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Wassup my beloved TPU community. :rockout:

I have been charged with the task of building my 10 year old cousin his first gaming computer. I've been given a $500-600 budget. Only thing I need is the tower. Monitor, KB, mouse, and OS are covered. So far, this is what I'm looking at-

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Tur...

ASRock B75 PRO3 LGA 1155 Intel B75 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s...

Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 ...

HIS H777F1G2M Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition 1GB 128-b...

PC Power and Cooling Silencer MK III 500W Modular ...

COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus RR-B10-212P-G1 "Heatp...

Arctic Silver CMQ2-2.7G Céramique 2 Tri-Linear Cer...

NZXT Source 210 S210-001 Black “Aluminum Bru...

price- $603.92
 

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I am gonna go out on a limb here and say he probably wont be OCing so why not this build

I3-2120 2core 4thread
H61 motherboard
2x4GB DDR3-1333mhz (<cheaper)
AMD 6870

Then the case/cooler/PSU I would leave the same.

What do you think? It would save money were you can get a better GPU.
 

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no problem with changing boards and PSU, but I have to ask why the RAM change. The RAM I have selected has the same specs, but is less expensive.

I am gonna go out on a limb here and say he probably wont be OCing so why not this build

I3-2120 2core 4thread
H61 motherboard
2x4GB DDR3-1333mhz (<cheaper)
AMD 6870

Then the case/cooler/PSU I would leave the same.

What do you think? It would save money were you can get a better GPU.
They want a computer that will be able to keep up with modern games for the next 3-4 years with maybe GPU upgrade. He'll more than likely be using a 1680*1050 monitor The budget is not set in stone. I can go over, so I'm more looking for getting the best I can now. For that, I think the actual quad core will fill the role better than the HT dual core.

Isn't the 7770 about the same performance as the 6870, while using less electricity?
 

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They want a computer that will be able to keep up with modern games for the next 3-4 years with maybe GPU upgrade. He'll more than likely be using a 1680*1050 monitor The budget is not set in stone. I can go over, so I'm more looking for getting the best I can now. For that, I think the actual quad core will fill the role better than the HT dual core.

Isn't the 7770 about the same performance as the 6870, while using less electricity?
Then you can probably get away with the I5-2300 if its alittle cheaper.

The 7770 is alittle below a 6850 so the 6870 is quite faster in games. The chart below shows performance comparisons.

 

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Get cheaper CPU (i3), PSU (Corsair CX430?), mobo (Asrock/Biostar H61 mATX board), case (Xclio, Apevia, HEC), then replace the 7770 with a 7850. :p
 

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Id keep the build as is, skip on the CPU cooler as the stock cooler (since it wont be OC'd) is fine. Use the money saved to go from a 7770 to a 7850.
 

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Yea a used 6950 would be the best bet or a 560 TI
But in another aspect, he's also getting a copy of Dirt Showdown. Which right now goes for like $40.
 

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But in another aspect, he's also getting a copy of Dirt Showdown. Which right now goes for like $40.
most of the 6870's come with dirt as well :)
 
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If you're stuck with going with the 7770, I recommend getting the Sapphire Vapor-X card, cooling is a lot better, while I doubt he would OC it at all, it comes factory overclocked and I've just always liked Sapphire the best for AMD cards.
 

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Barb!!!

Watch the upcoming Shellshockers. You got both an OCZ PSU & a RipjawZ kit.
 
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No point in the cooler, rest is good but GPU has to be the 6870, best bang for the buck right now, 30$ more than the 7770 and it smokes that card. The 7850 is around 100$ more so way over budget.
 

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No point in the cooler, rest is good but GPU has to be the 6870, best bang for the buck right now, 30$ more than the 7770
Actually you do make a solid point.

+1 to this
Skip the cooler and go up to the 6870.
 
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If you're stuck with going with the 7770, I recommend getting the Sapphire Vapor-X card, cooling is a lot better, while I doubt he would OC it at all, it comes factory overclocked and I've just always liked Sapphire the best for AMD cards.
I'm not stuck on the 7770, infact I'm not even stuck with going with Intel. I'm open to any suggestions.

Jr, I'd like to only use new parts to make any warranty use as easy as possible. Like I said in our PM's, I won't be available for any hands-on maintaince since I'm in VA and the computer is going to Mississippi and a ten year old kid will be it's owner.

Here's what I'm looking at now-





Opps, forgot to drop the thermal paste. Drop the thermal paste and its' cost from that.
 
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If you have a Microcenter anywhere near you, you can buy an i5-2500k for $169.
 
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>.>
 

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F-CK, I forgot needing a HD and DVD drive.
 
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Well Asus' optic drive is $18, and a decent size HDD is like $70.

#edit: Just saw Jr's post, nice deal.