Approximate Purchase Date: He would like to build by the end of the week.
Budget Range: $600, but could go a little bit above (after rebates)
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming (WoW, some FPS, homework)
Parts Not Required: Monitor, Keyboard, Mouse, Speakers, OS
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Open, as long as they are reputable. Usually shop newegg, microcenter, tigerdirect, etc
Country of Origin: USA
Parts Preferences: Open, but I'm leaning towards AMD right now
Overclocking: Probably unlikely, especially to start.
SLI or Crossfire: Unlikely.
Monitor Resolution: Will be 1280 x 1024, but a monitor may be purchased for Christmas
Additional Comments: My boss has been out of the hardware game for some time. He asked me to help him select some parts so he and his son could build a computer for his son's birthday (end of October).
This is what I was thinking:
Athlon x4 640 + MSI 785g ( for $109.99
Phenom II x4 965 + MSI 785g for $169.99
for $159.99 (after $20 MIR)
2 x 2GB DDR3 - Muskin Silverline DDR3 1333:
for $66.99 (after $10 MIR)
7200.12 500GB HDD:
Basic Optical Drive - $18 - $20
Corsair 650w PSU:
- $90 ($81 after 10% off)
Antec 300 Illusion:
- $50 + $1.99 (after $15 MIR)
Any suggestions, changes? I'm trying to get him decent performance for under $600. I think I'm only at $580 before rebates or $525 after for the x4 640 system or a lot closer to $600 for the 965.
An integrated graphics card will be fine for a HTPC, but not for gaming. You will definately need a discrete GPU. With that budget system, an HD 5770 would be perfect but will take you over budget. Let your boss know this will be an excellent investment since there will be a monitor upgrade later and this will be fully capable of 1080p playback and resolutions up to 2560 x 1600.
For $20 more he can get the Spinpoint F3 1TB since it has a promotion on newegg right now.
batchuka's build is pretty decent, except for the biostar motherboard. Without combos, NEwegg has an AS Rock 880GM motherboard for $59.99, though its only USB 2 and SATA 2. Combined with the $99.99 X4 640, its about $12 more for that compared to his build.
Microcenter's free motherbord offers are probably a better deal.
Study closely what mobo MC combos the chips with - peeps blind to brands would just assume <insert 1st tier mobo here> is the bomb when clearly they could be outdated, inferior features for the $$ Any/every brand makes gems/lemons at various price point so dun buy into peeps passing off opinions for facts and suffer inferior performance the $$ You are welcomed ^^