Hi, I am going to build a machine for my brother who has been playing games on a 8 year old PC. He wants to get a budget PC for 500 or less. I have built him one on newegg, but I am not sure if it is worthy of the $500. The machine I built a year ago for myself was 575 and seems better than this machine, but I could be mistaken. Figured I would let you experts look at it give me your opinions which I very much appreciate.
Antec NEW SOLUTION SERIES VSK-3000 Black SGCC steel MicroATX Mini Tower Computer Case
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ASUS H81M-E LGA 1150 Intel H81 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
PowerColor AXR7 250X 1GBD5-HE Radeon R7 250X 1GB 128-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card
Model #:AXR7 250X 1GBD5-HE
Another $20 here gets a R7 260X, which would be a good step up. Note though, that this is a 250X, not a 250. It is going to be a lot better than whatever 8-yr old card your brother is using now.
Antec VP-450 450W ATX 12V v2.3 Power Supply - Intel Haswell Fully Compatible
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$49.99 -$10.00 Instant $39.99
Can handle this rig with any graphics card having a single 6-pin PCIe power cable.
G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 (PC3 10600) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-10600CL8D-4GBHK
If you have another $30, this is the first thing I'd upgrade, to a 2x4GB kit. That's because the motherboard only has two RAM slots.
Western Digital WD Blue WD5000AAKX 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Bare Drive - OEM
$59.99 -$5.00 Instant $54.99
ASUS DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS Black SATA 24X DVD Burner - Bulk - OEM
Model #: DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS
Item #: N82E16827135204
I don't care for that one. The mobo is old-tech, it has single-channel RAM, and the PSU is not good for longevity. The Corsair "CX" units were built with some inferior Samxon capacitors that do not like heat and are known for early failure. The case would be good though, and the video card certainly is too.
Yeah, but considering he won't be stressing the PSU or overclocking or anything like that at all, it won't really matter in this specific case. For gaming, the single channel RAM won't make much of a difference, and for what all is going into this system, the 780 series is plenty for what he needs. He's been gaming on the same computer for 8 years, it's still a huge upgrade, and will get him much, much better performance.