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deathfromup 58 months ago


This is the list i threw together for a 400 dollar budget. The reason that it is a "high pressure" build is because it is for my girlfriend's boss's 15 yo kid. If this build doesn't perform up to standards there is a very real possibility that i will be put in the dog house lol.

The list is 20 bucks over budget but i am willing to go a little over to make good worthwhile improvements. only about 20-30 over tho. CPU is kinda up in the air, not sure if i wanna go with a 6300 or the 4130 i have now. Also not too sure about the mobo it was just the cheapest one really. PSU is 26 with a targeted email coupon code from newegg. Let me know how you would do this build differently or some suggestions on the CPU issue.

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liqgranite 3 Builds 2 points 58 months ago

If for gaming and school work this would perform nicely:

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

Type Item Price
CPU Intel Pentium G3220 3.0GHz Dual-Core Processor $56.99 @ Amazon
Motherboard MSI H81M-E33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard $44.99 @ Micro Center
Memory A-Data XPG V2 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory $69.99 @ Amazon
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 320GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive $34.89 @ Amazon
Video Card XFX Radeon R9 270 2GB Double Dissipation Video Card $154.99 @ NCIX US
Case Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case $39.99 @ Newegg
Power Supply XFX 550W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply $25.99 @ Newegg
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available $427.83


deathfromup submitter 6 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

I like that you squeezed in a better GPU. How does the g220 perform in comparison to the 4130? I found out some more info about what games he plays and they are mostly CPU bound (league of legends and WoW). So im thinking maybe i should keep the i3 if that's the case. This is definitely an option tho.

Mirrorworld 3 Builds 1 point 58 months ago

Looks good.

ragnarokxg 1 point 58 months ago

Well I did a quick look and decided for what you are using you can get a little more bang for your buck. I also noticed you didn't have a disc drive so I added one in. What OS are you putting on this machine?

Well here is what I came up with and it is a budget build but has some bang behind it: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/xNhwkL

QuantumEssence 1 Build 2 points 58 months ago

Why a $100 case? Why not just get a $30 case like the original and then invest the remaining $70 into the GPU or CPU?

ragnarokxg 1 point 58 months ago

Because it is for a 15 year old kid and if I know anything about building PC's for teenagers it should not only play pretty damn good it should look good also. The bitfenix case is a nice looking case. And it comes with a PSU which offsets the price anyways. But if the OP wants to change it and put the money elsewhere he is free to. My build is just a suggestion.

But if it is too much then go with this: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/7VjDkL

ragnarokxg 1 point 58 months ago

I also modified it so you can do Crossfire with the APU and also have an SSD in there. This should make the system fly even more.