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Build a Gaming PC for my younger brother. ~$600 Budget. Advice on our Micro Build

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October 17, 2013 11:45:25 AM

My younger brother decided he wanted to get a gaming PC a couple months ago. His budget is about $600 dollars so I have been trying to decide what would be his best option. The current build I have is this - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/1Ouh4 - He originally wanted a better processor (i5 instead of i3), but I told him it's probably better to invest more in the video card than the processor if he is going to be strictly gaming.

He currently only plays games like TF2, Minecraft, and SC2. But that is only because of what he is limited too. I don't think he will be playing too demanding of games. I know he wants to try Skyrim and a bunch of games on Steam, so he doesn't need an expensive rig.

Also, the only reason I went with a micro build is to save whatever amount of money I can and I don't expect him to ever overclock. Size doesn't really matter.

I'm just looking for any advice on the build. If there is a better part or combination that can be suggested I'm open to hear it.

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October 17, 2013 12:01:23 PM

That's a pretty decent start. You don't really need a Radeon 7950 if you're not going to be playing games at high or ultra high settings, and for stuff like Minecraft you don't even really need a GPU at all. You could go with an AMD A10 and then add one in later as you see fit.

I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.93 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.47 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 15:00 EDT-0400)

- You get a very overclock friendly CPU with some above average integrated graphics
- NZXT X40 allows you to overclock the CPU and GPU as much as you want
- Gives you the option for adding a GPU later on if you want
- Bitfenix Prodigy is one of the best mITX chassis around
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October 17, 2013 12:29:53 PM

g-unit1111 said:
That's a pretty decent start. You don't really need a Radeon 7950 if you're not going to be playing games at high or ultra high settings, and for stuff like Minecraft you don't even really need a GPU at all. You could go with an AMD A10 and then add one in later as you see fit.

I would do something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A10-6800K 4.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($139.99 @ Amazon)
CPU Cooler: NZXT Kraken X40 98.3 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler ($97.27 @ TigerDirect)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A85X-ITX Mini ITX FM2 Motherboard ($91.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.93 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.47 @ Amazon)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $600.11
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 15:00 EDT-0400)

- You get a very overclock friendly CPU with some above average integrated graphics
- NZXT X40 allows you to overclock the CPU and GPU as much as you want
- Gives you the option for adding a GPU later on if you want
- Bitfenix Prodigy is one of the best mITX chassis around


But his brother also plays TF2 and Starcraft 2, so not having a GPU wouldn't suffice for this build.

If your brother just gets a i3 + a 7850, he should be able to play most games at medium-high. I have an extra PC for anyone that comes over with an i3-2100 and a 7850 and does just fine playing Payday 2, TF2, Saints Row, etc.
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October 17, 2013 12:59:41 PM

enemy1g said:

But his brother also plays TF2 and Starcraft 2, so not having a GPU wouldn't suffice for this build.

If your brother just gets a i3 + a 7850, he should be able to play most games at medium-high. I have an extra PC for anyone that comes over with an i3-2100 and a 7850 and does just fine playing Payday 2, TF2, Saints Row, etc.


That's true. If you want to play more GPU friendly games than an A10 wouldn't cut it. Maybe something like this:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($147.94 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock B85M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($85.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($73.93 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.95 @ Amazon)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon HD 7870 XT 2GB Video Card ($149.99 @ Newegg)
Case: BitFenix Prodigy (Black) Mini ITX Tower Case ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic S12II 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V / EPS12V Power Supply ($66.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $667.27
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-10-17 15:59 EDT-0400)

The bad thing is with this rig it goes $67 over budget. But if the budget is flexible the 7870 XT is an excellent GPU for the price offered.
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