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Best Answer phillpower2 , 06 February 2016 - 06:09 AM

Couldn't quite get a decent build for under $700, parts list $27 over budget here Selected a CPU and MB that have integrated graphics so to come in under budget you could sacrifice the GTX 750... Go to the full post »


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I have no clue where I should start.

 

 

I am looking to build a computer my budget is $700, but I do not know what parts I should choose. AMD is my preferred style, because I've been using them ever since.

 

 

Any tips?


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Hello EmishOrc,

 

Couple of questions;

 

What would be the main use of the computer.

 

Is your budget US or Aus $.

 

Will the cost of an OS need to be allowed for within the $700 budget.


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What would be the main use of the computer.

 

Is your budget US or Aus $.

 

Will the cost of an OS need to be allowed for within the $700 budget.

 

Everyday activities not that powerful, but enough to run Minecraft. Australian dollar and I have already got a legit disc already stored away for when I first use it.


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Couldn't quite get a decent build for under $700, parts list $27 over budget here

 

Selected a CPU and MB that have integrated graphics so to come in under budget you could sacrifice the GTX 750Ti video card, myself personally would not do so, its your call but if it means waiting a bit longer for the funds to become available then I would do so.

 

You will note the PCPartpicker compatibility warning, checked the MBs CPU support list and the suggested CPU is supported, see here

 

Included 8GB of Ram, can I just check that your OS is 64-bit Windows and not 32-bit.


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Included 8GB of Ram, can I just check that your OS is 64-bit Windows and not 32-bit.

 

 

x64 it is.


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All good then unless you want to make any changes to the parts list.


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All good then unless you want to make any changes to the parts list.

 

 

I have found my rig of my dreams :)

 

 

http://www.digitalst...-gaming-pc.html

 

As i'm thinking maybe $60 more is a bit better for this one. Definitely a PC I would be getting. My current rig well it's in a bit of a pickle. As the motherboard is +8 years old along with the other parts. Im shocked it can run Windows 10 pretty good.


Edited by EmishOrc, 07 February 2016 - 05:57 AM.

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Put the items from your list into PCPartPicker and it came to the price you will see Here you will note that there is no PSU, this because you will only get junk for Aus $39.95, you are also being charged $89.00 for assembly and $35.00 for a return to base warranty, the case I did look at for my suggested parts list but reviews said it was of cheap quality + I noticed that you would also need to purchase one large chassis fan as it only ships with the one 120mm front/intake fan, great for sucking air in but what blows it out at the back of the case.

 

FWIW: Remove the add on GPU from my suggested parts list and it comes in at circa $549, you do the build and every component is covered by an individual warranty, the $124.00 saved is better in your pocket or put towards an add on video card.


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May I ask a question?

 

Seagates have a very high failure rate some of them have caught on fire on me before. I think changing it to Western Digital might be a good choice. I don't want another seagate blowing up in my face.

 

 

I've found a few good parts that i'm interested in. Comes from MSY:

 

http://www.msy.com.a...-boxed-cpu.html

http://www.msy.com.a...otherboard.html

http://www.msy.com.a...d38g1600kh.html

http://www.msy.com.a...e-vga-card.html

http://www.msy.com.a...400rpm-hdd.html

http://www.msy.com.a...ithout-psu.html

http://www.msy.com.a...upply-unit.html

http://www.msy.com.a...vd-rw-sata.html

 

This sounds great and plus $650 to save up + $32 postage :)


Edited by EmishOrc, 08 February 2016 - 03:22 AM.

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Not sure what happened with your particular HDDs but a bad PSU or dodgy cables are more likely to cause a fire than a HDDs PCB or motor and fwiw Seagate drives have improved quality wise, see attached graph below.

 

Of your MSY parts list there is only the DVD RW that I would recommend.

 

CPU is only dual core, fine for Minecraft but no good if you ever want to play anything more demanding.

 

MB is the smaller micro ATX type, can be a problem for space with decent video cards as they can be quite long and take up two slots on the MB, the board is also only PCI-E 2.0 which is a step backwards for a new build.

 

The Ram is ok but Cas Latency 11 which is not as good as Cas Latency 8. 

 

The video card is ok but slower than other cards that cost less, the GTX 750Ti is one such card.

 

Green HDD, slow at 5400rpm and only has a 12 month warranty.

 

PSU is a poor quality brand, described at Toms PSU Tier Guide as;

 

Tier Four

Built down to a low price. Not exactly the most stable units ever created. Very basic safety circuitry or even thin gauge wiring used. Not for gaming rigs or overclocking systems of any kind. Avoid unless your budget dictates your choice.

 

 

The case is cheap and for the following reasons, it only has one cooling fan, it does not have front USB 3.0 ports and it is not certain to be out of the box new, the merchant actually states the following;

 

EOL note: These is CLEARANCE Product on Limited quantity(normally less than 5) while stock lasts which available on a first-come, first-serve basis, they will vary in condition and it might be an Ex-Demo or damaged packaging.

 

 

What happened to AMD being your preferred choice of CPU.

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I agree, actually I would go with your suggestions.

 

Seagate at the moment has dropped pretty low since 2014. If you didn't know Seagate got slapped pretty good in the face: http://petapixel.com...ad-hard-drives/

 

All the barracudas 3tb and 1.5tb either failed or caught fire. Unfortunately mine was the same model number as the 3tb one. As I can see Seagates are surprisingly crawling back up to the top. As I can see Seagate is the winner on the internals, but not so much on externals which worries me most.

 

At the moment none of my WD hard drives had failed and they are 3-4 years old. I have a few seagates which are +10 years and still working. Anyway i'm a bit busy so I will get back to this very soon. 


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