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Old September 17, 2012, 07:20 AM
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My System Specs

Default New Xmas build for my Stepson

So my stepson likes to play Spore on my computer (taking away from Skyrim time, but what am I to do?). He's also expressed interest in Minecraft, but I've determined that if I install Minecraft on my rig, I can just forget about playing skyrim again. Ever. Because the boy will always be on it.

So, I've decided (and more importantly, convinced the wife) that I'd like to build a small, low end rig for him and give it to him as a Christmas present.

The rig will be used to play spore, Minecraft, and other 'low horsepower' games such as the Lego series (he's eleven). As such, to keep costs down, I think I'd like to build him an IGP system for now, and if he gets into FPS's/RPG's in a few years, I'll be able to just throw in a mid-range graphics card and call it a day.

Budget is a consideration, as we have a baby due in October. I can't go crazy with parts, hence the need for an IGP build. I'd like to keep it around the $600 mark, including, if possible, a monitor. If any of you can build me an Intel build with a video card for that mark, please let me know.

I'll probably be waiting a month or two to build this, so while I'll be spec'ing Llano right now, if Trinity comes out in the meantime, and is well priced, I may just as well go Trinity. Anyways, onwards to the build:

Asus F1A55-M LE mATX FM1 APU Motherboard - $63.99
AMD A8-3870K Black APU - $99.99
Stock Cooler - Will add Coolermaster Hyper 212 after build is complete
G.Skill Ripjaws X 2x4GB DDR3 - 1866 RAM $54.64
WD Caviar Blue 250GB HDD $61.88
Bitfenix Shinobi Windowed ATX Mid Tower Case - $69.99
XFX 450W Core Edition 80Plus Bronze Powersupply - $59.99
LG E2242C-BN 21.5" Monitor - $109.99
Logitech M110 Mouse - $19.99
Logitech K120 Keyboard - $16.99

Total: $557.45 plus taxes, shipping.

Ram upped to 1866
Aftermarket cooler replaced with Stock cooler
DVD Drive removed
Monitor replaced with 21.5" LG
PowerSupply replaced with XFX unit.

Alternative #1:

Same build as above, except: replace the APU/FM1 board with a i5, 1155 board and a 7770. Put the i5 in my computer, and put my AMD hex-core in the boy's machine.

ASUS P8Z77-V ATX Motherboard - $146.99
Intel Core i5 3570K - $219.99
MSI Radeon HD7770 - $119.99

Total (including the rest of the original build): $923.81. BUT, I get to upgrade my processor!

HTPC: Z77A-G45; 3770K; Zalman FX70; 2x4GB Kingston HyperX 1600Mhz; MSI GTX960; 2x 128GB Crucial M4 SSD; 4TB WD Red, 2x 2TB WD Green; Corsair RM650I; Corsair Carbide 600C;
Son's Rig: M5A97; FX8350; CNPS20LQ; 2x4GB Corsair Vengeance 1600Mhz; Powercolor 7950; 250GB Crucial MX200; 320GB WD Black HDD; SPI 700W; Bitfenix Shinobi;

Last edited by great_big_abyss; September 18, 2012 at 10:55 AM.
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