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March 11, 2011 3:12:23 PM

Hello, I recently built a PC for myself and to my surprise, my girlfriend took an interest in the games I was playing (EQ@, Rift, SC2) and wants a computer for herself to play alongside me.

She doesnt need anything fancy, just a solid gaming computer. So she wont be OC'ing or need dual gfx cards, doesnt need a sexy case, and any future upgrades/maintenance will probably be done by me... hurray.

So, Ive got the bare bones set in stone:

CM Silent Pro M600 http://bit.ly/Nmob5 ($70)
(2x4gbs) G.Skill Rip Jaws 1333 http://bit.ly/cHWVmm ($85)
i5-2500 http://bit.ly/f2IfxR ($210)
Windows 7 Home ($100)
Samsung Spinpoint 1tb http://bit.ly/hXZdRC ($65)

SUB TOTAL - $530

Need help choosing a mobo, case, and Gfx card. Should be enough left in her budget to get solid components, I think.

As always, thanks guys.
a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 4:10:16 PM

Hello hthero715;

What resolution monitor are we talking about?
Already have a DVD drive you can slip into the build?
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a c 90 B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 4:30:39 PM
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 11, 2011 5:39:58 PM

Just remember... if you're building for your girlfriend, no matter how good the components, it will start running slowly in about 7 days. She'll tell you she never went to any sites that looked suspicious. You'll find the malware and clear it for her. Soon thereafter you'll get have to deal with a virus you just can't shake without deleting key OS files. The PC will need a complete re-install of the OS. She'll continue to say she didn't do anything or go to any suspicious sites.

Knowing this ahead of time, you need to grab yourself a copy of Acronis and a second identical hard drive. Create an image of her drive on the second drive and put it away in the cupboard. This way, you can just keep a clean image that you can just pop in every time she jacks that mother up (from doing nothing, of course). When you pop the clean image in, re-image on the old drive. Repeat as necessary. Good luck and God bless.
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March 12, 2011 2:56:15 PM

Haha, yeah I already have a backup drive in my closet for just such an occasion.



This is what I have so far, just need to find a motherboard and a monitor to finish this up, unless anyone has some constructive criticism?

My only other thought was to drop the sandy bridge and go AMD to save money on the mobo/cpu. She is on somewhat of a budget and we are trying to squeeze as much performance out of $800 as possible.

Thanks again.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 12, 2011 3:06:47 PM

hthero715 said:
Haha, yeah I already have a backup drive in my closet for just such an occasion.

http://secure.newegg.com/Shopping/ShoppingCart.aspx?Submit=view

This is what I have so far, just need to find a motherboard and a monitor to finish this up, unless anyone has some constructive criticism?

My only other thought was to drop the sandy bridge and go AMD to save money on the mobo/cpu. She is on somewhat of a budget and we are trying to squeeze as much performance out of $800 as possible.

Thanks again.

Do you live near a Microcenter? They are giving away a motherboard with X4 955s these days. There are a few other Phenom models they are giving the motherboard away with, too?
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March 12, 2011 3:50:38 PM

Unfortunately, no. I wish I did as I always hear about pretty solid deals from there.
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a b B Homebuilt system
March 13, 2011 1:25:22 PM

Here's a good quick answer all with decent performance for around $750:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Every component is solid and provides quite a good setup.

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Just remember to get the extra black drive for another $60 or so. ;) 
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March 13, 2011 3:07:43 PM

For a graphics card I would recomend getting a ati radeon hd 6870. I have the previous hd 5770 and it runs most games maxed out (even gta iv but a little laggy)

good luck
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March 13, 2011 5:10:48 PM

ubercake said:
Here's a good quick answer all with decent performance for around $750:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?I...

Every component is solid and provides quite a good setup.

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Just remember to get the extra black drive for another $60 or so. ;) 


I liked everything in that build but thought I could squeeze a bit more out of the cpu. So, I basically have come up with this: and all I am waiting on is what kind of power supply to get. Im not sure what kind of wattage that set up needs, and I definitely dont want to cut corners on a psu but she wont be using two video cards ever.
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March 13, 2011 6:07:29 PM

This is what i ended up going with:

Thanks to everyone for their contributions and help, Tom's ftw.
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March 13, 2011 6:07:37 PM

Best answer selected by hthero715.
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February 3, 2012 9:06:47 PM

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