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Desync

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Looking to build my gf a casual desktop and get rid of her laptop.

I have an ANTEC 900 v2 case, power supply, HDD I can use. Mainly looking to grab a mobo, CPU, some ram, and a video card.

Basically all she does is play on FB, play some FB games, and browses Pintrest.

Was looking at getting this kit: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboBundleDetails.aspx?ItemList=Combo.1594324

but at the same time was wondering if there was anything similar in price range for cheaper / better.
 

trents

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I would go with an Intel i3 and and a a low end Z170 chipset, DDR4 2400 GSKill RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=2MN-0004-00002

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...3132571&cm_re=Z170_atx-_-13-132-571-_-Product

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231886

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231886

Actually, doesn't sound like she needs a video card if you go Intel i3 because the CPU has pretty good integrated graphics and the games she plays aren't demanding at all. If you go the AMD route you linked you will need to throw in the cost of a video card. The i3 will out perform the FX-6300 believe it or not.
 

trents

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Alaric's suggestion is a good one. It would be quite a step down in performance from the i3 but should be perfectly adequate for what your gf does. And yes, with the kind of computing she does, thowing in an SSD will make more difference than anything else.
 
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Desync

Desync

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Appreciate the replies, believe I will go with the I3 setup. That way I'll have enough power just in case she decides to step up to anything else. Now that she's happy getting a new PC I can finally order my water cooling setup I been looking at for the last few years without having to catch hell about it.
 

Alaric

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LOL. The i3 is definitely a step (or two) up from the APU, maybe three steps up. More future proofing there for sure. Will we get pics of the new water cooling set up? We like pics. :)
 
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Desync

Desync

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LOL. The i3 is definitely a step (or two) up from the APU, maybe three steps up. More future proofing there for sure. Will we get pics of the new water cooling set up? We like pics. :)

Of course you'll get pics, I had pics of my custom painted case I did on here on my old account. I'll try to find that thread for you in a sec.

I changed internet providers and when I did that I lost access to all my old accounts on just about every website I ever used since I can't request a password change cause my old email address no longer works. So instead of taking up admin's time on every website I use I just re-made new accounts.


EDIT: Case painting thread: http://www.overclockers.com/forums/showthread.php/728231-CM-HAF-X-Transformation
 
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Desync

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Nice! I wasn't aware you had a new account. Nice blast from the past on the Xfire graphics cards!

Still running both those cards right now. After I painted the case i sort of went into hiding for a bit cause I never got internet at that house. That entire thread was made from my iphone I had 3 years ago and me and her ended up breaking up 7 months after that thread was made and now here I am 3 years later with the same setup.

Well my PC started acting strange like 3 days ago, every time I would quit playing a game the whole comp would turn itself off and I would have to hit the power button to turn it back on. So I tore the entire PC apart and took every single part out and :(. I'm a bad PC owner, the corsair H110 had more dust inside of it than a dust factory on a dirt road. So I cleaned every single part back up to factory specs and cleaned the entire case out and put it all back together.

Got down to putting the H110 back in and oops, I couldn't find my thermal paste, guess I threw it away or lost it during the moving around 3 years ago. So I went and looked in my old box of PC parts I been dragging around the last few years and found the old box that my FX-8120 came in and inside the tin box was the fan / heatsink that came with it. Still brand new and shiny since I never used it cause I got the corsair H110. So I put it on and fired the PC back up and so far 0 problems.

So after I got it all back together and running again I started looking into custom water cooling loops and remembered, ever since I done that paint job thread I wanted to add a custom loop to my machine. So I started looking around and told her last night that I needed some money for new parts and she told me that whenever I get finished buying parts for my comp she wanted to get rid of her laptop and get a desktop. So I still had an HDD, power supply, and case left over from my previous build and told her that I would just order her some parts to build her a desktop and buy my water cooling system.

Without breaking the bank and just going to water cool the old 8120 at the moment I was looking at getting the XSPC Raystorm EX240 system to start out with.