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December 31, 2013 7:13:25 PM

I have built computers in the past and built a 2000.00 system for myself last year. My parents are looking at buying a computer from best buy a Lonovo or something and i'm trying to talk them into letting my build them a gaming computer for around the same price with better components. My Dad plays BF4 and my mom just does normal email, facebook stuff.. PS if it matters I'm 43 and my dad is 63 and I think its cool I have him addicted to FPS games..LOL I just want him to get the best bang for his money. Also I can't seem to get him to understand why he should let me build vs buy. I tried to explain to him that the prebuilt ones are cheaper components, So if you have something else I could tell him that is short and sweet so he understand that would be cool also. I'm going to out the link to the computer they want to buy at the bottom of my post.
Thank you very much for your time!
Scott

Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: 800.00

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, home use, internet

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: Brand New Build

Do you need to buy OS: Yes

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, or other does not matter to me

Parts Preferences: by brand or type Prefer Intel and Nvidia

Overclocking: No

SLI or Crossfire: Not at this time

Your Monitor Resolution: 1920 x 1080

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ideacentre-desktop-8gb-memo...$abcat0501000&cp=1&lp=1
December 31, 2013 9:08:26 PM

The only really bad things about that system would be the unspecified PSU (which is a big deal, since that means the PSU could be anything from a bottom of the barrel, bargain-basement thing to something made with quality. A horrible PSU, when it dies, can fry the entire PC after all!) and the old GPU.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2tC2I - Try this one. It actually is a bit similar to that Lenovo build, but with a SeaSonic 520w PSU and a PNY Nvidia GTX 660 GPU. With Windows 7, I didn't see an OS preference anywhere so that was the cheapest that showed up on partspicker. One thing it doesn't have, compared to the Lenovo PC, is a media card reader, but it probably wouldn't cost much to add one. The CPU is slightly faster as well, but that probably won't make much difference during gaming.
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January 1, 2014 6:31:03 PM

Thanks for the reply macgreen, I ended up going with the list below, just changed few things as i'm a Asus fan and ended up around $850.00.

ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit
Intel Core i5-4440 Haswell 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo)
ASUS Z77-A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 1
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM - OEM
SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM
Rosewill Galaxy-03 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Comp

Scott
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January 1, 2014 6:38:09 PM

Actually, you need a different motherboard. The Z77 series is made for Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge, not Haswell CPUs like the one you have there (they have different CPU sockets). The Z87 is what you'll want to look for, but they're even more expensive. I'd recommend an H87 instead- Z87s are for overclocking, which your CPU can't really do, as far as I'm aware. You could also try a B85 Mobo as well. You'll want to check out the features for each one and decide which to go with on your own, though.

Other than the mobo issue, it looks good. I'd be a little worried about the storage space, but that's good to get things going with.
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January 1, 2014 6:39:42 PM

X53Gunner said:
Thanks for the reply macgreen, I ended up going with the list below, just changed few things as i'm a Asus fan and ended up around $850.00.

ASUS GTX660-DC2O-2GD5 GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit
Intel Core i5-4440 Haswell 3.1GHz (3.3GHz Turbo)
ASUS Z77-A LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM
G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDR
SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 1
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM - OEM
SAMSUNG Black 18X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM SATA DVD-ROM
Rosewill Galaxy-03 Black Gaming ATX Mid Tower Comp

Scott

PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2u3H2
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2u3H2/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2u3H2/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: Asus H87-PLUS ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($109.97 @ OutletPC)
Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Asus GeForce GTX 760 2GB Video Card ($249.99 @ Microcenter)
Case: NZXT Source 210 (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($37.99 @ Microcenter)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 600W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($57.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($88.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $861.85
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-01-01 21:38 EST-0500)
760 is better then the 660
If you wan to stay in the 800 range with a really good gpu you might wan to go amd
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January 1, 2014 8:46:19 PM

Oops didn't see that, will have to order a H87 and send back the other mother board. Thanks for that info!!!! I wonder if I can change my order through NewEgg? Hmmm Thanks again!
Scott




macgreen said:
Actually, you need a different motherboard. The Z77 series is made for Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge, not Haswell CPUs like the one you have there (they have different CPU sockets). The Z87 is what you'll want to look for, but they're even more expensive. I'd recommend an H87 instead- Z87s are for overclocking, which your CPU can't really do, as far as I'm aware. You could also try a B85 Mobo as well. You'll want to check out the features for each one and decide which to go with on your own, though.

Other than the mobo issue, it looks good. I'd be a little worried about the storage space, but that's good to get things going with.


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