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January 2, 2012 4:33:22 AM

Hello friends,

Below is a list of parts for a low budget PC that grandpa and grandson hope to build. Could you please take a look and see if the parts are suitable for a low end PC for general duties around the house?
Light video games, internet browsing, MS Flight/Train simulator.
NO on line gaming, movie downloads, SLI/XF, etc.
We raided our piggy banks and have about $700 to spend.
We thank you for any help and assistance.

Silverstone Strider Essential ST50F-ES 500W Power Supply ATX 24PIN 120MM Fan 34A 80+ Black

Antec Sonata III Black ATX 16IN Mid Tower Quiet Case 3X5.25 2X3.5 4X3.5IN 500W 120MM Fan

Samsung SH-222AL 22X DVD Writer SATA Lightscribe OEM

ASUS Radeon HD 6670 810MHZ 1GB 4GHZ DDR5 DVI HDMI DisplayPort DirectX 11 PCI-E Video Card

Mushkin Enhanced Silverline Stiletto 8GB 2X4GB PC3-10666 DDR3-1333 9-9-9-24 Dual Channel Memory Kit

MSI H61MA-E35 (B3) H61 mATX LGA1155 DDR3 1PCI-E16 2PCI-E1 SATA3 USB3 HDMI DVI VGA Motherboard

Intel Pentium Dual Core G850 Processor LGA1155 2.9GHZ 3MB Retail Box

Western Digital WD Caviar Blue 250GB SATA 6GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache 3.5IN Internal Hard Drive OEM

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64BIT SP1 DVD OEM

Grandpa
January 2, 2012 4:44:25 AM

That's not $700 yet, is it? It looks about 5 or 6.
Go AMD, I'd say. The X4 955 is $125 and probably worth it. Here's an $80 mobo to go with it.
I think a 6770 would be nice. It's a pretty big step up, and it'll handle any games currently available. This'll keep you for a couple of years.
The Antec 380 is a more efficient PSU. You don't need more than 380W.
You might want to get a bigger drive, like this $85 Seagate 500 gb, especially if you're going to keep a music/media collection on here. Space fills up over the years.
January 2, 2012 4:50:55 AM

Try the $600 build in my sig. a bit more performance for the same sort of money :) 

If you aren't that heavy on gaming, drop down to a HD6770 and save another $50. (check the $500 build).
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January 2, 2012 5:59:42 AM

What I would get.

PSU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
430w is more than enough for what your doing and since your not overclocking the locked model is fine. $45 with $10 rebate

HDD- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
500GB and one of the most reliable brands. $80

MoBo- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Fine for what you need and has USB 3.0 and comes with all the cables you will need.

CPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Locked i5 is fine and still faster than the AMD quad cores. Second fastest of the locked models i5 2400. $190

Memory- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
8BG of 1600 speed ram for a good price. $30

GPU- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
A good card for what you need. $107 with $15 rebate

Optical Drive- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Don't spend a lot on optical drive the cheaper that works the better. $16

Case- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $60 with $10 rebate
or- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... $65
Just comes down to personal preference. Both cases are very good. Don't spend more than this on a $750 computer $120 is way too much. Would add two fans for $16 with the Cooler Master case. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

OP- http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
Windows 64b to allow for the 8GB of memory. $100

The total is $746.98 shipped with the Cooler Master Case ($35 in rebates) and fans and $733.00 shipped with the Rosewill case ($25 in rebates).
January 2, 2012 6:16:16 AM

I'd go with a sandy bridge I5 because many sim games such as microsoft flight simulator are heavily dependant on the cpu, and if your under budget and going the LGA1155 route then an I5 will be extra money well spent IMO
January 2, 2012 9:51:23 AM

saratj1 said:
I'd go with a sandy bridge I5 because many sim games such as microsoft flight simulator are heavily dependant on the cpu, and if your under budget and going the LGA1155 route then an I5 will be extra money well spent IMO


To my knowledge, FSX likes only speed not cores. Why don't you get the AMD and OC to 4.5Ghz?
January 2, 2012 1:06:43 PM

irock97 said:
To my knowledge, FSX likes only speed not cores. Why don't you get the AMD and OC to 4.5Ghz?

The two CPUs have the same number of cores, and the 2500K is way faster. 955s don't reliably OC even to 4.0. The AMD would probably do fine, though.
January 2, 2012 2:11:05 PM

I noticed the case comes with a decent Antec 500 watt power supply, so you could skip the Silverstone. The Antec will be good enough.

Or you could opt for a similar case w/o the power supply and then get the Silverstone. Based on Newegg prices, this Antec case with the Silverstone would save a few bucks. The Silverstone is a better power supply.
January 2, 2012 2:47:24 PM

The 500W PSU that comes in the Sonata III is the 80+ bronze Earthwatts EA-500D, a very solid, quiet, and efficient PSU; I've seen no evidence to suggest that the Silverstone is better; it may be equal. The case itself is heavy, but extremely sturdy, and quiet. I used it for my wife's PC. The removable front dust filter is great.
This seems to me more about grandpa/grandson bonding than building for sheer performance, as such it will be hard to go wrong as long as all the parts work well together.
With no need to buy the separate Silverstone PSU, that does free up some money. My suggestions would be:
1. Get an i3 CPU like the i3-2105. I can't help but think of the Pentiums as cripples. As a lightweight machine, I don't think it needs an i5, but that's another option.
2. For little more than the HD6670, get a HD6770 or HD6850, especially if your monitor is 1920x1080. If your monitor is 1440x900, 1368x768, or 1280x1024, your original HD6670 will be fine for this machine's stated purposes.

Have fun, and enjoy your project.

January 2, 2012 3:20:14 PM

Antec's about as good as it gets at low wattages.
January 2, 2012 3:39:49 PM

To all who responded:
Thank you very much for the advice. It gives us lots of valuable help.
G./G.
January 2, 2012 4:03:59 PM

Good luck with the build then. Hope you have a fun time building it together.
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