-Data Premier Pro SP600 128GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $51.99 @ Amazon
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ Amazon
Case Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $53.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $91.69 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse $6.98 @ OutletPC
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $33.89 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $604.22
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-02 02:09 EDT-0400
  • 51 months ago
  • 1 point

But the 860k doesn't have integrated graphics...and I'm pretty sure the motherboard doesn't have anything on board.

  • 51 months ago
  • 2 points

That was an oversight and mistake. I thought I was posting an APU build in another thread and opened the wrong tab somehow. Sorry.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU AMD A10-7700K 3.4GHz Quad-Core Processor $115.99 @ SuperBiiz
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-F2A88XM-D3H Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard $62.89 @ OutletPC
Memory G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory $52.99 @ Newegg
Storage Hitachi Deskstar 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $44.85 @ Amazon
Case Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case $22.99 @ NCIX US
Power Supply SeaSonic S12II 430W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $53.98 @ Newegg
Operating System Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) $91.69 @ NCIX US
Monitor Acer S220HQLAbd 60Hz 21.5" Monitor $99.99 @ Amazon
Keyboard Logitech Corded Keyboard K280e Wired Standard Keyboard $9.99 @ NCIX US
Mouse V7 M30P10-7N Wired Optical Mouse $6.98 @ OutletPC
Speakers Logitech Z313 25W 2.1ch Speakers $33.89 @ SuperBiiz
Prices include shipping, taxes, rebates, and discounts
Total $596.23
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-05-02 13:16 EDT-0400

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