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Old 12-01-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hello,
i'm building a rig for my sister's kids and the budget as the title suggests is 400 .Now i've been at this for quite some time now and i'm currently leaning towards this setup:

MOBO - GIGABYTE F2A88XM-D3H 62,14
CPU - AMD Athlon X4 750K Black Edition 67,31
RAM - Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance 38,82
GPU - ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 101,46
PSU - Corsair CX430M 44,36
STORAGE - Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1000GB Advanced Format 55,48
CASE - C-TECH PHOENIX gaming 25,87
(I've also been considering this motherboard -> ASUS A88XM-A as opposed to the Gigabyte one)
---------------------- TOTAL = 395,44 ----------------------------------

The operating system will be windows 8.1.The peripherals are already taken care of.I'd very much like it to be upgradeable in the future.Not in the near future ofcourse (in fact as far down the line as possible - but i'd like the possibility to be there).
They will be using 19'' LCD panel BenQ FP93G for now but when i'm finished with my current monitor (24'') it'll be going to them.

Please, let me know what you think and i'm open to any suggestions.
Lastly i think you should know that i live in Slovakia and will be buying from www.alza.sk .

I think that's all, thanks in advance.
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Old 12-02-2013, 12:38 AM   #2
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CPU: http://www.alza.sk/intel-pentium-g3420-d467751.htm (Pentium G3420)
Motherboard - http://www.alza.sk/msi-h87m-g43-d435959.htm (MSI H87M-G43)

I'd change those components to the ones I suggested. The difference in price is small, and that would be better for performance.

The OCZ ZS series 550W would also be a better PSU (http://www.alza.sk/ocz-zs-series-550w-d256333.htm ), and it isn't much more expensive either.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:16 AM   #3
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Default Windows 8 and Steam

I recently bought Windows 8 a few months back and did a test install on a separate drive with ATI XFX HD6950 DD 2GB video card and the drivers don't work properly with Steam and do not give me full screen when loading and playing games. Haven't tried NVidia card yet might buy NVidia card next time . That's the only problem I found with Win 8 so far, But it's a big one for me no fun not being able to game in full screen mode .

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:33 AM   #4
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I'd actually prefer to go with athlon instead of intel.I think that the difference in performance as far as gaming is concerned isn't that huge and in case of future upgrades - they will be cheaper.To be honest i'm looking forward to the new Kaveri chips as well as Excavator in 2015.
I think the PSU should do just fine, but yeah i could go fo a more powerful one.
Now i've recieved some advice on other forums and i changed the build a little bit.Here's how it looks:

MOBO - GA-F2A88XM-DS2 47,16
CPU - AMD Athlon X4 750K Black Edition 66,08
RAM - Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Low Profile 39,82
GPU - ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 101,46
PSU - Corsair CX430M 43,58
STORAGE - Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1000GB s Advanced Format 54,00
CASE - Corsair 200R Carbide Series 49,67

---------------------- TOTAL = 402,61 ----------------------------------------

The new MOBO isn't exactly feature packed but i think that for our intents and purposes will do just fine.
What do you guys think ?
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It will work, but AMD FM2 CPUs are hopeless at gaming, which is why I suggested Intel.
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I'm a first time builder too and have done a ton of research on getting a great build at reduced cost.

At first, building an AMD system does look cheaper, but believe me, you can build a much better system at a cheaper price with Intel.

Have a look at mATX size boards. The board itself will be cheaper, and so will a case. The only things you sacrifice really is some space (in case you wanted to run dual GPUs, and a few USB ports)
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Yeah, i've been thinking about this a lot and decided that you're probably right.I'm going to go with Intel instead.The thing is tho i really have to keep it under 400 .
Now i think this MOBO might do the trick :

http://www.alza.sk/asus-h81m-plus-d474113.htm# - ASUS H81M-PLUS.

It's only 2 DIMM slots but i'm okay with that.USB 3.0 and SATA 6Gb/s are present (tho in limited numbers but i'm okay with that too).So it's got all the basics.

This choice would lead to :

MOBO - ASUS H81M-PLUS 54,13
CPU - Intel Pentium G3420 56,56
RAM - Corsair 4GB DDR3 1600MHz CL9 Vengeance Low Profile 39,82
GPU - ASUS HD7770-DC-1GD5-V2 101,46
PSU - Corsair CX430M 43,58
STORAGE - Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 1000GB s Advanced Format 54,00
CASE - Corsair 200R Carbide Series 49,67

---------------------- TOTAL = 400,06 ----------------------------------

How about that ?
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Something you didn't mention is how old the kids are, and what kind of games they will be playing. Heck, depending on what games, you might not even need to get a dedicated gpu since Intel has one built into their chips
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One's a 4th grader and the other is in his 1st grade.But if i were to go with an APU i'd definitely aim for AMD (A10 6800K for sure).This would save me approximately 25 € give or take.And i think that it's not a whole lot so why not pay a little extra and go with dedicated GPU, even though they'd be just fine with APU.
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One's a 4th grader and the other is in his 1st grade.But if i were to go with an APU i'd definitely aim for AMD (A10 6800K for sure).This would save me approximately 25 give or take.And i think that it's not a whole lot so why not pay a little extra and go with dedicated GPU, even though they'd be just fine with APU.
Reason I ask is because, depending on what games they play, if it's not really needed for a dedicated gpu, then rather use the extra cash to invest in a better mobo or CPU. Those 2 components are far more important in the long run
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