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Please help me build a family PC


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My dad is looking to build a family PC, and I told him about newegg and he liked the idea. We have ~$500 we are willing to spend. What is the best setup we could get?

 

Thanks for ant help you can give!

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Will you be playing games with this PC, or not? What will you mostly be using the PC for?

 

Here's a build I was working on before, I suppose you could also use it. You don't need to buy the GPU (Graphics Card) if you don't need it. If you really don't need it, you'll save a nice chunk of money.

 

The processor already comes with Integrated Graphics, and there's a VGA port on the board to connect a monitor. If you need to connect via another port, then you can either find a different motherboard, or get an adapter (aka VGA to HDMI, DVI, etc)

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $464.90
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-12 21:28 EDT-0400

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CPU: Intel Pentium G3258 3.2GHz Dual-Core Processor ($69.99 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($79.99 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($49.99 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($102.98 @ Newegg)

Total: $464.90

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

Generated by PCPartPicker 2014-09-12 21:28 EDT-0400

 

Will you be playing games with this PC, or not? What will you mostly be using the PC for?

 

Here's a build I was working on before, I suppose you could also use it. You don't need to buy the GPU (Graphics Card) if you don't need it. If you really don't need it, you'll save a nice chunk of money.

 

The processor already comes with Integrated Graphics, and there's a VGA port on the board to connect a monitor. If you need to connect via another port, then you can either find a different motherboard, or get an adapter (aka VGA to HDMI, DVI, etc)

I should have mentioned that we already have an OS, so it doesnt need to be included. and it's not a gaming PC so a GPU is not needed.

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Try this - http://pcpartpicker.com/p/pxrRnQ - $395.89

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@Android, may I ask why do you keep recommending previous gen CPU? The G3258 is both faster and cheaper than G860...

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.00 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $421.93

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

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That's a good rig, though I'm not convinced that i3 and 8GBs of RAM ale really necessary here. They won't hurt though.

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The 8GB and Core i3 is for that head room they might need in case if they're going to run something that needs more power like editing movies with Windows Movie Maker or other similar jobs. For basic web browsing then yes that is overkill, but it never hurts to have a bit more.

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The 8GB and Core i3 is for that head room they might need in case if they're going to run something that needs more power like editing movies with Windows Movie Maker or other similar jobs. For basic web browsing then yes that is overkill, but it never hurts to have a bit more.

I like your setup, thanks for helping!

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

 

CPU: Intel Core i3-4150 3.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ($117.00 @ Newegg)

Motherboard: MSI B85M-G43 Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($76.98 @ Newegg)

Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($72.00 @ Newegg)

Storage: Seagate Barracuda 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($54.99 @ Newegg)

Case: Corsair 200R ATX Mid Tower Case ($56.98 @ Newegg)

Power Supply: Corsair CSM 450W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($29.99 @ Newegg)

Optical Drive: LG GH24NSB0 DVD/CD Writer ($13.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $421.93

Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available

 

Change your CPU for an AMD FX 6300, it's about the same price, but 6 cores. Nice and fast performance and super easy to overclock in case of need.

 

I'd get a cheper motherboard, just a basic one, but with integrated graphics. If your aim is just a "family use" PC, you'll have more than enough!

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Six cores are completely unnecessary for a family PC. i3 is a much better all-rounder in this case.

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Six cores are completely unnecessary for a family PC. i3 is a much better all-rounder in this case.

 

Well, I have used that very Dual Core intel processor and vs my current AMD x6, I choose the AMD.... Same price, more speed and it handles better multitasking, like watching videos while playing music scrolling news, chatting, using paint and all that stuff at the same time.

 

The intel was nice and sufficient but I had to take care of not doing a lot of stuff at the same time, with the AMD I don't care, my PC is always a mess because I got used to have 6000 chrome tabs, steam, origin, a music player in the background, some folders open because I'm lazy to close them, quick notes app on and music playing in youtube too....

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Well, it should be noted it's not that simple. It's not just that "FX has 6 cores and i3 has 2, so the FX is better". You should also take into account that the single core of the i3 is way faster.

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