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Is this a good build?

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

    (Im at work, not allowed to view website)
  2. 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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1636710&sku=U12-41570 29.99

    PSU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3276575&sku=ULT-LSP450 39.99

    Motherboard: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2713118&sku=M452-8441 49.99 ($10 MIR)

    CPU: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1723935&sku=A79-3870 119.99 (If this is too much get a A6 and later add a video card)

    RAM: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7114146&sku=P33-5305 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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7281716&sku=TSD-500AAKX 69.99

    DVD: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2060900&sku=L49-8006%20OEM 17.99 (You can do without one of these if you want... just use USB storage devices)

    Monitor: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=1068941&sku=A179-2043 89.99

    Keyboard/Mouse: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6420859&sku=L23-0083 16.99

    Speakers: http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3832359&sku=L23-8622 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/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2166147&CatId=7005 you have made it where it can play any reasonable game just fine.
  3. I like that build, but my Dad is pretty stuck on not going over 400$. Is there a build that would be a better value at that price point? Sorry, I should have been more clear with that. Thanks
  4. Basically I'm looking for the most power and reliability for under 400$. :)

    Edit: and it should be fairly future-proof.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Best answer
    $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:
  8. Best answer selected by jake_larkee.
  9. 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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