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A build for a friend's birthday

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Because who hasn't done one of these? Anyway! A friend of mine is turning a year older in a couple months, and one thing he's been REALLY wanting is a gaming PC. Being stuck with a Chromebook and an aging PS3, I can't exactly blame him.

A friend and I are going to be putting up the money for it. Our budget is a fuzzy $700. Not looking to do any overclocking, and he just wants to play modern games on decent settings, so I think that will be enough. That $700 doesn't include things like a monitor, mouse, keyboard, or even the OS. All of that is stuff me and my friend can provide, so the $700ish can go towards parts.

We were looking at something small, there's only so much space a tiny bedroom sized studio apartment can hold. So no giant ATX cases please.

The games he was looking to play besides a generic "all of them" was Minecraft (because why not?) and Final Fantasy 14, if that helps at all.

So yeah, any help picking out parts or even a pre-built machine would be awesome. I've been out of the game too long.
post #2 of 7
Assuming you're in the states.

Here is my proposition.

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i3-4360 3.7GHz Dual-Core Processor ($140.95 @ SuperBiiz)
CPU Cooler: RAIJINTEK AIDOS BLACK 48.6 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler ($19.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($79.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: G.Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1866 Memory ($45.89 @ OutletPC)
Storage: OCZ ARC 100 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($79.99 @ Amazon)
Video Card: Gigabyte Radeon R9 380 4GB Video Card ($199.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master N200 MicroATX Mid Tower Case ($43.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA G2 550W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply ($89.99 @ Amazon)
Total: $700.78
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 10:52 EST-0500

You could opt to get a used R9 280X for 125-150$ USD and upgrade that i3 to an i5 as an alternative.
post #3 of 7
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I suppose I should have mentioned that. Yes, I'm in the USA.
post #4 of 7
Then my build stands.
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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($172.89 @ OutletPC)
Motherboard: ASRock H81M-ITX Mini ITX LGA1150 Motherboard ($58.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Crucial Ballistix Tactical Tracer 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($38.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: OCZ Trion 100 240GB 2.5" Solid State Drive ($59.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 380 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($172.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Silverstone RVZ01B Mini ITX Desktop Case ($78.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Silverstone 450W 80+ Bronze Certified SFX Power Supply ($59.99 @ NCIX US)
Total: $694.70
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 11:07 EST-0500

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PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($169.10 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z97M OC Formula Micro ATX LGA1150 Motherboard ($99.98 @ Newegg)
Memory: Avexir Blitz1.1 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3-2133 Memory ($69.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $714.93
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 18:53 EST-0500


PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant

CPU: Intel Core i5-6500 3.2GHz Quad-Core Processor ($194.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock Z170M Pro4S Micro ATX LGA1151 Motherboard ($98.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Memory: Mushkin Redline 8GB (1 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 Memory ($49.99 @ Newegg)
Storage: Western Digital Caviar Blue 1TB 3.5" 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive ($51.88 @ OutletPC)
Video Card: XFX Radeon R9 290 4GB Double Dissipation Video Card ($249.99 @ Newegg)
Case: Cougar Spike MicroATX Mini Tower Case ($33.99 @ SuperBiiz)
Power Supply: Thermaltake SMART 650W 80+ Bronze Certified ATX Power Supply ($40.00 @ Newegg)
Total: $719.83
Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available
Generated by PCPartPicker 2015-11-10 18:52 EST-0500
  
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post #7 of 7
Got some pretty nice builds up there ^^^.

I just wanted to come in and say what a good friend you and your other friend are who are coming together and putting the funds together for the build. Kudos to the both of you.
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