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Looking to build a budget quad core for a friend of mines. I know he games at a low resolution (1024x1080) and wants to spend as little as possible. Looking for a value around 600 or so. Trying to make this futureproof as possible for the next 4-5 years.
Looking for suggestions with these as the main components.
Quad Core
Decent Video Card (ATI 4xxx series driver support good?)
4GB ram
1TB HDD

Doesn't want to overclock doesn't care for that stuff (not that computer savy). He basicly wants to play L4D2 and other games in the future. Thanks for your help everyone!
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Quad core for $99? Can't be beat

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16819103706

The video card...I would suggest a 5xxx series ATI card considering the DX11 support if you are looking for longevity of this build. The 5750 can be had for $145

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scription=5750

If that is too much, then the 4850 is a little cheaper yet still a decent card with DX 10.1 support

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scription=4550

The RAM gets a little tricky. There is still some DDR2 that is cheaper than DDR3 in the 4GB range, but not a lot. I would personally suggest going with the DDR3 as 1) I'm not sure if the AM3 socket type supports DDR2 properly, and 2) it will obviously give him better performance for the future.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

As far as the hard drive goes, the cheapest 1TB got a 5 egg rating, so I would say it is good option for him

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...e=&srchInDesc=

Then as long as he gets a decent micro ATX board and I'd say a 500W PSU and mid tower case, he should get out cheap and have a decent rig built

Don't forget to browse the For Sale section on here to see if he can get any good parts for cheap..
Edited by razorguy - 12/8/09 at 12:34am
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click my for sale thread in my sig, the only thing you are missing is a vid card and can get a hd 5770 for 165, that brings you to 665 dollars a little extra but you get top of the line mobo and cpu and ram
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I would actually look into th ati 4830 as a budget card, its very stout and can push pretty hard for only a 100 bucks
    
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