I apologize if this is in the wrong section.
My buddy is building a PC with a $600 budget. I'll ask for your help because I don't know much about hardware.
Budget Range: $550 - $600 -> Including shipping but not rebates. He's willing to go a bit above that but not too much.
System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming, , "Photoshoping" frequently, Programming
Are you buying a monitor: No
Do you need to buy OS: No
Preferred Website(s) for Parts: Newegg, Microcenter
CPU: Intel (AMD is okay)
GPU: No preference
Case: Cooler Master, Antec, suggestions are welcome
Overclocking: CPU, No; GPU, Maybe
SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, in the future. PSU will be replaced of course.
Monitor Resolution: 1366 x 768
No parts have been picked out yet, he'd just like something that will suit his needs at this price. Also, if possible, he wants room for upgrades, but it's not necessary.
Sapphire Radeon HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 256-bit CrossfireX Ready Card - $149.99 (Newegg)
Sapphire Radeon HD 7770 GHz OC Edition 1GB GDDR5 128-bit Card - $129.99 (Newegg)
PSU: CORSAIR Builder Series CX500 V2 500W Active PFC Power Supply - $59.99 (Newegg)
(will continue to add as he fills me in)
Hey man, i work at Microcenter, if you are going to go I3 don't go 3220. Get the 3225 because right now we have a motherboard bundle deal for 50 bucks off your board with the 3225 specifically. Hope that helps. The 3225 is a fine processor for gaming purposes