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Old September 18, 2012, 10:36 AM
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My System Specs


Originally Posted by Kingsix View Post
This is just a quick run up using pcpartpicker and by no means did I completely research how good a lot of this is compared to your build. But its an Intel chip with an Nvidia GPU
CPU Intel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz Quad-Core $219.99
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-Z77M-D3H-MVP Micro ATX LGA1155 $89.99
Memory G.Skill Value Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1333 $33.49
Storage Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM $56.61
Video Card EVGA GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB $84.99
Case Antec Three Hundred ATX Mid Tower $29.88
Power Supply Antec 400W ATX12V / EPS12V $29.88
Keyboard Logitech K120 $11.02
Mouse Logitech M100 Wired Optical $9.99
Total: 565.84

Or if you like AMD GPUs
MSI R7750-PMD1GD5/OC - Radeon 7750 1GB for $92.15

Its more costly than your build seeing as it still needs a monitor

I understand that you care about hardware, so put some power in there and give him a black box. And just looking at Kijiji here in Edmonton quick I don't think it would be hard to find a decent LCD monitor for under $50 if you keep your eyes open for a deal and whiddle the price down a bit.
Anyway, just wanted to post it up for another type of option for you. Good luck. No matter what you build I am sure the young man will be EXTREMELY happy.
Ya... if I'm getting an i5, I'll be putting it in MY rig and using my AMD Hex-core in the kid's rig.

And that may actually be an option. It would be a little more money, but I get an upgrade, and the boy gets a machine of his own. I would definitely have to go discrete GPU if I were to do that. I do like the idea though.

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;
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