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Old 05-27-2017, 04:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default New build for kid #3.

MY old Phenom PC died the other day. Being used by my daughter for the past 3 years now- I cant complain it is about 8 years old. Wont boot OR make a sound even with switching out a for another PSU. So, maybe a fried MOBO , maybe the CPU?? As far as I know- there is no way to know without buying a MOBO. Since this is pretty old I figured for her Bday next month - a new build is in order. She is not a hard core gamer - but did play skyrim, and a few MMO's. She does multitasking with several chat rooms, homework, drawing tablet and music going all at the same time.

Have a 3 PSU's ( OCZ fatality 550 watt and Stream-pro 600 watt / Ultra 550 watt) , a good monitor, keyboard, and a 560 ( 448 core) GPU which is what she was using when the PC failed to boot yesterday with the 600 watt PSU listed above.

Have not kept up with the mid-end CPU stuff since my last build a year ago.

So need CPU , MOBO, RAM, Case, and possibly new PSU.

Would prefer to spend less than $600.
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Default Re: New build for kid #3.

I feel like an R3 might be a bit more fitting here, could potentially save some cash to get a 1050 or 1050ti.
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Trotter; was just looking at that exact combo ...lol. Great minds and all that.. Do you think the stock cooler is OK?? are you sure I need the new PSU? I know, I know , just being cheapo= best to be active vs pissed later if it blows up a MOBO or CPU.

PP- when do the R3's come out?
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Stock cooler on these are fine.
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this is what I came up with :

https://pcpartpicker.com/user/chirom...d/#view=F8NbvK

will read on the R3 PP.
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R3 will come out before her birthday, rather should anyways. Expected early second half or late Q2. If you can do the R5 it'll last longer though.
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It the computer just mysteriously died I would look at the PSU as the most likely culprit. It might run fine now but if it allowed a spike once it will do it again.
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Ya, I agree on the PSU. Only one other thought= a dual channel Pentium - maybe a KABY

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...82E16819117736.

NO real gaming at high level or resolution= but does the job for pretty much everything else. Even cheaper.
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So, now she wants to have options to play games. So, which is better?? The AMD 1500x Rizen or the INTEL i5 Kaby. Both are about $185.
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