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So I will be building a gaming PC for my brother soon. My budget for it is $700, a little over it will be fine. So please advice me on what parts I should get. Thanks in advance.
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what kind of games does he play? Will he do anything but game?
    
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Does that price include monitor or not? Also, what resolution and what games will be played?
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what kind of games does he play? Will he do anything but game?

Mainly FPS like CSS, MW3 and BF3. Gaming is his main priority.
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Does that price include monitor or not? Also, what resolution and what games will be played?

No monitor. Just computer parts. Resolution will be 1680*1050
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Part list permalink / Part price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Microcenter)
CPU Cooler: Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 76.8 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($22.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($121.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Scorpio Black 500GB 2.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($64.99 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6870 1GB Video Card ($129.99 @ Newegg)
Case: NZXT Source 210 Elite (Black) ATX Mid Tower Case ($42.08 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Antec 650W ATX12V Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: LG GH22NS90B DVD/CD Writer ($15.99 @ Newegg)

Total: $685.00

Thanks for the build. Looking into the parts.
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That's a pretty good list from HoboLord, though keep in mind it is taking rebates into account in the final price. I'd recommend the Antec Earthwatts 430 at Newegg instead for PSU ($20 less, yes, the wattage is still plenty for an overclocked i5 + oc'd gpu). And possibly a cheap z77 instead of the z68.
    
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That's a pretty good list from HoboLord, though keep in mind it is taking rebates into account in the final price. I'd recommend the Antec Earthwatts 430 at Newegg instead for PSU ($20 less, yes, the wattage is still plenty for an overclocked i5 + oc'd gpu). And possibly a cheap z77 instead of the z68.
The earthwatts 430w is great. I own two of them. I would just get the 650w because its on a really nice sale. In fact it's actually cheaper the earthwatts 500w which was what I was going to go for but better for cheaper is always good. It also leaves room for a future CF configuration.

Regarding the mobo, I would say there's no reason to but of you want to get a better one get the ASRock extreme4 Z77 which is actually cheaper then the previous extreme4s

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Well I was actually envisioning one of the $118 z77s, like the cheap Gigabyte one, but yeah, we're thinking the same thing pretty much. I was actually recommending the Earthwatts 650 last week because of that very sale. They just put the 430 on sale for $40 this week. Only a $20 buck difference, but meh.
    
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If you get your CPU from Microcenter, I would recommend getting your motherboard there, also. They offer a $50 instant rebate if you buy a motherboard and CPU together.
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If you get your CPU from Microcenter, I would recommend getting your motherboard there, also. They offer a $50 instant rebate if you buy a motherboard and CPU together.
In store only so only if he's close.

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