The first inaugural GWJ youth gaming scholarship, COMPLETE!

Just sent Vessel Liam's way.

From the same thread...

If you live by a Microcenter you can get this board for $84.99 if you buy it with a processor. They knock off $50 off any motherboard if you buy a processor with it. For instance, a Z77 Extreme4 + an Intel Core i5 3570K is $274.98 + tax. The other stuff (PSUs, cases, etc.) tends to be much more expensive there though.

Hrmmm... that's still gonna be out of budget, though. It would be really nice to be able to go with a core i5 instead of a core i3 or an AMD processor. Maybe if Trichy can price out the rest of the parts along with that Microcenter deal, we can do a quick little second round of donations to get an extra $100-150 going?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Hrmmm... that's still gonna be out of budget, though. It would be really nice to be able to go with a core i5 instead of a core i3 or an AMD processor. Maybe if Trichy can price out the rest of the parts along with that Microcenter deal, we can do a quick little second round of donations to get an extra $100-150 going?

I'm in.

I should be in for something. Let me work on it.

Cave Story+ sent his way via Steam. Exactly the kind of game I'd have loved and played obsessively when I was 12.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

Hrmmm... that's still gonna be out of budget, though. It would be really nice to be able to go with a core i5 instead of a core i3 or an AMD processor. Maybe if Trichy can price out the rest of the parts along with that Microcenter deal, we can do a quick little second round of donations to get an extra $100-150 going?

I'm nowhere near a Microcenter, so I don't think that will work. I looked on Newegg to see if there were any i5 CPU/motherboard deals, and found these.

Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost), LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 BX80623I52500K : $331.98

Intel Core i5-2400 Sandy Bridge 3.1GHz (3.4GHz Turbo Boost), LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2000 BX80623I52400 : $241.98

It seems most people I've talked to are in agreement that I should stick with Intel. That being said, if AMD will be the better value, maybe we should consider that?

EDIT - I've updated the OP for the list of donor names. If I've forgotten to add you, please PM me. I don't want to forget anyone who contributed.

That Intel i5 3.1Ghz combined with the 5770 videocard would blow any game listed in your OP out of the water.

Duoae wrote:

Now, what's the shortfall so we can hit that stretch goal?

We are at $290 in the PayPal right now. We have everything pledged and en route with the exception of the case, the motherboard, and the CPU.

HedgeWizard wrote:

I really have no problem listing my real name: Penis Dimpwhipple

*Slow clap*

Bravo, sir. Bravo! You made me Ell-O-Ell.

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Yeah, I would go Intel on CPU and AMD on GPU.

Now, what's the shortfall so we can hit that stretch goal?

[edit] Is it me or are those two deals a little bit on the expensive side for the performance and quality there? (Maybe cause it's in $ and not £!)

You could get this CPU for the same price on Amazon For the i5-3450 which has same performance as 2500K but a lower energy consumption (which for a family with a tighter budget might be better...

trichy wrote:
Duoae wrote:

Now, what's the shortfall so we can hit that stretch goal?

We are at $290 in the PayPal right now. We have everything pledged and en route with the exception of the case, the motherboard, and the CPU.

That's the total, not the shortfall. I realise you americans don't always understand english ( ) but "shortfall" means how much more do we need to make the purchase. :p

Duoae wrote:
trichy wrote:
Duoae wrote:

Now, what's the shortfall so we can hit that stretch goal?

We are at $290 in the PayPal right now. We have everything pledged and en route with the exception of the case, the motherboard, and the CPU.

That's the total, not the shortfall. I realise you americans don't always understand english ( ) but "shortfall" means how much more do we need to make the purchase. :p

It's not his fault he doesn't understand English. He's a writer.

If we go with the i5 3.1Ghz and motherboard package, along with this suggested case, we are about $50 shy of all of that, including shipping. With the components that have been donated, that should get us everything we need. There is a Goodjer who may be able to provide a CPU and motherboard, so if there's money left, I will use it to make sure my sister and the boys get some time away (a goal that will be much easier with an offer extended by Teneman).

I can't believe we can't come up with the components. Clearly the right Goodjers aren't reading this thread.

I would have suggested a sandybridge i5 as the right kind of purchase

You're not quite that short anymore.

