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I learned and built my PC 6-20-11, and it was so fun assembling it, that I always had urges to do it again, now that 2 of my friends both wants to step up in being a PC gamer, they want me to build one for them.

Now that said, I need suggestions on what I should pick out for their builds
NOTE: they will both have the exact same systems

I will probably be building it November-ish, but if there something that is coming out that will change the price tags of everything I can plan it longer.

Now my friends, they don't do extreme gaming, they are looking for something med range, so they can play old games, emulate their PS2 games, and play most of the recent games at least on med-high settings.
They do need a OS, monitor, and every part of the PC. And USB mouse and keyboards. Thing about the OS is that, they both go to college and can get Windows 7 Upgrade cheap, but how would that help?
Their budget is around $500-$625

EDIT: also monitor doesn't have to be like 23", something like a widescreen 18-20 is good, as well as the keyboard & mouse being cheap but quality good, since they are coming off of early 2000 PCs, there requirements aren't very high.
Edited by RuneDunes - 10/16/11 at 8:23pm
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post #2 of 55
$500-$625 for each PC?
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post #3 of 55
Thread Starter 
Yes.
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Samsung EVO 850 250GB  Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB  Western Caviar SE 7200 250GB  1 TB Western Digital Blue  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24F1ST Scythe Fuma  Windows 10 Home Viewsonic XG2703-GS 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" ASUS VE208 20" Logitech G710 MX Blue Corsair HX 750W 
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Phanteks Enthoo Pro - Black Window Sharkk Wired Gaming Mouse  Razer Goliathus 
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i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz ~ 1.416-1.428v Gigabye Z68X-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 6750 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz 
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Pentium G4400 @ 3.3GHz H110M Pro-VD 4GB (1 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz  Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB 
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung EVO 850 250GB  Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB  Western Caviar SE 7200 250GB  1 TB Western Digital Blue  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24F1ST Scythe Fuma  Windows 10 Home Viewsonic XG2703-GS 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" ASUS VE208 20" Logitech G710 MX Blue Corsair HX 750W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Phanteks Enthoo Pro - Black Window Sharkk Wired Gaming Mouse  Razer Goliathus 
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i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz ~ 1.416-1.428v Gigabye Z68X-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 6750 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home eMachines E19T5W 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Some Gateway PS2 keyboard Coolermaster Elite Power 460w CM 690 II Advanced  Some $2 wireless mouse  
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post #4 of 55
so along with the desktop, they need monitors, keyboards, and mice?
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post #5 of 55
Tell your friends to get ready to have a lot of 2nd hand parts in their cases.
    
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post #6 of 55
You can get the Win7 upgrade discs to activate as full versions through a couple different tricks. Pretty easy to find online with a simple search. I can tell you it definitely works.
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post #7 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by sloppyjoe123;15337502 
Tell your friends to get ready to have a lot of 2nd hand parts in their cases.

aha yeah, they need at least 600-700 for a decent mid range comp, not including monitor or keyboard or mouse
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Crucial M4 64GB, Samsung F3 1 TB Asus Burner Noctua DH-14 Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit 
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Qnix II 27" @ 96Hz, Hanns-G 28", Dell 19" Corsair K70  Corsair 750W TXv2 NZXT Phantom 
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post #8 of 55
You can use the student upgrade to get a full version of w7 even if you don't have an os installed
    
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post #9 of 55
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by inchy97;15337476 
so along with the desktop, they need monitors, keyboards, and mice?


yes couldn't you not see that I wrote that? They need the entire PC, OS, monitor, keyboard, mice.
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Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung EVO 850 250GB  Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB  Western Caviar SE 7200 250GB  1 TB Western Digital Blue  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24F1ST Scythe Fuma  Windows 10 Home Viewsonic XG2703-GS 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" ASUS VE208 20" Logitech G710 MX Blue Corsair HX 750W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Phanteks Enthoo Pro - Black Window Sharkk Wired Gaming Mouse  Razer Goliathus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz ~ 1.416-1.428v Gigabye Z68X-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 6750 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home eMachines E19T5W 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Some Gateway PS2 keyboard Coolermaster Elite Power 460w CM 690 II Advanced  Some $2 wireless mouse  
Mouse Pad
Some $1 mouse pad of a tropical beach  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Pentium G4400 @ 3.3GHz H110M Pro-VD 4GB (1 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz  Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
LITE-ON Linux Mint Mate  Gateway HD2201 22"  MechanicalEagle Z-77 Outemu Blues 
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EVGA 430 W1 Rosewill SRM-01 Kensington Pro Fit Belkin Mouse Pad  
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Main Rig
(20 items)
 
Old Rig
(14 items)
 
Other Rig
(14 items)
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7-7700k @ 4.9GHz ~ 1.36v MSI Z270 SLI Plus  MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 2000/4400 16GB (2 x 8GB) G.SKILL Ripjaws V 3200MHz CL16 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung EVO 850 250GB  Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 TB  Western Caviar SE 7200 250GB  1 TB Western Digital Blue  
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
ASUS DRW-24F1ST Scythe Fuma  Windows 10 Home Viewsonic XG2703-GS 27" 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
ASUS VS247H-P 23.6" ASUS VE208 20" Logitech G710 MX Blue Corsair HX 750W 
CaseMouseMouse Pad
Phanteks Enthoo Pro - Black Window Sharkk Wired Gaming Mouse  Razer Goliathus 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500k @ 4.8GHz ~ 1.416-1.428v Gigabye Z68X-UD3P XFX Radeon HD 6750 4GB (1 x 4GB) DDR3 1333MHz 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Home eMachines E19T5W 19" 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Some Gateway PS2 keyboard Coolermaster Elite Power 460w CM 690 II Advanced  Some $2 wireless mouse  
Mouse Pad
Some $1 mouse pad of a tropical beach  
CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
Pentium G4400 @ 3.3GHz H110M Pro-VD 4GB (1 x 4GB) Ballistix Sport LT 2400MHz  Toshiba MQ01ABD 750 GB 
Optical DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
LITE-ON Linux Mint Mate  Gateway HD2201 22"  MechanicalEagle Z-77 Outemu Blues 
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EVGA 430 W1 Rosewill SRM-01 Kensington Pro Fit Belkin Mouse Pad  
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post #10 of 55
This will come in handy with those Upgrade keys.

www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/27/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/
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Hyper 212+ Windows 7 Professional 64bit AOC 27" + Dell 17" OCN Ducky Shine - MX Red / Red LED 
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