$510 Game Build for my Sister

After successfully building my first computer, my sister decided it was time for her to get into PC gaming. Instead of building one herself, she asked if I could pick out parts and put one together for her. I managed to find decent components that fit her budget, but considering that I'm new to PC building, I would like feedback from more experienced people.

Is this a good build for the price, or can I do better with this budget ($510)? My sister isn't big on graphics, she just wants to be able to play new games.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j6Nh

Edit:

Build Time: I plan to build it in the next month
Mandatory Items: USB 3.0 compatibility
Operating System: Yes, the budget in cludes Windows 7
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  1. id get this. APUs are my recommendation for lower end builds
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jgoc
  2. TheBigTroll said:
    id get this. APUs are my recommendation for lower end builds
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jgoc


    That build is missing a video card. lol
  3. its intergrated. and its very good intergrated. thats what a APU is lol
  4. @RabbleRuh: you selected 1600 1,65 volt RAM which won't work on a sandy/ivy bridge let alone a pentium.
    @BigTroll: sorry boss a gt640+G850>A 10-5800K in gaming.

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: Biostar H61MGC Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 Memory ($33.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: MSI GeForce GT 640 2GB Video Card ($86.98 @ NCIX US)
    Case: Rosewill REDBONE U3 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($24.99 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Lite-On iHAS124-04 DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ SuperBiiz)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.56 @ Amazon)
    Total (before mail-in rebates): $489.67
    Mail-in Rebates: $-30.00
    Total: $459.67
  5. Either of the above systems are good. Your first shot at it was pretty good for a newbie too!

    Since you will have a relatively low-heat system -- are you sure you don't want to pick out (or let her pick out) a slightly more attractive case that that Rosewill?

    Edit: here is a cheap idea:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076
  6. If you can fit a HD7750 into the build, I think your sister would be a little happier with the games it could play reasonably well.
    What [types of] games does she want to play?
  7. with APU its built in video card chipset and it will save you money from buying a video card
  8. deadlockedworld said:
    Either of the above systems are good. Your first shot at it was pretty good for a newbie too!

    Since you will have a relatively low-heat system -- are you sure you don't want to pick out (or let her pick out) a slightly more attractive case that that Rosewill?

    Edit: here is a cheap idea:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076


    now it comes with
    free shipping + usb 3.0 front panal vs better reviews at the newegg

    but then I haven't read any of the details and have no idea what the bad reviews are about yet

    I'd like too see more comparison about Trinity vs low-end intel + low end display... Trinity is pretty new (in market) atm
  9. the gt640+ g850 does cost a small bit more than the APU and uses more power (by a bit)
  10. Sorry that I took so long to respond, I had some business to take care of.
  11. deadlockedworld said:
    Either of the above systems are good. Your first shot at it was pretty good for a newbie too!

    Since you will have a relatively low-heat system -- are you sure you don't want to pick out (or let her pick out) a slightly more attractive case that that Rosewill?

    Edit: here is a cheap idea:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811146076


    I'm looking for a case that is USB 3.0 compatible. Also, she doesn't really care about looks, she just wants to play on it.
  12. Onus said:
    If you can fit a HD7750 into the build, I think your sister would be a little happier with the games it could play reasonably well.
    What [types of] games does she want to play?


    Action RPG's, MMO's, and anything that myself or her friends recommend.
  13. TheBigTroll said:


    Thanks, that should still fit with the budget of the best build in this thread.
  14. A sandy pentium and gtx640 are nice but cost more than an A10-5800K. The A10 also has 4 cores which could prove to be useful for future games. I vote for the APU. I'm too lazy to put together a list of parts for you, lol. I've seen "TheBigTroll's" work in many threads and I trust his judgement... ;)
  15. RabbleRuh said:
    Thanks, that should still fit with the budget of the best build in this thread.

    it will. its cheap but then you will need another motherboard to have usb 3.

    like this
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157332&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=
  16. TheBigTroll said:


    Yeah, I was just going to buy the same MoBo that I had since it is USB 3.0, but it didn't fit the budget. Your option is nice.
  17. at $500 budget build you could probably squeeze in a 7770. I'll be back in a bit with what parts I used in my recent build.
  18. http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jhXb

    or the beast

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji0s

    The 6870 will kill the 7750/70 in the other builds. CPU is decent, Corsair PSU, 8 GB of 1600 MHz RAM.
  19. This is basically my build feel free to adjust it to your suiting, I didn't have to buy windows so I added an i3 and a NZXT guardian case to it ^_^ http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji2T
  20. Want to take a look at my suggestion build?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $513.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    $3 over your budget... I don't think you would mind just that $3 right?
  21. ipwn3r456 said:
    Want to take a look at my suggestion build?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $513.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    $3 over your budget... I don't think you would mind just that $3 right?


