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May 15, 2014 7:11:46 AM

So I’m looking to build my son a PC. He’s 12, so his gaming needs are kind of all over the place. He will primarily play Minecraft with mods and older emulators, though some of them are pretty CPU intensive. We have a budget of about $650-700. No OS or monitor needed. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far, but I need to add a strong wireless networking card as his computer will be a good distance from the router. I know this build is overkill for Minecraft, but he’s starting to get into the more mature games like Batman and I’m sure that’s going to continue. My goal with the PC is to make it so we can basically get him a new GPU or crossfire in 2 years and maybe add upgrade the processor, but otherwise keep what we have. I would definitely like to keep it an Intel build as I know they do better than AMD emulator wise and that is really important to him. That motherboard may be overkill so if there is something cheaper that will do the trick and allow crossfire down the road I’m all ears. Also should I be locking at Z97 instead of Z87 to future proof a bit more with the new Hasewells?

I don’t anticipate overclocking at all. As such do I need a CPU cooler or will the stock one work?

One thing I did note was PC parts picker keeps telling me with every case I pick that my motherboard has an onboard USB3/0 header but the case doesn’t have front USB 3.0 ports. Maybe there is a better case you can recommend. I was looking at the HAF 912 but it seems to have the same issue. I’m not concerned about size, in fact I like the bigger cases and he has plenty of room for it.

If there is anything else I need like cables if you could let me know that would be great. I’m somewhat of a novice to this but I think I can tackle it.

Thanks in advance for the help, if there is anything else I can answer let me know. I’m ready to buy today.

http://pcpartpicker.com/user/johnnyblaze26/saved/4G3M

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May 15, 2014 7:33:32 AM

The onboard usb 3.0 problem is always there. (well... almost always.) You can always connect a usb 3.0 device at the back panel.

so if you want a cheaper motherboard with crossfire support ONLY (no RAID, no SLI) here's what I got:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Kt6m


If you want a Z87 board that supports RAID,Crossfire and SLI Here:
http://pcpartpicker.com/p/3Jbje

Your choice.
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May 15, 2014 8:05:45 AM

I would not get a Z87 board for this at all. It is a waste.

Get the cheapest i5 you can, and a b85 motherboard. Use the saved money to get a better GPU and a better PSU. (Corsair CX are not great.) Get an XFX 550 instead.
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May 15, 2014 9:26:44 AM

This would work well for your son:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-4440 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($175.50 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B85 Pro4 ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($69.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($56.98 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 270X 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($182.94 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 220 ATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($16.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $682.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-05-15 12:23 EDT-0400)

This is basically your build updated with tiny voices recomendations + the gpu I would go for. If you can go over your budget you could grab a gtx 760 which would perform great (but no CF and SLI mobos are more expensive).
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May 15, 2014 11:43:41 AM

Ok, so I'll make the recommended changes you guys mentioned above and basically model Numanator's build.

Do you guys have any wifi card recommendations? I know Killer is popular in the laptop world, not sure about desktops.
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May 15, 2014 1:40:58 PM

I would get an ASUS. They seem to fair the best. Wifi add-on cards are always a crap shoot and never really work 100% of the time perfectly.
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