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February 12, 2013 1:36:39 AM

Hi, I'm tryin to build a pc for my stepdad and he wants to stay around 300-400 dollars. He uses it mostly for office work so it doesnt have to be anything gaming calibre. this is what i have so far

CPU:AMD FX 6100 Black Edition 3.3GHz Six-Core Socket A
MOBO: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 770 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800)
HDD: Toshiba 320GB 5400 RPM sata 3gb
PSU: 480 watt that comes with the tower
Case: Logisys Mid Tower ATX Computer Case with 480 Watt
OPTICAL: LG super multi DVD Burner

Total for this is 341.34

My question is, is all this stuff good stuff for the price. I know the ram and optical are decent its the other stuff im questioning.Also unsure about the timing of buying it just trying to get some estimates on systems for him because at this point i think he is pretty well open on stuff other than the price. It has to be between 300 and 400.

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February 12, 2013 1:52:28 AM

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

with operating system
CPU: AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Xion XON-180 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $381.87
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 22:51 EST-0500)

without operating system
PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CYHG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CYHG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/CYHG/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD A6-3500 2.1GHz Triple-Core Processor ($67.98 @ SuperBiiz)
Motherboard: ASRock A55M-HVS Micro ATX FM1 Motherboard ($55.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($39.00 @ Amazon)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($49.98 @ Outlet PC)
Case: Xion XON-180 ATX Mid Tower Case ($24.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS72 DVD/CD Writer ($18.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $291.89
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-11 22:52 EST-0500)
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February 12, 2013 1:55:17 AM

thats a good build i think only thing i forgot to mention is i would like to go with microcenter for parts because there is one not far from me.
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February 12, 2013 2:56:33 AM

also is there a way i can get a decent intel build for around 300-400 dollars only thing not need is the monitor and keyboard and mouse. I'm thinking he wants an intel processor over the amd now and a midrange one. With a mobo that has plenty of options for future upgrade but i dont see a way without going over 400 dollars by almost a hundred dollars. (he thinks he needs a Hot Rod pc for web browsing and microsoft office)
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February 12, 2013 5:39:38 AM

jkak2009 said:
Hi, I'm tryin to build a pc for my stepdad and he wants to stay around 300-400 dollars. He uses it mostly for office work so it doesnt have to be anything gaming calibre. this is what i have so far

CPU:AMD FX 6100 Black Edition 3.3GHz Six-Core Socket A
MOBO: ASRock 970DE3/U3S3 770 AM3+ ATX AMD Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance Series 8GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800)
HDD: Toshiba 320GB 5400 RPM sata 3gb
PSU: 480 watt that comes with the tower
Case: Logisys Mid Tower ATX Computer Case with 480 Watt
OPTICAL: LG super multi DVD Burner

Total for this is 341.34

My question is, is all this stuff good stuff for the price. I know the ram and optical are decent its the other stuff im questioning.Also unsure about the timing of buying it just trying to get some estimates on systems for him because at this point i think he is pretty well open on stuff other than the price. It has to be between 300 and 400.


I have a very cheap build for a PC that would be perfect for your stepdad. It is very cheap and would serve him and his internet surfing needs for years to come!
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzwLSIs1M1k
If you buy an OS the total comes to about $360.
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February 12, 2013 8:57:00 AM

MICROCENTER

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz LGA 1155 Boxed Processor $49.99

MOBO: ASRock Z77 Pro3 1155 ATX Intel Motherboard $94.99

MEMORY: Corsair XMS3 4GB DDR3-1600 PC3-12800) CL9 Dual Cha $39.99

HARDDR: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 7,200 RPM SATA 6 $64.99

CASE: Thermaltake V3 Black Edition ATX Mid Tower Compute $34.99

PSU: Corsair Builder Series CX430 430 Watt ATX 12V Powe $54.99

DVD: ASUS DRW-24B1ST Internal DVDR/RW Burner $19.99

OS: windows 7 64 bit (oem) $94.99


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454.92 price does not include tax, rebates or shipping






PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D1tG
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D1tG/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/D1tG/benchmarks/

CPU: Intel Pentium G645 2.9GHz Dual-Core Processor ($67.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z77 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($97.55 @ Newegg)
Memory: Corsair XMS3 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($30.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL80001W2Z ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($17.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($99.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $439.48
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 06:06 EST-0500)







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February 12, 2013 9:41:34 AM

Personally I'd build an AMD build, just for the fact that the iGPU will be far superior to Intel's Pentium CPU's iGPU, but it's up to you.

Intel Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Pentium G860 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor ($68.24 @ Amazon)
Motherboard: ASRock Z75 Pro3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($76.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $308.63
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 06:20 EST-0500)

AMD Build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core Processor ($109.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard ($71.97 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($52.44 @ Amazon)
Case: Zalman Z5 ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($34.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224BB DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)
Total: $335.36
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-02-12 06:35 EST-0500)

A few notes to consider:
* Socket FM2 is the latest AMD chipset to support CPU's w/integrated GPU's (CPU + iGPU = APU).
* Your original build didn't have a GPU, so you would have needed to purchase one to complete you build (FX processors don't come with an iGPU).
* AMD's iGPU is far superior to Intel's iGPU's.
* Socket 1155 (Intel Sandy bridge/Ivy Bridge) will be replaced soon, but still has a long life ahead of it.
* Socket FM2 has limited CPU's, so keep that in mind. I would rather use an AM3+ based mobo for futures sake with a dedicated GPU.
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February 12, 2013 8:18:08 PM

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