    I think my sister wouldn't mind being $3.00 over the budget. How well does that video card hold up against the others that were suggested?
  22. Quote:
    DUDE YOU MUST GET A I7-3970K THAT'S THE ONLY CPU THAT WILL WORK NOW


    Stop trolling at Tomshardware... You do realized that how much a I7-3930k cost right?
  23. Quote:
    DUDE YOU MUST GET A I7-3970K THAT'S THE ONLY CPU THAT WILL WORK NOW


    hur hur im so good at trolling hur durr
  24. RabbleRuh said:
    I think my sister wouldn't mind being $3.00 over the budget. How well does that video card hold up against the others that were suggested?


    It's about the same performance as the HD 6870. And better than other ones they posted (HD 7750, GT 640).
  25. the 7770 is no where close to the 6870. the 7770 performs around the same as a 6850 if not worse but is very efficient
  26. ipwn3r456 said:
    It's about the same performance as the HD 6870. And better than other ones they posted (HD 7750, GT 640).


    Hehe, you forgot to give him a HDD. That's why it was only $513!!
  27. stickg1 said:
    Hehe, you forgot to give him a HDD. That's why it was only $513!!


    It has a HDD, 500GB Seagate...
  28. mastrom101 said:
    It has a HDD, 500GB Seagate...


    Quote:
    Want to take a look at my suggestion build?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $513.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    $3 over your budget... I don't think you would mind just that $3 right?


    I don't see a 500GB HDD in there.
  29. Sorry for a huge mistake. I modified the build again, check it out.

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jiiK
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jiiK/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jiiK/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Pentium G850 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Patriot Viper 3 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($28.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.99 @ NCIX US)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master Elite Power 460W ATX12V Power Supply ($27.98 @ Newegg)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $508.51
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
  30. RabbleRuh said:
    After successfully building my first computer, my sister decided it was time for her to get into PC gaming. Instead of building one herself, she asked if I could pick out parts and put one together for her. I managed to find decent components that fit her budget, but considering that I'm new to PC building, I would like feedback from more experienced people.

    Is this a good build for the price, or can I do better with this budget ($510)? My sister isn't big on graphics, she just wants to be able to play new games.

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/j6Nh

    Edit:

    Build Time: I plan to build it in the next month
    Mandatory Items: USB 3.0 compatibility
    Operating System: Yes, the budget in cludes Windows 7


    Want to play new games? Which new games?
  31. vitornob said:
    Want to play new games? Which new games?


    Of course she wants to play new games. I know for sure that she'll be looking to get Assassin's Creed 3. Since she's new to PC gaming, she'll be looking to me and her friends for more game recommendations. She doesn't care about playing games at super high settings.
  32. You do NOT want a Crappermaster PSU!! They are only a notch above junk, generally not capable of outputting what is on their labels, or doing it cleanly; and they are not efficient. A $45 380W Antec Earthwatts will be sufficient for this build. There's a Corsair "Builder" model that is even cheaper if you play the rebate game (and win).
    MMOs and RPGs tend to focus more heavily on the CPU than a lot of shooters do. Take a look at the analysis of Guild Wars 2. While my primary rig is dead, I've been playing it with "good" settings (better than balanced, less than max) on a HD7770.
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/guild-wars-2-performance-benchmark,3268.html
    Because of your sister's focus on this type of game, I would suggest you stick to Intel for the CPU.
  33. mastrom101 said:
    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/jhXb

    or the beast

    http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji0s

    The 6870 will kill the 7750/70 in the other builds. CPU is decent, Corsair PSU, 8 GB of 1600 MHz RAM.


    What about the second build with this card?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814161426

    Would it fit that case or this case?

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811129181&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID=

    This one has more space for graphic cards or am i wrong (19.30" x 7.50" x 16.70" vs 17.2" x 8.2" x 19.2")?

    Edit: The shipping is $6.98 so it will be some dollars over budget.
  34. stickg1 said:
    Quote:
    Want to take a look at my suggestion build?

    PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n
    Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/by_merchant/
    Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/ji5n/benchmarks/

    CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 3.1GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
    Motherboard: EVGA 120-SB-E672-KR Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($34.99 @ Newegg)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 560 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: Cooler Master Elite 430 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Cooler Master eXtreme Power Plus 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($37.98 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Samsung SH-222BB/BEBE DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ CompUSA)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit) ($92.60 @ Amazon)
    Total: $513.52
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)

    $3 over your budget... I don't think you would mind just that $3 right?


    I don't see a 500GB HDD in there.


    his build doesn't, mine does though.
  35. Anonymous said:
    @RabbleRuh: you selected 1600 1,65 volt RAM which won't work on a sandy/ivy bridge let alone a pentium.



    So, what's the volt limit for RAM on a pentium? I read it was 1.50, I just want to make sure that is correct.
  36. for all intel chips its 1.5v
  37. RabbleRuh said:
    Of course she wants to play new games. I know for sure that she'll be looking to get Assassin's Creed 3. Since she's new to PC gaming, she'll be looking to me and her friends for more game recommendations. She doesn't care about playing games at super high settings.



    Thought this might help newegg has done good gpus on sale the AMD 7750 is 89 bucks the 7770 is 105 after Mir and the 7870 is 195 after Mir personally though get the the 7770 if she ever plans to play games like barman birderlands or bf3 its well worth the 50 bucks
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