You also had a significantly larger budget.
Considering your build includes about 250 dollars worth of things people don't always list (windows, monitor, wireless card), this is a great build! You won't have much gaming power, but as you said that's not your priority. If you ever do want to game, you have the PSU for an upgrade!
Cheaper motherboard and cooler would have opened your budget up to a graphics card.
Nice build. Now all you need is clear tubing and blue water, then it truly would have blue blood.
Great to see an AM1 build. What do you have for the OS and how well does it run?
I would replace it. CoolMax is known to be a very unreliable brand and some of their PSUs are rated a few hundred watts too high. Why take a risk with your baby when you can save it for a 70 bucks. :)
Clean your desk. >.>
Considering the age of some of the parts (mainly the 560 ti) I suspect that those are parts s/he had lying around.
Not to mention the fact that he is water cooling it instead of using the fan.
Tell me how that goes. I've been considering overclocking, but I need to work out the airflow first.
I have that motherboard too. All of it's features are really nice.
Lol. Maybe you could just give them this computer.
Don't you have student loans to pay off?
Would have gone with a FX6300, but otherwise it looks good. This the LED, that case looks epic. Like something out of a (really cool) video game.
Thanks for the clarification. I realize now that I could have answered my question with a little more research.
Alright, thanks for the clarification. That's the first GHz Nvidia I've seen.
What graphics card do you actually have? Your parts list says 780, but your pictures say GHz Edition which suggests AMD.
Your link is broken so I can't see what you have. I am an obsessive Microcenter lover, so I know their deals in and out and I wanted to see what I could do. You can find my build at http://pcpartpicker.com/user/Red_dino/saved/4920.
Check your local Microcenter for open box offers. You can get disc drives for ~$10 and you may be able to grab Windows 8 for ~$80.
CPU/MOBO: The 7850k offers graphics performance on par with the 7750, so it's great for light gaming. As an added bonus, it comes with BF4. Motherboard has lots of upgrade room including 6 SATA III, 2 PCI-E, and 4 RAM slots (that have support for very high clocked RAM). Microcenter is one of the best stores to be constrained to because of their excellent combo deals.
SSD: I'm guessing that your mother won't be eating storage, so a very reasonably priced 240GB SSD is completely worth it. You said she wanted speed and an SSD is the best way to get that. An extra $40 to get an SSD offers much more speed than using the same money to get another 4GB of RAM.
Case: I really like the way the Z9 looks, but it might be a bit guy-ish. Also, Microcenter doesn't carry the Z9 plus which has USB3. The case is mostly a place-holder. My Microcenter has many of their cases on display, so if yours is the same, I suggest that you go with her and pick out a case that she likes in person. Of course, you'll have to use your knowledge of computers to make sure it isn't crappy in some way.
Course of Upgrade/Tradeoffs:
You could easily go with a cheaper HDD that has higher capacity. Using that money, you could go with 8GB of RAM. I think you would see a larger performance bump out of upgrading to 1866 instead of 8GB because APUs do better with faster RAM. Microcenter may only offer 1866 in the 8GB variety, so you may be stuck spending quite a bit of extra money. Finally, you can get a graphics card if the 7850k doesn't suffice. Perhaps you could crossfire it with the 7850k, though I haven't heard great things.
I hope this is helpful rather than overwhelming. Good luck!
I would wait for the 860 and if the price drops on the 760 go for that. Of course if it doesn't, just get the 860.
Too bad you didn't get that 7870. I would have gone with a 660 in its place. Nice build and excellent description.
You could have gotten a much better deal on a comparable PSU, then using the money you save you could have upgraded to a 270(x)/7870.
I love seeing hybrid drives in HTPC build! +1
As I said, 7750 or r7-250 if you want discrete. I see below that you said you got a recommendation for the r7-260X. You could try that too though it would be more expensive..
If you want a new system, the one below would be great for ~$500. It assumes that you dislike Vista (which most people do) and can continue to use the HDD out of your old computer. Come to think of it, you could save another few bucks and steal the disk drive. With just $100 more, you could make a really nice system, but this one will meet all your goals.
The r7-260x is an update version of the 7770 that I used in the build above. What you could do is get the power supply that I recommended and then the 7770/r7-260x and try them in your old computer. Then if it doesn't meet your needs, or you just want something a bit more speedy, you could do a full build.
I'm assuming you can't spend too much. That computer is outdated, so it'll bottleneck almost anything. I would try a 7750 or r7-250. That'll let you play the games, though maybe not on great settings.
A new system would be best.
I don't have a guide, but I have a few tips.
Hope this address any questions you may have, just tell me if you have any more or if you need recommendations. :)
I love that GPU that says "GEFORCE GTX" down the side. Great build!
I think I would go with the 290x, then later you can add another if you really need to.
Note that it is a rule of thumb to go with the single card that offers the same performance as the dual card set up. A single card uses less power, offers more room for upgrade, and often costs less.
I would have gone with a more efficient modular PSU for that price, especially since you said cable management was tough. Otherwise, nice build. I love that side panel.
That's not a very fun place to put the AMD sticker. :( Anyway, nice budget build, and great grab on that RAM.
I would have gone up to a 7770 for ~$80, but I guess a budget is a budget. I hope he has fun! :)
Get that PSU instead. I then suggest upgrading your GPU with the money you save.
Alright, that'll be good then.
From what I hear Noctua fans are very quiet. You really only need a custom cooler if you plan on overclocking, and if you are, make sure you have an unlocked motherboard.
Yeah, I like your part selections.
That looks great!
Still go with the APU. Do you have a budget? I could help you fill out the parts around your APU, even to the point where you could by everything for your new computer right there at Microcenter.
The 7850k would be great for light gaming. I looked at the benchmarks and it even gets good frames on medium on some recent 3D games. Microcenter has no combo deals for the 760k, so after you get a motherboard you will have spent 120+ anyway. If you end up wanting to game harder, you can pair the 7850k with a GPU and have a nice gaming rig.
Why did you go with the 650 Ti Boost versus all of the closely priced 660/7850/7870/R9-270? I saw the pictures and it doesn't look like you have space constraints.
An improved version of zac16's build. S/he did a good job but there were a few places that could be trimmed. I could prune it even more if you need me to.
Why are you upgrading if it's running "optimally"?
Not a great idea. Even if you can get the CPUs for cheaply, motherboards are expensive and aren't made with gaming in mind. There is no overclocking except on aftermarket boards and there'll be SLI/CF. Also, many games don't have support for the extra threads that dual CPUs are made for. That being said, paired with a good graphics card it'll still be great for gaming.
You should really only do it if you think you need the extra power for things like video rendering and if you can get the Xeons+motherboard for cheaper than you can get a 4670k/4770k+motherboard.
A 760 is a bit worse than what you have, even with the expanded RAM. I would stick with the 280x or go with a GTX 770.
If you want to save money, go with the r280x. The reduced clock rate won't ruin anything.
I'd get the EVO if you can afford it.
They're fairly comparable, get the cheaper one since this seems to be a budget build.
Pretty sweet build for the price; it'll be even better when you get a GPU.
I see, thanks for the explanation. +1
I agree that an 8350 with an SSD would have been good. Also, if you bought the CPU at microcenter, why didn't you get a bundle deal? Finally, what OS are you running on it?
Nice build! Why did you rate some the parts as you did?
I've been looking into HTPC building recently. How do like that case?