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Windows 7: Girlfriend wants a new computer!

21 Jul 2014   #1
Maesen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Girlfriend wants a new computer!

Hey guys,

my girl has been raging quite a bit about her actual computer being now too old to play recent games. She wants something new.

She has 800$ to throw on a fresh build. Building rigs isnt my thing. My kinda rigs are on 4 wheels, ha!

I'd appreciate if you could help me get her a good computer on her budget.

She mostly plays World of Warcraft, but likes games such as Assassin's Creed and other Steam games.

Thanks for the input, I'll be nearby waiting for replies.
Maesen


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21 Jul 2014   #2
DMHolt57

 
 

Look around here... http://www.tigerdirect.ca/
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23 Jul 2014   #3
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maesen View Post

She has 800$ to throw on a fresh build.
I'd appreciate if you could help me get her a good computer on her budget.
Does she have any intention of overclocking?

Is this just a gaming machine, with no other significant purpose?

You're in Canada. What online dealers will you consider?

Which of the following components need to come from that $800?

Case
Motherboard
RAM
CPU
Internal hard drive; if yes, how many?
External hard drive
Video card
DVD drive
Operating system; if yes, which?
Monitor
Keyboard
Mouse
Aftermarket CPU cooler
Case fans
Cable modem and/or router
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23 Jul 2014   #4
Maesen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi

She has no intention to overclock. This computer will moslty be a gaming rig but will also be used for work (photoshop, illustrator and such).

As far as components needed, it would be;

Case (well vented if possible)
Motherboard
CPU
Ram
GPU
Power supply
1 Internal HDD (would like WD Caviar Black). May have an SSD for Windows only, too
Aftermarker CPU cooler (just a good rad/fan combo would be good)

She already has the other parts and will re-use them. Since we are from Canada, she will either buy from NCIX or TigerDirect.

Thanks for your help.
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23 Jul 2014   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Following just gives you some ideas, a baseline to look at.

We don't know if she likes flashy cases with windows and bling. I'm assuming no.

We don't know if there is any reason to go with an ATX case rather than micro ATX. I assumed ATX mid tower.

Another $100 in the budget would be helpful, but that's up to you.

I omitted CPU and video card. I'm assuming an Intel i5 or i3 CPU.


http://www.ncix.com/detail/seasonic-...v-6d-52173.htm

70 for Seasonic 520 watt PSU; should be fine for any single video card build.

http://www.ncix.com/detail/western-d...74462-1286.htm

60 for WD Blue 1 TB drive; I don't see the black at NCIX; if you get an SSD, the blue should be fine.

http://www.ncix.com/detail/crucial-m...s-56-97622.htm

90 for Crucial MX100 128 GB SSD for Windows.

http://www.ncix.com/detail/g-skill-r...b-21-70119.htm

96 for two 4 GB sticks of GSkill DDR3-1600 1.5 volt RAM


http://www.ncix.com/detail/nzxt-h230...n-2f-89487.htm

80 for NZXT H230 ATX midtower case

Motherboard: any of several Gigabyte, Asrock, or Asus ATX or micro ATX socket 1150 Intel motherboards, depending on the features you need: 80 to 120

That's 476 to 516 so far.

Leaving the rest for a CPU and graphics card.

She should be fine with the stock Intel cooler as long as she is not overclocking and is not particularly sensitive to fan noise.
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23 Jul 2014   #6
Maesen

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the links. I'll see with her if she's willing to put an additional 100$.

As far as I know, she doesnt care what the case looks like. It will be under the desk anyways. Her actual case is mid tower size. Her computer fans are already loud enough so unless you planned to add a fan spinning 32,000rpm it will be alright!
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23 Jul 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maesen View Post
Thanks for the links. I'll see with her if she's willing to put an additional 100$.

As far as I know, she doesnt care what the case looks like. It will be under the desk anyways. Her actual case is mid tower size. Her computer fans are already loud enough so unless you planned to add a fan spinning 32,000rpm it will be alright!
I didn't scrimp on that case. It's well regarded and well designed, just no bling. You can get decent cases for less, like the Antec 300 if you need to cut back somewhere.

I know little about gaming, so I can't tell you what level of video card you need for those games. If she needs only a low to mid level video card, then maybe she doesn't need the extra 100 bucks. A mid level Intel i5 processor should do well. You just have to decide how to split up the last 300 or 400 bucks. If those are demanding games, then maybe you have to emphasize the video card and de-emphasize the CPU. Or kick in the extra 100.

I'd say at that budget, an SSD should nearly always be included. The MX100 is a new model, well thought of, and less expensive than most. You have to come to a decision on how much total storage she needs. Windows alone takes up no more than 20 GB.

You might be able to find RAM for 10 or 15 less than the one I picked; but I'd try to stay with DDR3-1600. Make sure it's 1.5 volt. No need to go beyond 8 GB.

The stock Intel cooler is unobtrusive at low and mid RPM, but would annoy me at high RPM if I was close to it, but you say it's under a desk, so probably would be OK. You could change it later if she decides it's too noisy.

The Seasonic PSU is excellent, but not modular. Modular is an added bonus that you might consider if you can fit it in. No need to go beyond 500 watts. Seasonic and XFX are good brands to look at.

Those prices don't include taxes and shipping as far as I know. I've never dealt with NCIX.
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23 Jul 2014   #8
Phill3990

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hello,

Thought I would pop in on this as I know Gaming quite well. You would probably be looking for a mid range GPU for this build. WoW is a large game, so are games like assassins creed. If she plans on playing newer games such as WatchDogs etc then a decent GPU will be needed. Unfortunately GPUs are not cheap and alongside CPUs can cost a fair bit. Even though its a USA site I have looked and found 2 GPUs I feel would be suitable on NCIX.

ASUS Radeon R9 270 - http://www.ncix.com/detail/asus-rade...92748-1286.htm

This ones a bit more expensive but its a good card:

MSI GeForce GTX 770 - http://www.ncix.com/detail/msi-gefor...84358-1286.htm

Feel free to add any input on my comments

Phill3990
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23 Jul 2014   #9
kbrady1979

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

If you can find an EVGA GTX 750 Ti FTW graphics card on sale, that would be a good card to look at. Won't break the bank and will game just fine @ 1080p. WoW is more balanced as far as CPU/GPU, but most other modern titles lean towards the GPU. An Intel Core i5 quad core CPU and a GTX 760 would be a great combo IF you can fit it in the budget.
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27 Jul 2014   #10
rvcjew

7 Pro x64, 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Phill3990 View Post
Hello,

Thought I would pop in on this as I know Gaming quite well. You would probably be looking for a mid range GPU for this build. WoW is a large game, so are games like assassins creed. If she plans on playing newer games such as WatchDogs etc then a decent GPU will be needed. Unfortunately GPUs are not cheap and alongside CPUs can cost a fair bit. Even though its a USA site I have looked and found 2 GPUs I feel would be suitable on NCIX.

ASUS Radeon R9 270 - http://www.ncix.com/detail/asus-rade...92748-1286.htm

This ones a bit more expensive but its a good card:

MSI GeForce GTX 770 - http://www.ncix.com/detail/msi-gefor...84358-1286.htm

Feel free to add any input on my comments

Phill3990
I have the 780 variant of that card and that cooler IMO is extremely good for it size, very quiet. Easily plays most games maxed out at 1440p no problem. I would say the 770 version will do just fine at 1080p.
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