Originally Posted by PCBuilder94
He will be playing WoW, BF3, Guild Wars 2, and Diablo II, and SC2. Tons of single threaded games.
Actually any modern CPU should handle WoW fine, BF3 likes quad-cores (and BF3 multiplayer likes fast quad-cores...), Guild Wars 2 also likes faster CPUs... Diablo II/III can both be run by a picture of a CPU drawn on a napkin, and only SC2 is really heavily single-threaded. So if SC2 isn't his passion, I'd probably go for an APU or skimp on a GPU in order to try and fit an fx-6300 in the budget. Let's see. First of all taking $100 out of the budget for windows, we're down to $400. Now let's get all the supporting stuff, as cheap as possible.
Fractal Design Core 1000 ($35)
mATX-only case.Zalman Z9 Case ($35)
Not my choice in terms of looks, nor is it top-shelf quality. But it's roomy, comes with two fans, and is cheap.
Antec Basiq 450w ($40)
There's a reason it's called Basiq. The fan may get progressively louder in a year or two. But it'll provide the power you need, at a decent quality, for cheap.
Toshiba 500gb HDD ($47)
A 1TB HDD would be $60 (@us.ncix.com)Crucial Ballistix 2x4gb RAM ($51)
Trust me, 8gb of RAM is worth the extra $20 over 4gb of RAM.
DVD-burner - not strictly necessary
Cooler Master Storm Xornet Mouse - $25 after promo code. You didn't specify, but I assumed you needed a mouse. Normally I'd recommend a Mionix Naos 3200, but that's $50.
Cheapo Keyboard - $6
Cheapo Speakers - $15
Subtotal: $219, though if you cut the mouse, keyboard, and speakers, that'd be $50 less. So unfortunately, that only leaves you with $180 ish for the GPU/CPU/Mobo. So, of course, an APU is your only option. If the single-threaded performance isn't good enough for you, too bad! That also requires faster RAM, as it now doubles as your VRAM.
G.Skill 2x4gb 1866mhz RAM ($66 after promo code).
New subtotal: $234
Mobo Biostar A55 ($41 after promo code)
(VGA & DVI only, no HDMI)
AMD a10-6800k ($115)
Total: $490. Though if you can bump up to the $525 mark, you can get an a10-6800k.
Comparing to the above, Alanim's build has significantly better base performance, but it's also $100 more expensive (~$50 + the mouse, keyboard & speakers I included but he did not).