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So my roomy wants a gaming rig that can play games like crysis 2 and the such on at least medium graphics, I don't know how CPU intensive modern games are, but nvidia or ati doesn't matter, as long as it can play games decently well under 550, just the rig and no windows needed.
   
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Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227 50$
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519 100$
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995 125$
ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 35$
gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134138 70$
psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096 70$
hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 80$
dvd burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 17$

Shipping will knock that a tad over 550$
If your friend ever has some more extra cash lying around, this build is very upgradeable, that cpu overclocks very well, and can usually unlock to a hex core, the video card is decent for most games

but all you'd have to do in the future to make it way faster is just drop in a more high end video card, the cpu wont bottleneck it, and that power supply can easily handle it
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Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811119227 50$
motherboard: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813128519 100$
cpu: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819103995 125$
ram: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820220570 35$
gpu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814134138 70$
psu http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817151096 70$
hdd http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145299 80$
dvd burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106289 17$
Shipping will knock that a tad over 550$
If your friend ever has some more extra cash lying around, this build is very upgradeable, that cpu overclocks very well, and can usually unlock to a hex core, the video card is decent for most games
but all you'd have to do in the future to make it way faster is just drop in a more high end video card, the cpu wont bottleneck it, and that power supply can easily handle it

edit: if thats a strict budget of 550, let me know, I'll swap a few things around tomorrow
post #4 of 22
i can usually unlock to a hex core, the video card is decent for most games .g.gif
post #5 of 22
I would go with a cheaper motherboard say a 50 dollar one and get a better video card. After all its a gaming system and a video card is the heart of it.
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post #6 of 22
A shame with the prices of the HDD's nowadays. That build could've been a 40 dollar hdd and a gtx 550ti with the money it'd save.
post #7 of 22
I built my rig for $550ish two years ago. A year after i built it I ended up putting another $600 into it. If i learned anything it's that you should wait and save up some more $$ if you want something nice. Tell your friend to save up another $250 or $300 more, it would really make a difference instead of cheaping out on everything.
    
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post #8 of 22
^^
Good advice there. In 2 years I spent over £900 on a computer that I recently replaced. Dropping money here and there, instead of saving up to a high budget and getting something that will last.
Get him to save more, then buy a system. He won't regret it, and it would play more games in the future too thumb.gif
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You can definitely save money on the PSU on that build above. Rosewill Green 530W can power that system if unlocked to 6 cores and is $55, and thats for a x6 with a 560Ti, depending on the card a 450W could run it. You really want a better video card in there.
    
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post #10 of 22
Why not save some money on cpu? Most games are actully made for 3 threads, so you could get an x3 and maybe a better gpu. Save more money here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B004EMMP3A/ref=redir_mdp
Its it not im possible, and really how could u wait and NOT game. maybe get a hdd used if u can. Personaly i would go for an fx-4100 over a 960t cause it overclocks better.
 
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