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I am proposing a build for a friend, to get him into pc gaming and show him it is not that expensive. (shh) I have built my own PC before, but I am too lazy right now to find a build and also I sort of need it quick to convince him. I am using the form from another website about what is required for this build. Not exactly sure if there is a general builds forum but I wil just put one in the Intel section, I sort of prefer Intel CPUs but I am leaning more towards AMD GPUs, (look below for more info). I have noticed in other builds people aren't putting hard drives and he needs a hard drive, a regular HDD will do fine no SSD needed.

Approximate Purchase Date: Doesn't really matter too much for this build but I will just say before the next two months are done, unless something amazingly better is coming out in two months but I think that has sort of already happened.

Budget Range: $650 (Friend specifically said under 650 USD, but I mean I would throw in some of my own money ($50ish) to get him into PC gaming but whatever works)

System Usage from Most to Least Important: Gaming really is the most important, I don't think he will video edit or do 3d modeling and the other typical activities (movies, surfing web etc) don't require that good of a computer just good internet.

Are you buying a monitor: No

Parts to Upgrade: N/A

Do you need to buy OS: Yes Windows 7 it will be, so just factor that in (the reason I am not just subtracting it from the total amount is because sometimes there are bundles of the OS and mobos or CPUs)

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, amazon.com(w/prime), tigerdirect, I don't really mind too much, but he might get uneasy buying some expensive part from a sketchy place

Location: West Coast United States

Parts Preferences: As I stated before I generally like Intel CPUs better than AMD and I also generally like Nvidia better than AMD, but I have noticed that AMD GPUs are a little cheaper for just as good benchmarks or better and a lot of the games he would play are optimized for AMD GPUs, so AMD GPU is fine with me (plus some of them come with free games or discounts on the games he would play). I showed him the benchmarks for a 7950 on some games and he was impressed so something like that would be good.

Overclocking: Maybe but I would say probably not, cuz he is a little new to hardcore computing and if he would want to do that, he could buy a better cooler down the road

SLI or Crossfire: Probably not, the simpler the better is all I am gonna say

Thanks any help is appreciated, hopefully I can convert another to the master race. thumb.gif
post #2 of 8
a few suggestions:
an intel build but i cut corners and its still slightly over budget!

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3330 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor ($189.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock B75M-DGS R2.0 Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($49.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($36.55 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.32 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Base Total: $733.21
Promo Discounts: -$19.44
Combo Discounts: -$11.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $682.77
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 01:15 EDT-0400)

AMD platform

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 960GM/U3S3 FX Micro ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 250GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($50.97 @ Amazon)
Video Card: MSI GeForce GTX 660 2GB Video Card ($174.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Rosewill Blackbone ATX Mid Tower Case ($31.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: Antec Basiq 500W ATX12V Power Supply ($51.32 @ Outlet PC)
Optical Drive: LG GH24NS95 DVD/CD Writer ($14.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (32-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Base Total: $693.21
Promo Discounts: -$22.99
Mail-in Rebates: -$20.00
Total: $650.22
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 01:20 EDT-0400)

really ought to have a cpu cooler for that . . .
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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19Ey9
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19Ey9/by_merchant/
Benchmarks: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/19Ey9/benchmarks/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($117.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock 970 EXTREME4 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($84.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($63.00 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($65.98 @ Outlet PC)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($139.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Azza Triton 401 ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.99 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($48.00 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Total: $661.91
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-06-24 02:47 EDT-0400)

i would like to get msi twin frozer gtx 660 but it would hit the 700$ ceiling.
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Samsung Spinpoint F1 HD102UJ 1TB/16MB Mushkin Enhanced Chronos 120GB SSD Western Digital Caviar Green WD20EARX 2TB/64MB LG GH22NS70 DVDRW SATA (Black) OEM 
CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
Cooler Master Hyper 212+ Cooler Master SickleFlow 120mm Red LED Fan  Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit SP1  Philips 32PFL 3605/98 LCD 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Logitech G11 Mushkin Enhanced Joule 800W 80+ Silver Cooler Master Elite RC-311 Razer DeathAdder 
Mouse PadAudio
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CPUMotherboardRAMHard Drive
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Genius Keyboard Spillproof  FSP Supersonic 550W  Aopen Nagas G3  Edifier Speaker Aurora 2.1 
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chill thanks, these are some great builds
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Will a FX-6300 bottleneck a GTX 760?
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for the most part no (the 6200/6350 are compreable)


but, there are some cpu intensive games where it will be a "limitation" (more than a 15% than the top CPU):
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CoolingCoolingOSMonitor
EKWB P280 kit EK-VGA supremacy Win X LG 24MC57HQ-P 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($119.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($94.97 @ Outlet PC)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Sport 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.99 @ Microcenter)
Storage: Toshiba 500GB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($46.99 @ Newegg)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition 2GB Video Card ($169.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Thermaltake VL800P1W2N (Black/Red) ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Amazon)
Power Supply: Corsair CX 430W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($22.50 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Asus DRW-24B1ST/BLK/B/AS DVD/CD Writer ($16.99 @ Newegg)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ Outlet PC)
Base Total: $682.88
Promo Discounts: -$10.49
Combo Discounts: -$15.00
Mail-in Rebates: -$35.00
Total: $622.39

n if you dont mind sending 20 to 30$ extra get your friend a decent HSF like a 212 EVO or something;)

Hope that helped thumb.gif
Edited by Tarun - 7/20/13 at 12:29pm
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