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November 21, 2013 1:47:26 PM

So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.

November 21, 2013 2:36:37 PM

frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Lapt...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)
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November 21, 2013 3:23:16 PM

frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Lapt...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


Thanks for the reply.

If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.
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November 21, 2013 4:33:38 PM

frillybob101 said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Lapt...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


Thanks for the reply.

If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $286.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)
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November 21, 2013 4:47:22 PM

DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Lapt...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


Thanks for the reply.

If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $286.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)


I forgot to mention I don't need the HDD! Can you reallocate that money elsewhere?

And thanks for that build!

I also would like a decent PSU. I have a cheap diabloteck case that works fine but I don't trust their PSU's I've heard their bad.
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November 21, 2013 4:50:50 PM

frillybob101 said:
DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



DComander1x said:
frillybob101 said:
So here is the deal. My sister is 15 and wants a computer than can play minecraft. She doesn't mind lag as long as it's at least 20-30 fps. Draw distance between tiny-short. So she doesn't need much power at all. Her budget is a max of $225 including a monitor. The monitor can be as cheap as possible just not a CRT.
I will be building it for her. I don't need an OS, HDD,
Approximate Purchase Date: Two Weeks
Budget Range: $225 before rebate after shipping and taxes

System Usage from Most to Least Important:o ffice work and playing low end games.

Are you buying a monitor: Yes

Parts to Upgrade: Needed parts, PSU, APU, RAM, MOBO, Monitor

Do you need to buy OS: No

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Amazon newegg

Location: Ohio, USA close to a microcenter.

Parts Preferences: I was thinking an AMD A4 APU.

Overclocking: Haha no

SLI or Crossfire: Haha no

Your Monitor Resolution: Doesn't matter just as long as it's at least 640p.


If you can find a laptop that can do that then link it here. I figured she'd get better performance with a pc for the price she's at.



This is as cheap as any build can go, though this laptop would help, though, its refurbished, or pre-used - http://www.microcenter.com/product/422037/6530B_14_Lapt...

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A4-4000 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($43.53 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Pipeline HD 160GB 3.5" 5900RPM Internal Hard Drive ($30.48 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $244.55
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 17:33 EST-0500)


Thanks for the reply.

If we increased this budget to an absolute max of $300 what could you do with it.


With this build, I gave you a higher clocked A6 APU, dual channel memory and a larger and faster HDD.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A6-6400K 3.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.03 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($37.91 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($38.94 @ Amazon)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $286.43
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:33 EST-0500)


I forgot to mention I don't need the HDD! Can you reallocate that money elsewhere?

And thanks for that build!


No problem, and will do -
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Diablotek CPA-0170 ATX Mid Tower Case w/400W Power Supply ($27.99 @ Microcenter)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $297.07
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 19:50 EST-0500)
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November 21, 2013 7:25:14 PM

frillybob101 said:


I also would like a decent PSU. I have a cheap diabloteck case that works fine but I don't trust their PSU's I've heard their bad.


Heres a build with a better PSU.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($96.53 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: MSI FM2-A55M-E33 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Raidmax Atlas ATX-295WB ATX Mid Tower Case ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Rosewill Stallion 400W ATX Power Supply ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Monitor: Hannspree HL161ABB 15.6" Monitor ($67.58 @ Newegg)
Total: $299.06
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-11-21 22:23 EST-0500)
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November 21, 2013 8:03:40 PM

Diablotek PSUs are crap.

Honestly you won't really be able to get a reasonably performing system with monitor for $300.
You might try scouring thrift stores because I pick up LCD monitors for $10-20 sometimes

Luckily minecraft is easy to run. Core 2 duo and 6670 gives me nearly 200 FPS
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