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So I'm trying to convince my mate to get into PC gaming.

Traditionally he is a console guy, all consoles, as are most of my friends. A few have started to swap and I'm trying to slowly win them all over but I need to start somewhere..

I figured I'd throw together a cheapasIcanpossiblymakeit PC that will still play BF3 (etc) at decent settings at 1080p. He will never be overclocking well maybe never but at this stage he literally has no idea so he can build too it.

This is what I figured:

- i5 2400 = $199
- ASRock H61M-U3S3 = $75
- WD 3.5" WD5000AAKX = $42
- Transcend 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3 1333 = $40
- Thermaltake Dokker = $61
- Blue LED fan = $12
- Antec Neo Eco 520C = $66
- HIS 1GB 6950 = $232
______
$727.00
$816 w windows

Any better idea's? I wanted to try and keep it more in the <$800 range..

Thanks for helping me, help a friend

EDIT: Derped.
Edited by olliiee - 10/20/11 at 4:05am
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I wanted to try and keep it more in the >$800 range..
Uh, you ARE in the >800$

unless you meant <$800, <----- this means LESS than 800$
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Originally Posted by olliiee View Post
So I'm trying to convince my mate to get into PC gaming.

Traditionally he is a console guy, all consoles, as are most of my friends. A few have started to swap and I'm trying to slowly win them all over but I need to start somewhere..

I figured I'd throw together a cheapasIcanpossiblymakeit PC that will still play BF3 (etc) at decent settings at 1080p. He will never be overclocking well maybe never but at this stage he literally has no idea so he can build too it.

This is what I figured:

- i5 2400 = $199
- ASRock H61M-U3S3 = $75
- WD 3.5" WD5000AAKX = $42
- Transcend 8GB Kit (4Gx2) DDR3 1333 = $40
- Thermaltake Dokker = $61
- Blue LED fan = $12
- Antec Neo Eco 520C = $66
- HIS 1GB 6950 = $232
______
$727.00
$816 w windows

Any better idea's? I wanted to try and keep it more in the >$800 range..

Thanks for helping me, help a friend
change the CPU to a 2500
motherboard to this:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128487
HDD: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136795
RAM:http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231428
Edited by gooface - 10/20/11 at 2:30am
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Also, i might've missed it, but do you have a monitor for this thing?
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post #5 of 29
That looks quite nice, it'll play battlefield alright, if he doesn't want to overclock then the 2400 is a great idea.
ALTHOUGH, when he does get into computer gaming and the upgrading that comes with it he might be more inclined by an unlocked multiplier.
Then again, I wouldn't know, I don't know him, you do. Your choice are perfectly fine, maybe 1600Mhz ram not 1333? That's about all I can muster, he'll enjoy the system. :]
    
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definately look at an I5 2500K cpu, mentioned many times on OCN as a great gamming CPU with good headroom for OCing.
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Can they even tell the difference between console/pc graphics on BF3? If the videos EA put up weren't enough to sway them, I'm not sure showing them a $800 pc config would help. My console friends really can't tell the difference, so they aren't willing to spend money on a high end pc, even after going through 5+ 360's. Other than that, do what the guys above say, 2500k, etc etc.
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Do you live near a Microcenter? You can get a 2500K for $180 there, so its cheaper than the 2400 and gives the option to overclock down the road once he is hooked.
    
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I'm sorry for the price I would say move up the 2500k and maybe a cheap p67 for a mild 4.0 on the stock cooler, that shouldn't add more than 40 bucks. Also swap the ram for a 1600 as suggested and maybe buy used for a video card to save a bit of cash. When I get home I'll be able to look for some parts but what others have suggested is pretty good. Please note if you want him to try and get into PC gaming leaving him the door open for upgrading and OC'ing should be a if you want him I'm to with it.

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Originally Posted by mad0314 View Post
Do you live near a Microcenter? You can get a 2500K for $180 there, so its cheaper than the 2400 and gives the option to overclock down the road once he is hooked.
Not sure MC had made it out to Australia yet



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