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My friend wants a new build done for under $600. Would LOVE if it could be done for less. He will most likely make the purchase around Black Friday.

It will be for light to moderate gaming and general usage. He isn't good with computers. He doesn't even know what his resolution is on his monitor. He AT LEAST wants a computer that'll very easily run Guild Wars 2 when its out. (Recommended settings: Dual core 2.0Ghz, 2GB RAM, 7800GT) I told him that would be very easy to do.

I will probably sell him my used XFX 5770 for about $60-70. He will most likely not be overclocking at all due to lack of understanding on it for him. I am sure, later on, he will finally want to overclock in maybe 6 months or so. But, we'll see.

I am not entirely sure if he needs or would like a keyboard and mouse.

There isn't much point in not including 8GB of RAM at this point since its so cheap. I came up with 3 different basic builds for him so far.

1 Basic AMD, 1 Basic Intel, and 1 Cheaper build

This is what I have for him so far.
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Build 1:
CPU - AMD Phenom II X4 955 $120
Mobo - ASUS M4A87TD EVO $103
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600 $52
PSU - SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series 600W $70
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB $60
ODD - LG CD/DVD Burner $18
Case - Antec 300 $57
Video Card - My used XFX 5770 ~$65

Total $545


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Build 2:
CPU - i3 2100 $125
Mobo - ASUS P8H67-V H67 $105
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600 $52
PSU - SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series 600W $70
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB $60
ODD - LG CD/DVD Burner $18
Case - Antec 300 $57
Video Card - My used XFX 5770 ~$65

Total $551

I could easily put in an i5 for a little more as well. Probably going to go with this one.^
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Build 3 (cheap):
CPU - AMD Athlon II X3 450 Rana $78
Mobo - ASRock 770 EXTREME3 AM3 $77
RAM - Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB 1600 $52
PSU - SILVERSTONE Strider Essential series 600W $70
HDD - Samsung Spinpoint 1TB $60
ODD - LG CD/DVD Burner $18
Case - Antec 300 $57
Video Card - My used XFX 5770 ~$65

Total $477



Out of all of this, what do you all think?
Edited by gnarlybug5 - 10/13/11 at 3:53pm
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post #2 of 5
Id pick up the AMD Phenom II X4 its the best bang for buck there.

Not sure on the Silver-stone PSU like.
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Id pick up the AMD Phenom II X4 its the best bang for buck there.

Not sure on the Silver-stone PSU like.
You sure? The Dual core i3 would definitely handle any game he wants like a charm. It would handle itself better in games and single-threaded applications which is primarily what it'll be for. Plus, it's very possible that he could get an i5 2300 instead of the i3. Which is much faster than the Phenom II X4. Yeah, the Phenom II would be able to Overclock, but it's extremely likely that he wont be doing any overclocking anyways.

Yeah, I'm not so sure about Silverstone PSU either. Don't know how reliable it and its brand REALLY is.
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Well if hes not overclocking then the phenom will be a bit weak. Unless you convince friend to overclock.
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500GB Samsung 840 EVO H105 Win 10 ASUS ROG PG279 
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Ducky Shine 1 MX-Red Corsair AX 860i  Fractal Design Node 804 Black 
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Obviously things will change a bit between now and then but here are the value oriented pointers:

Rosewill Challenger case, Rosewill 530W Green PSU. They are usually around $50 each and available in a combo special to save $10. This is cheaper than your current selection and every bit as good.

This budget easily fits an i5-2400/2500 (nonK), but that may or may not be justified (seems like it could be overkill unless your friend starts playing a lot of really heavy duty modern games, in which case a better GPU would be in order).

The good thing about just getting him a 2400/2500 now, is that it will continue to be a great performer for many years. Very good long term investment CPU.
     
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FX-8350 990X EVO R2.0 Sparkle GTX460 768MB ballistix tactical 2 x 8GB 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Toshiiba THNSNH 256GB Enterprise RE3 1TB Asus BD combo drive Artic A30 
OSMonitorMonitorMonitor
Manjaro Linux Samsung 21.5" LCD E2009WFP E2009WFP 
PowerCase
Seasonic G 550W Modular Fractal Design Core 3500 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-6300, 4.7 GHZ@1.43V GA-970A-UD3P GTX 460 768MB Mixed DIMMs. 2x4GB + 2x8GB @ 1600-8-8-8 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Toshiba THNSNH 19nm 256GB 1TB Spinpoint F3 WD RE3 1TB WD RE3 1TB 
Optical DriveCoolingOSOS
yes CM Seidon 120V SolydK OpenSuse 13.1 
OSOSMonitorMonitor
Linux Mint 9-32 bit // Linux Mint 17-64 bit  Manjaro Xfce Samsung 21.5" HannsG 21.5" sideways! 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Sticky ATNG Rosewill Green 630W NZXT Gamma Basic Microsoft corded 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
A10-6800k 4.8GHZ @ 1.375V, 1.2GHZ iGPU Gigabyte GA-F2A85XN-WIFI HD8670D Ripjaws 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate ST1000DM003 Asus BC-12B1ST/BLK/B/AS Zalman CNPS5X Linux Mint 15 
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LG IPS224V-PN Logitec K360 FSP 400W Aurum S 80+ gold Prodigy 
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