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Even @ 720p to pay those games you will need something like a HD 7770.
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Even @ 720p to pay those games you will need something like a HD 7770.
I don't think so. I'm at 720 right now pushuling 60fps on HD4600 HASWELL GRAPHICS
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I don't think so. I'm at 720 right now pushuling 60fps on HD4600 HASWELL GRAPHICS

There is no way youre going to get 60fps on 720p on Battlefield 3 with haswell graphics
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There is no way youre going to get 60fps on 720p on Battlefield 3 with haswell graphics
Not BF3 but games like PayDay and Left 4 Dead and Borderlands 2. I'm getting ready for my Qnix and 7950 to get here.
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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)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=81159&vpn=FD%2DCA%2DCORE%2D1000%2DUSB3%2DBL&manufacture=Fractal%20Design&promoid=1311
mATX-only case.

Zalman Z9 Case ($35)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=57909&vpn=Z9&manufacture=ZALMAN%20TECH&promoid=1311
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)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=62331&vpn=VP450&manufacture=Antec
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)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822149380
A 1TB HDD would be $60 (@us.ncix.com)

Crucial Ballistix 2x4gb RAM ($51)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=78509&vpn=BLT2KIT4G3D1337DT1TX0&manufacture=CRUCIAL%20TECHNOLOGY
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.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16826570014&Tpk=storm%20xornet&IsVirtualParent=1

Cheapo Keyboard - $6
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=63054&vpn=KB%2D6689&manufacture=nGear%20Technologies%20Inc%2E

Cheapo Speakers - $15
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=39036&vpn=R18T&manufacture=EDIFIER&promoid=1311

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)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138370
(VGA & DVI only, no HDMI)

AMD a10-6800k ($115)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=76269&vpn=AD580KWOHJBOX&manufacture=AMD&promoid=1413

Total: $490. Though if you can bump up to the $525 mark, you can get an a10-6800k.
( http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=83853&vpn=AD680KWOHLBOX&manufacture=AMD )

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).
    
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I recommend buying second hand. A second hand Phenom II C3 stepping, a 790 or 970 or even 990 board if you can get one (my CHV is second hand but works great, just can't OC my CPU beyond this point), 2x2GB RAM and a second hand 7700, 7800 or even 6900 video card. I can't recommend nVidia because I don't know the equivalent.
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Save some more money or look in the classifieds for a used gaming rig. Also, could just look for used parts and in the end purchase one or two new items to finish it off.

Personally I would go with my first suggestion and save up some more money, build a system that can do some decent gaming for at least a year or more and upgrade it when the time comes or as required.

Peace.
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With a $500 budget, you can get a LOT more system if you buy used. I bought my GTX 580 about a year ago for slightly over $200, so you ought to be able to get one for $150ish now if you're lucky. Or actually, a 660 Ti might be better, since it performs about the same in most cases and uses a LOT less power/heat.

Honestly, you COULD build a gaming system brand new for $500, but if your buddy can be patient and look for deals second-hand, you can get probably twice the system for the same price.
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