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July 16, 2012 8:58:15 PM

I'm building a PC for my dad. He won't be doing any heavy gaming on it or anything so I kept it around 400$. I just want to know what you guys think. Thanks

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ciqI <---link to build

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July 16, 2012 10:26:32 PM

Please list the parts as I can not view the list...

(Im at work, not allowed to view website)
July 16, 2012 11:03:58 PM

Alright looking at it on a different machine now... Honestly I wouldnt recommend it. I think you may want to invest in a APU machine if this is your price range.

Case: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 29.99

PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 39.99

Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 49.99 ($10 MIR)

CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 119.99 (If this is too much get a A6 and later add a video card)

RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 44.99 (You can get just 4GB if you want or slower speed to cut a little off)

HD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 69.99

DVD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 17.99 (You can do without one of these if you want... just use USB storage devices)

Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 89.99

Keyboard/Mouse: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 16.99

Speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... 24.99

Total Price: $504.90

I think this would perform much better, and also give you upgradeability... by simply adding http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/ite... you have made it where it can play any reasonable game just fine.
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July 16, 2012 11:31:51 PM

I like that build, but my Dad is pretty stuck on not going over 400$. Is there a build that would be a better value at that price point? Sorry, I should have been more clear with that. Thanks
July 16, 2012 11:36:03 PM

Basically I'm looking for the most power and reliability for under 400$. :) 

Edit: and it should be fairly future-proof.
July 16, 2012 11:45:41 PM

Actually nevermind. I see that you included a monitor, keyboard, and mouse in there. I already have those so that makes this under 400$. Great, thanks.
July 17, 2012 12:06:10 AM

Well your build was not complete. My build includes monitor keyboard mouse, that is worth $100 right there... If its still a little much I gave you some sudjestions to lower the price point. A good place to start is getting a A6 instead of a A8, you will lose a little on the video end, but like I stated if you find that its not able to keep up with your video demands add a 6670 video card in and do the crossfire thing and that would give it a big boost. Also if you dont want speakers, thats $20... If your going super basic and already have some of the stuff its well under $400.

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July 17, 2012 12:08:27 AM
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$400 bucks is asking a lot for a "futureproof" computer, especially when futureproofing is largely a myth in the first place.

I agree with Jefferey though, between his build and your build, his is a much better value. Dad's expectations of what $400 can do for him, needs.... an upgrade :lol: 
July 17, 2012 6:00:19 PM

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July 17, 2012 6:04:47 PM

nekulturny said:
$400 bucks is asking a lot for a "futureproof" computer, especially when futureproofing is largely a myth in the first place.

I agree with Jefferey though, between his build and your build, his is a much better value. Dad's expectations of what $400 can do for him, needs.... an upgrade :lol: 


When I say "future-proof" I don't mean indefinitely, just 4 or 5 years. And yeah he most certainly does. :D 

Also yes, I agree that the apu style build is a much better choice for my dad who will really only be using it to watch movies, surf the web, and play flash games.
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