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#1 pJ`

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 03:39 AM

I'm 18 recently graduated and starting college in 2012. And I'd like to build my first computer before entering college or any computer work related environment (Just to have more experience and I love learning).

Since it's going to be the first one I've build I'd like to keep it somewhat cheap but I was going to give it to my mom so she can play Farmville on it, yes unfortunately she plays that horrible game.

I'm familiar with the computer parts but not purchasing them. Because my mother is a Farmvillie addict I want the game to run smoothly for her with no lag but I'm not sure what cheap video card would run it smoothly and what motherboard would support it, ect. If anybody could pick out the minimal parts for me off newegg so I could research them and learn, or post some advise on how I could learn, I would love you forever. :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 10:43 AM

From what I've noticed when I was looking up stuff for my first build, its only cheaper to build a computer if you're going to be building a full gaming comp. Most pre-built computers from a PC store will probably be able to run farmville using the onboard graphics. I bought a laptop last year which I gave to my mum for xmas, it had an Intel Core i5 Processor and 3GB RAM and she runs all the facebook games she wants with ease on it.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 04:41 PM

With a PC you've built yourself, you also get to control the quality of the parts you put inside, none of that cheap no name OEM garbage that goes into an off-the-shelf unit. What is your budget? A good AMD APU-based system isn't that expensive and can fit this need nicely. An APU system would be around $500 to $600 range. AMD is refreshing their APU lineup so current APU's are hard to find, if you can wait a bit before pulling the trigger on this. It shouldn't take too long for retailers to get the new stuff in stock.

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 09:12 PM

With a PC you've built yourself, you also get to control the quality of the parts you put inside, none of that cheap no name OEM garbage that goes into an off-the-shelf unit. What is your budget? A good AMD APU-based system isn't that expensive and can fit this need nicely. An APU system would be around $500 to $600 range. AMD is refreshing their APU lineup so current APU's are hard to find, if you can wait a bit before pulling the trigger on this. It shouldn't take too long for retailers to get the new stuff in stock.


I was thinking around $300 since it was my first build and that I already have a custom build gaming computer. I was on newegg and watched a few tutorial videos and looked around for parts. Would these all work and run together?

CPU - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103903

RAM - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820145328

Power Supply - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817148027

DvD/ROM Drive - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827100067

Motherboard - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813153211

HDD - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299

Computer Case - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811233071

And do you think I could get anything cheaper and still have a good quality build?

Edit: All of this + an anti static wrist band is $294.69 w/ shipping.

Edited by pJ`, 25 December 2011 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2011 - 06:21 AM

The power supply you have chose isn't unreliable, this power supply is better and has a similar price as the one you chose. For the ram, the speed 1600 is unnecessary, this would work and 2GB is plenty for Farmville.

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System1: CPU- Intel Core i7-5820K @ 4.4GHz, CPU Cooler- Noctua NH-D14, RAM- G.Skill Ripjaws 16GB Kit(4Gx4) DDR3 2133MHz, SSD/HDD- Samsung 850 EVO 250GB/Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB/Seagate Barracuada 3TB, GPU- 2x EVGA GTX980 Superclocked @1360/MHz1900MHz, Motherboard- Asus X99 Deluxe, Case- Custom Mac G5, PSU- EVGA P2-1000W, Soundcard- Realtek High Definition Audio, OS- Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
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Posted 26 December 2011 - 12:20 PM

As Berman says on ESPN,"Come on man!"

Why would anyone buy a low end Thermaltake PSU? Here are a couple of Corsairs (CX430 and CX500) for $39.00. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001459&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

4 gig is happy with WIN 7. A 2X2gig setup is preferred vs a single 4 gig stick. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396 I got 2 4 gig sticks a few weeks ago for $27. Memory is cheap, get enough now.

Was the cost of an OS figured in?

Oh, here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135278 Polymer caps on the VRMs and an AMD instead of an NVidia chipset. Have to deal with a rebate for that $39 though.

EDIT: Just checked my e-mail, those cx500s are $29.99 after rebate.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:31 AM

The power supply you have chose isn't unreliable, this power supply is better and has a similar price as the one you chose. For the ram, the speed 1600 is unnecessary, this would work and 2GB is plenty for Farmville.

Thank you. And the RAM is sold out. Should I just wait for it to get back in stock or is there something similar?

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 01:32 AM

As Berman says on ESPN,"Come on man!"

Why would anyone buy a low end Thermaltake PSU? Here are a couple of Corsairs (CX430 and CX500) for $39.00. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007657%2050001459&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=20

4 gig is happy with WIN 7. A 2X2gig setup is preferred vs a single 4 gig stick. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820231396 I got 2 4 gig sticks a few weeks ago for $27. Memory is cheap, get enough now.

Was the cost of an OS figured in?

Oh, here, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813135278 Polymer caps on the VRMs and an AMD instead of an NVidia chipset. Have to deal with a rebate for that $39 though.

EDIT: Just checked my e-mail, those cx500s are $29.99 after rebate.


I have a winxp key/cd already :thumbup2:

Thanks for the cheaper parts also.

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Posted 27 December 2011 - 03:15 AM

The reason i suggested a single 2GB ram stick is because to keep within the budget. You could try this ram which i have never heard of the brand before but it should work or you can wait. I must of missed the Corsair power supply's when searching for one that is within the budget.

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