And ignore the text - I typed it wrong and said i3. Got it tangled up with this frelling work hardware justification document I'm writing.

Made a second donation as well.

I should have a Gigabyte P55A-UD3 with an i5-750 by the end of the day. No RAM though.

Not current gen, but I think it will get the job done.

LilCodger wrote:

I should have a Gigabyte P55A-UD3 with an i5-750 by the end of the day. No RAM though.

Not current gen, but I think it will get the job done.

That'd be great! Perfect for pairing with a 5770.

Trichy, I have them.

If you want them PM me an address.

Again, no RAM. I'm thinking it's dual channel DDR3, but somebody double check before recommending.

LilCodger wrote:

Trichy, I have them.

If you want them PM me an address.

Again, no RAM. I'm thinking it's dual channel DDR3, but somebody double check before recommending.

Yeah, P55 is dual channel. The X58 motherboards for the i7s of that generation are triple (although they can generally run in dual channel mode too).

Even just 4GB of DDR3 1600 MHz would work. Although, there should be plenty of money in the pot now for 8GB, especially since memory is dirt cheap these days.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
LilCodger wrote:

Trichy, I have them.

If you want them PM me an address.

Again, no RAM. I'm thinking it's dual channel DDR3, but somebody double check before recommending.

Yeah, P55 is dual channel. The X58 motherboards for the i7s of that generation are triple (although they can generally run in dual channel mode too).

Even just 4GB of DDR3 1600 MHz would work. Although, there should be plenty of money in the pot now for 8GB, especially since memory is dirt cheap these days.

Dual channel for sure: Support for DDR3 2200/1600/1333/1066/800 MHz memory modules

I agree, 4gb would do it, but with RAM as cheap as it is I'd probably spring for 8gb.

I mean, look, this was the first hit NewEgg pulled up: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

$45 for 8gb. Steal!

garion333 wrote:

I agree, 4gb would do it, but with RAM as cheap as it is I'd probably spring for 8gb.

I mean, look, this was the first hit NewEgg pulled up: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

$45 for 8gb. Steal!

Totally agree. I bought 16Gb for my machine for no other reason than it was nerdy and cheap, I don't think I run any software that ever uses that much.

If there's now spare money in the pot how about getting him a nice xbox controller and/or a decent gaming mouse?

The Razer Onza is straight up the best gaming controller I've owned
http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Professi...

DanB wrote:

If there's now spare money in the pot how about getting him a nice xbox controller and/or a decent gaming mouse?

A gaming mouse and keyboard have already been donated, but the xbox controller's not a bad idea. Any other suggestions?

garion333 wrote:

I agree, 4gb would do it, but with RAM as cheap as it is I'd probably spring for 8gb.

RAM is dirt cheap right now and 8 GB is the new standard for workstations at my office. 4 GB is fine but 8 GB gives Windows 7 more headroom for stuff like caching your applications and other overhead tasks. I went to 8 GB a couple months ago and it was definitely worth the $30.

EDIT: That i5 and Gigabyte board should be great for this purpose. Good call!

trichy wrote:

A gaming mouse and keyboard have already been donated, but the xbox controller's not a bad idea. Any other suggestions?

Alternative to the XBox controller is the Logitech one that does both DirectInput and XInput, but that only matters on how many old games they'd be playing.

trichy wrote:
DanB wrote:

If there's now spare money in the pot how about getting him a nice xbox controller and/or a decent gaming mouse?

A gaming mouse and keyboard have already been donated, but the xbox controller's not a bad idea. Any other suggestions?

I wanted to buy super meat boy during the sale for him. Now I can! The standard wired 360 controller is always good.

trichy wrote:
DanB wrote:

If there's now spare money in the pot how about getting him a nice xbox controller and/or a decent gaming mouse?

A gaming mouse and keyboard have already been donated, but the xbox controller's not a bad idea. Any other suggestions?

Personally I'd only go with a regular (wired) 360 controller or that Onza one. There aren't really that many 3rd party xbox controllers that beat out the standard M$ one

Oh and a mic, so he can trash talk some n00bz

I just realised I've got a spare portal 1 I can throw in to that pot too. Just sent my friend request

Case and RAM purchased using the donated funds and on the way!