Thread: PC For Wife

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    PC For Wife

    Looking to build a PC for my wife. I used Marest's sample builds to get an idea of what I want but I'm missing the mark on budget. I'm sure I've overcompensated in some areas for what she needs. She's not a gamer and her activity is mostly Facebook/Facebook games/YouTube/Movies/web browsing/Office. A couple must haves for her are dual monitors and a speedy computer. I have hopes that once she has her own computer I could tempt her into playing some non intensive games like WoW...etc...


    Budget - About $500
    Resolution - 1680 x 1050
    Games / Settings Desired - Basic games (WoW etc) / Low - Med
    Any other intensive software or special things you do (Frequent video encoding, 3D modeling, etc) - N/A
    Country - US
    Parts that can be reused - N/A
    Do you need an OS? - Yes
    Do you need peripherals (e.g. monitor, mouse, keyboard, speakers, etc)? - No

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.88 @ J&R)
    Motherboard: ASRock H77 Pro4/MVP ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($82.55 @ Newegg)
    Memory: G.Skill Value 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($74.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($55.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: EVGA GeForce GTX 650 1GB Video Card ($101.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Case: Apevia X-Plorer2 Black/Pink ATX Mid Tower Case ($53.98 @ Newegg)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ TigerDirect)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $652.32
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 05:17 EST-0500)

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    You can save a few dollars by going to a 500 generation graphics card, as well as using a mini atx board instead of an atx.
    As well as a smaller case as well, though if your wife likes the look of that one then no worries.

    All in all, pretty solid build.

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    i guess u mistyped the budget part as u went with 650 so i guess u meant u have 600?

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.98 @ SuperBiiz)
    Motherboard: MSI H81M-P33 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($39.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: Team Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($69.98 @ OutletPC)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.98 @ OutletPC)
    Video Card: PNY GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($159.99 @ Newegg)
    Case: BitFenix Merc Alpha (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($29.99 @ NCIX US)
    Power Supply: EVGA 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($39.99 @ NCIX US)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 - OEM (64-bit) ($94.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $619.88
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 07:42 EST-0500)

    added better gpu and cpu. no need to get the 500gb if the 1 tb is 4 bucks more. this will take care of every game u throw at it on 1650x1050.

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    Try this build:

    PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

    CPU: Intel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($124.99 @ Newegg)
    Motherboard: ASRock H87M Pro4 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($72.99 @ Newegg)
    Memory: A-Data XPG Gaming Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($62.99 @ Newegg)
    Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($59.99 @ Amazon)
    Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon HD 7790 2GB Video Card ($145.66 @ Newegg)
    Case: Silverstone PS08B (Black) MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
    Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($49.99 @ Amazon)
    Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
    Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8 (OEM) (64-bit) ($97.98 @ OutletPC)
    Total: $658.57
    (Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
    (Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-12-30 07:45 EST-0500)

    It's not quite as pink as your original one, Zhuki, but it should play both film and games better than the 650 you have in there.

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