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Pontiac's second build or Kaffiene's build would be my choices given the budget. You could always take the best of both, mix and match.

His choice of RAM and PSU is better than mine so if you can make the stretch (only ~$10) then got those instead!
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The OP has a hardware budget of $600, given they are going to use approximately $100 on an operating system.
I won't argue with you; an OS can be sourced independently and for varying price.
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Thanks for the advice everyone, my brother is still a student so he can get an OS for next to nothing im not too worried about that part.
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thumb.gif Good to hear! I think either of these two would be best as-is, but I am an SSD fanboy:

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PCPartPicker part list: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg
Price breakdown by merchant: http://pcpartpicker.com/p/FKkwpg/by_merchant/

CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK EreBoss 56.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($28.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: G.Skill Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2400 Memory ($74.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 290 4GB IceQ X² Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master HAF 912 ATX Mid Tower Case ($44.99 @ Micro Center)
Power Supply: EVGA 750W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX Power Supply ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Optical Drive: Samsung SH-224DB/RSBS DVD/CD Writer ($15.74 @ Amazon)
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1 (OEM) (64-bit) ($89.98 @ OutletPC)
Total: $780.60
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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I suggest cheaper RAM. If you don't need it, ditch the DVD drive. If you can add it in later, ditch the cooler (at least for the time being). A 128GiB SSD would be nice to have. Crucial M550 is quite cheap at the moment. The CPU is probably going to be limited by the cooler though, so that would be the first upgrade to get.

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860k and a 290 with overclocking headroom on both.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: AMD Athlon X4 860K 3.7GHz Quad-Core Processor ($79.98 @ OutletPC)
CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-U9B SE2 37.9 CFM CPU Cooler ($46.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: MSI A88XM GAMING Micro ATX FM2+ Motherboard ($90.94 @ OutletPC)
Memory: G.Skill Sniper Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($72.98 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($53.97 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: PowerColor Radeon R9 290 4GB PCS+ Video Card ($269.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $709.82
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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This is also good. Again, cheaper RAM, ditch the cooler for the time being, and add an SSD instead. Coolers are reasonably easy to swap, and the 860K doesn't need to much anyway. A Cooler Master 212 or TX3 for around $20 ought to get you 4.5GHz or so with headroom.


The main difference is that Pontiac's build offers better multi-core performance on an older platform, while painkiller's offers better single-core performance on a newer (but I think dead-end) platform.
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Thanks for the advice everyone, my brother is still a student so he can get an OS for next to nothing im not too worried about that part.

With that in mind...

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CPU: AMD FX-6300 3.5GHz 6-Core Processor ($96.98 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3P ATX AM3+ Motherboard ($74.99 @ Micro Center)
Memory: Kingston Fury Black Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($71.99 @ NCIX US)
Storage: Crucial MX100 256GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($104.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Video Card: HIS Radeon R9 290 4GB IceQ X² Video Card ($239.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Corsair SPEC-01 RED ATX Mid Tower Case ($39.99 @ Newegg)
Power Supply: SeaSonic 620W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($54.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $683.92
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
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Under budget too biggrin.gif Next step would be to get a aftermarket cooler and then a 1 or 2TB HDD but they can both be bought rather cheaply and you might even be able to fit a CM Hyper 212+/evo in the budget but I couldnt find one on part picker.
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I am more and more in line with the idea of going with a smaller ssd in a budget build rather than an HDD. Usually, the ssd is big enough to hold a small handful of games and the size is manageable, especially on a budget. Then, add the larger HDD later on. I used to always go with the 1 tb HDD up front and add the ssd later. That always required reinstalling Windows of course. But, lately, I'm thinking the smaller ssd first is making better sense and just limiting yourself for a handful of Games installed at a time, which for most people is just fine.
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I am more and more in line with the idea of going with a smaller ssd in a budget build rather than an HDD. Usually, the ssd is big enough to hold a small handful of games and the size is manageable, especially on a budget. Then, add the larger HDD later on. I used to always go with the 1 tb HDD up front and add the ssd later. That always required reinstalling Windows of course. But, lately, I'm thinking the smaller ssd first is making better sense and just limiting yourself for a handful of Games installed at a time, which for most people is just fine.

Thats actually how I feel as well, I talked to my brother and HDD performance isn't very high on his priority, all he wants to do is download steam games, play emulators and do some work for school. I'm thinking of saving money for him for now and skipping the SSD and buying a couple of regualr 1TB+ drives. Also for now he is not really interested in Overclocking and what not, I will have to get him hooked on that later I guess.
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Thats
Thats actually how I feel as well, I talked to my brother and HDD performance isn't very high on his priority, all he wants to do is download steam games, play emulators and do some work for school. I'm thinking of saving money for him for now and skipping the SSD and buying a couple of regualr 1TB+ drives. Also for now he is not really interested in Overclocking and what not, I will have to get him hooked on that later I guess.
yes this year will drop in price the ssds but dont skip the ocing capabilities
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