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August 19, 2011 6:23:08 PM

So I've been upgrading my computer and selling off old parts to fund building my g/f an updated rig. She's currently using a laptop from 2002 connected to a screen via VGA cable, and she's barely able to play starcraft 1. So I figure if i'm upgrading my system it's time for hers too.

I currently have 6 gigs of ddr2 memory that can go towards the system. I wanna keep this build as cheap as humanly possible while still getting her a considerable upgrade in performance from her Dual core e4400 2gigs ddr2, intergrated mobile graphics, 250gig 5400rpm HDD.

Can someone suggest a build? a cheap/cute/cool case would be nice too.

Also, how do I avoid the cost of the OS... isn't there a way to skip that 100+ dollar nightmare lol.

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August 19, 2011 6:54:39 PM

i just built a new PC for my girlfriend

I got the microcenter combo deal (CPU+ mobo) for $90 total
4GB of DDR3 ram costs $30, you can cover that cost by selling your DDR2 ram
search newegg/microcenter open box for cheap HDD + video card
newegg has been selling win 7 for $80 every now and then otherwise its ubuntu for free

i ended up with this build
rosewill blackbone case - $40 - newegg (already owned one)
Phenom II x2 560 + gigabyte AM3 matx mobo $90 microcenter combo deal
2 x 2GB crucial 1333mhz DDR3 RAM $30 on sale - newegg
Samsung F3 500GB HDD - $35 - open box - microcenter
antec neo-eco 400w PSU - $30 on sale - newegg
ATI 5570 video card - $35 open box - newegg
MS windows 7 - $80 - newegg

not a bad build for less then $350
August 19, 2011 7:01:33 PM

Check my signature. I built my PC for around $350 which is serving me exceptionally well so far. :) 
You just need to add another 2GB RAM.
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August 19, 2011 7:09:28 PM

For the OS....find a college student and have him/her buy it for you for cheap.

If you can swing $382 (shipped), here's a decent rig...

CPU: AMD A6-3650 Llano 2.6GHz Socket FM1 100W Quad-Core Desktop APU AD3650WNGXBOX
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-A75M-UD2H FM1 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 HDMI Micro ATX AMD Motherboard

RAM: G.SKILL 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-4GBNQ

HDD: Seagate Barracuda ST3500413AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
Optical: SAMSUNG CD/DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-222AB - OEM

PSU: Antec EarthWatts Green EA-380D Green 380W Continuous power ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply

Case: NZXT GAMMA Classic Series GAMA-001BK Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
August 19, 2011 7:14:05 PM

PC for girlfriend- that might be a good trade. You can probably find a lot of guys that would trade you a good PC for your girlfriend. But don't call me, my wife wouldn't like that trade.
August 19, 2011 7:19:27 PM


where is the gpu? she's a gamer! :sarcastic: 
August 19, 2011 7:21:42 PM


Llano packs a powerful inbuilt GPU.
August 19, 2011 7:22:21 PM

AMD APU's have a gpu built into their CPU. not great graphic performance but much better then any IG mobo chip
August 19, 2011 7:23:45 PM

008Rohit said:

Llano packs a powerful inbuilt GPU.

...."powerful" compared to the competition? yes

will it beat a $65 ATI 5670 card? no
August 19, 2011 7:27:22 PM

I'd go with the A8 if you can somehow manage it so then you can add a low-end GPU to the mix somewhere down the line and run AMD's new Fusion IGP/GPU synergy thing.
August 19, 2011 7:37:36 PM

dirtyferret said:
...."powerful" compared to the competition? yes

will it beat a $65 ATI 5670 card? no

Good points, but one can add an HD 6670, HD 6570, or HD 6450 down the line for improved performance.
August 19, 2011 7:54:08 PM

This may sound bad but I'm willing to spend more if it benifits me as well. I was thinking maybe I can relinquish my asus p5qc / q6600 and get a mobo that can hold dual gpu and get out of the socket 775 arena. I can give her the asus board and the q6600 and get a replacment for myself.

Think that'd be a good idea actually, unless you guys think theres nothing wrong with my board and cpu.

If you think this is a good idea are there any good deals on an upgrade cpu/mobo combo from the q6600 for cheap?

I assume my gpu/ram/psu/case and all that wouldn't be effected by a switch in cpu/mobo?
August 19, 2011 8:01:59 PM

if you plan to build a new PC soon and can afford to, giving her your hand-me-down seems like a sensible approach.
August 19, 2011 9:08:04 PM

dirtyferret said:
if you plan to build a new PC soon and can afford to, giving her your hand-me-down seems like a sensible approach.

I agree.

Would you be able to help me with the 2nd part of my last post?

About which mobo/cpu to get, something that's an upgrade from the q6600 and an asus p5qc mobo? I play WoW, wanna play BF3, and Dota2.

I'd like an obvious upgrade but don't wanna have to pay for it, make sense? haha :) 
August 19, 2011 11:12:00 PM

well DDR3 ram is always cheap now, microcenter (if you live near one) has intel cpu+mobo combo deals. you can re-use your psu + case
August 19, 2011 11:29:26 PM

No no, I just need you to tell me your opinion on an upgrade from the q6600 / p5qc.

The rest of my equipment is staying put. I have 8gigs ddr3, 630watt psu, nice case, 1tb hdd, etc. I only need to know suggestions on an upgrade for my cpu/mobo so i can give my current cpu/mobo to my g/f.
August 19, 2011 11:45:28 PM

budget option

intel i5-2400 + H67 mobo from asrock

if you can splurge

i5-2500k + z68 from gigabyte, msi, asus

budget z68 option

when it comes to choosing a mobo, it really depends on your personal needs in PCI, PCI-E, internal USB 3, memory slots, etc., so get one that will do the job. I personally prefer gigabyte (followed by MSI & asus) but that does,'t mean biostar, ecs, foxconn, etc., can't do the job also.
August 19, 2011 11:50:31 PM

Can you explain what makes one worse over the other? Like what can it do over the other?
August 19, 2011 11:53:19 PM

both will give you great performance but the intel -5-2500k allows you to over clock the cpu with a P67 or Z68 mobo.

the i5-2400 can not be OC nor can you use a H67 mobo to OC

FYI, a real budget option is the i3-2100 CPU. it may be a dual core but will run circles around older quads and has hyper threading (4 virtual cores)

top cpus for WoW ( intel Q6600 would be similar to an athlon II x4 in performance)
August 20, 2011 2:40:43 AM

^^ Agree.

i3 2100 is a great budget CPU. :) 
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